A round of antibiotics that were supposed to heal your respiratory infection may be cause of another infection. Oral thrush is a side effect of antibiotic use that results from a Candida overgrowth. The good news is you don’t need another medication to treat the infection. There are natural remedies that will help you.
What Is Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush is a bacterial infection of the mouth that is usually the result of Candida overgrowth. Symptoms of oral thrush begin as small white lesions that cover the tongue and insides of the cheeks. The lesions can spread to the roof of the mouth and the gums. Beneath the lesions, the affected areas are red and will easily bleed when a lesion is removed. If the condition goes untreated, the corners of the mouth will crack and the mouth may turn red. Advanced cases of the condition cause difficulty swallowing and fever. The longer the condition goes untreated, the worse it will become.
What Is Systemic Candida and How Do You Address It?
Before oral thrush can be fully treated, you must first address systemic Candida. Systemic Candida, according to YeastInfection.org, is “a complicated collection of various signs and symptoms which make up different diseases. These forms of candidiasis are most always seen in individuals with reduced function of the immune system or some other type of weakening of their defences, and almost any organ of the body may be involved. However, there are many natural barriers to this form of disease, and it only occurs in individuals who have reduced or altered host defenses.” In other words, it can affect the entire body. Because systemic Candida is the underlying cause of oral thrush, you must address Candida before you can treat the condition. Systemic Candida is treated through a three-step approach of diet, antifungals, and probiotics.
Why Are Essential Oils Important?
Essential oils can be used in different ways. The first step is to add oils to water to create a mouthwash that will kill the yeast in the mouth. You can find some recipes in the candida crusher book as well as here. Add 2 to 3 drops of peppermint or spearmint oil to a half cup of water and use like any other mouthwash. Another way to use essential oils in the treatment of oral thrush is oil pulling. Oil pulling is the process of swishing oil, preferably extra virgin coconut oil, around in the mouth. The oil collects and traps pathogens and also kills yeast within the mouth.
Oral thrush is a terribly painful condition to live with. The good news is that once you address systemic Candida, you can begin to naturally treat the infection with essential oils.