Have you spotted a creamy white cut on your tongue? Do you suffer from frequent bleeding when cleaning your tongue? Then you probably might be suffering from a condition called ‘Oropharyngeal Candidiasis’, which is colloquially known as oral thrush.
Oral thrush is a tongue infection that can also affect other areas around the tongue. So are there any remedies that can help treat this painful issue? You bet there are!
And that’s what we are going to talk of in this post! But before that, you would first like to know what causes oral thrush, right? Then read on!
Causes And Symptoms Of Oral Thrush:
Usually, oral thrush is caused by diabetes, antibiotics, dentures or smoking. (1)
The most common symptom of thrush is a creamy white cut in the mouth. Although it is primarily found on the tongue, you can suffer from thrush on your inner cheeks as well. Other areas that can become infected include tonsils, gums, or the throat. The cuts usually appear creamy. They are quite painful and may even bleed when you brush or when you clean the tongue. Some severe cases have recorded cuts spreading to the swallowing tube or the esophagus.
This condition can lead to a difficulty in swallowing or even cause fever (2).
Oral Thrush Home Remedies:
Now that you know what oral thrush is and how it can affect the mouth, let’s look at some home remedies for the same!
1. Salt Water:
Salt water is one of the best remedies for oral thrush. Mix a couple of teaspoons of salt in a cup of water. Gargle with the solution around 3-4 times daily. By the second week, you’ll notice a visible reduction in the lesions.
2. Apple Cider Vinegar:
Apple cider vinegar can help treat thrush. Mix a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar and 2 heaped teaspoons of salt in a cup of warm water. Gargle with the solution several times a day to rid yourself of thrush.
3. Baking Soda:
You can ease thrush by applying a paste of baking soda and water with a cotton ball. Mix 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda powder in a cup of warm water. Dip the cotton ball in the paste and dab the paste on the affected area to provide relief. Apply the paste 2-3 times daily.
4. Coconut Oil:
Coconut oil is also said to alleviate thrush. Mix a couple of teaspoons of coconut oil in warm water. Gargle with the mixture twice or thrice daily. Alternatively, you can soak a cotton ball in coconut oil and dab the affected area to ease thrush.
Chewing garlic cloves regularly can eliminate the lesions. You can either apply garlic oil to the cut with a swab or eat cloves. Garlic helps heal oral thrush quickly (3)
6. Grapefruit Seeds:
Grapefruit seed extract can help cure thrush. Applied directly to the lesion, or mixed with water (2 teaspoons oil in 1 cup warm water), grapefruit juice is known to reduce inflammation and heal the cut. Rinse your mouth with the solution several times a day to treat thrush.
Yogurt’s coolness automatically makes it a great choice to heal inflammations and cuts in the mouth. Thrush has been recorded to be treated with yogurt. Eating a small cup of plain yogurt twice or thrice daily can help heal thrush.
8. Aloe Vera:
Aloe Vera juice helps heal thrush. A glass (1/4th glass) of aloe Vera juice daily helps reduce thrush. Alternatively, you can apply aloe Vera gel to the affected area twice in a day to treat thrush.
Drinking a cup of Margosa leaf tea daily is one of the effective natural remedies for oral thrush. Alternatively, you can dab margosa oil to the area to provide relief.
10. Tea Tree And Peppermint Oil:
A mix of tea tree and peppermint oil helps reduce thrush. Mix 2 teaspoons of tea tree oil and 1 teaspoon of peppermint oil; soak a cotton ball in the solution; dab the solution on the lesion twice or thrice daily and watch as the cut heals. (4)
These are some home remedies for Oral Thrush. As we talked about above, it can easily escalate into a chronic condition with the lesions spreading to the esophagus. So, better not wait if you are suffering from thrush. Try one of these oral thrush home remedies for quick relief!
Did you ever suffer from oral thrush? How did you cure it? Share with us in the comments section below!
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