Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Home Remedy for Candidiasis

Candidiasis refers to an infection of the mouth caused by the fungus candida, it is also known as yeast infection. This kind of is not just limited to the mouth area; it can also occur in other parts of the body, Candida is also the fungus that causes diaper rash in infants and vaginal yeast infections in some women. But, thrush can affect anyone, especially for those people with weak immune system.

Causes

There is small amount of candida fungus present in the mouth, digestive tract, and skin of most healthy people.

Some medications can upset the balance of microorganisms in the mouth and may cause thrush. This includes antibiotics, corticosteroids, and birth control pills. There is illnesses that can inhibit candida infection to develop this include HIV infection, uncontrolled diabetes, cancer, dry mouth, and pregnancy.

Smoking, and even dentures that that don’t fit properly also adds up to risk for thrush. Nursing mothers can pass candida infection to their infants during breast-feeding.

Symptoms

Thrush is usually develops suddenly, and it may become chronic, persisting over a long period of time.

Presence of creamy white, slightly raised lesions in your mouth that can be compared to a cottage cheese appearance that are painful and might bleed when scraped by brushing the teeth. In some cases these lesions can spread into esophageal tube that causes pain and/or difficulty swallowing as well as fever.

People with weak immune systems like HIV infected can be easily infected with this kind of fungus, this leads to spreading of the infection to other parts of the body, including the lungs, liver, and skin.


Treatment

In healthy children and adults it can be effectively treated, symptoms maybe more severe and difficult to manage for those with weak immune systems.

Some treatments include:

Calendula:
In tea form, consume at least 3 cups a day

Tea Tree Oil:
Rub in affected area, and also works as gargle.

Virgin Coconut oil:
Apply/rub in affected area, can be also taken internally.

Garlic:
In paste form, apply directly on the affected parts.

Prevention

Do not smoke
Practice good oral hygiene.
Avoid mouthwashes or sprays
See your dentist regularly
Minimize consumptions of food with sugar and yeast ingredients, like bread, and beer.
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