hrusee also Candidiasis, Thrush
Fungal infection of the mouth, and sometimes the throat, most common in the young and elderly, and in people who wear dentures; communities of Candida albicans begin to thrive when resistance is low after illness, antibiotics, or oral corticosteroids, causing whitish, sticky patches to develop in the mouth; these are abraded by eating or cleaning teeth, leaving raw, sore areas. Hormonal changes in pregnancy or when a woman is taking oral contraceptives may also encourage development. Your medical doctor will probably prescribe antifungal lozenges, but if condition recurs, as it tends to, you should consider constitutional treatment to boost general immunity.
Specific remedies to be taken 4 times daily for up to 5 days
- At earliest signs of outbreak Borax 30c
- More saliva than usual, trembling tongue Mercurius 30c
- Patches hot and sore, made worse by drinking cold water Capsicum 30c
- Associated with cold sores on lips Natrum mur. 30c
- Associated with mouth ulcers and feeling worn out Arsenicum 30c
Self-Help: Aloe Vera mouthwash or Acidophilus taken out of the capsules or live yoghurt (obtainable from most chemists and health food shops); these have an antifungal effect. If dentures are worn, sterilize them regularly.