Tongue Thrush: The Symptoms, The Causes and The Cure

Tongue thrush is usually experienced as a thick, white coating of yeast overgrowth on the tongue. It is caused by the fungi candida albicans and it can cause pain, irritation and frustration in trying to get rid of it. Tongue thrush symptoms include:

  • White, cheesey overgrowth on the tongue
  • In a baby’s mouth, a white coating that cannot be wiped off
  • May cause bleeding in the mouth
  • Pain and irritation

Factors That May Cause Tongue Thrush:

Tongue thrush is becoming increasingly common due to dietary factors and use of prescription drugs that predispose a person towards yeast overgrowth. Common factors contributing to the growth of tongue thrush include:

  • Antibiotics – This is one of the biggest factors as antibiotics are so commonly prescribed that it’s become a real problem, in terms of triggering other health issues such as the rise of antibiotic resistant germs as well as promoting yeast overgrowth. Antibiotics suppress the immune system, and leave a person vulnerable to yeast. Antibiotics are extremely common in labor and delivery, contributing to the rise of thrush in babies and breastfeeding moms. Many adults develop thrush immediately after taking antibiotics. Once the yeast takes hold, it can be difficult to get rid of.
  • Steroids – Steroids suppress the immune system and therefore make it easier for any invasive organism to overgrow, including yeast. Oral steroids are particularly associated with tongue thrush.
  • Surgery/Trauma – Any traumatic event to the body, such as surgery, makes it harder for the body to fend off infections, such as yeast, which is the cause of thrush overgrowth on the tongue.
  • Diet/Lifestyle – Too much sugar, yeasted foods, refined carbohydrates, alcohol, drugs, lack of sleep; these can all be contributing factors in the development of yeast overgrowth anywhere in the body, including the mouth.


Treating Tongue Thrush Symptoms

Whether tongue thrush occurs in a baby, child or adult, one thing that is clear is that the yeast is present in other areas of the body as well, not just the tongue. So while it’s important to treat the thrush in the mouth for quick relief, it’s also important to address the overall immunity problem to ensure that the yeast doesn’t grow back. Without the correct approach, tongue thrush can easily become a chronic and recurring problem.

What’s essential is to address the thrush naturally. While modern medicine is useful for many things, unfortunately there are not any drugs to effectively address fungal infections. The problem is that fungi are very hardy little creatures, so trying to develop a drug that is poisonous enough to kill the fungi without killing or harming the person who takes it has been a real challenge.

Nystatin for Tongue Thrush?

Nystatin is a drug that is not particularly harmful but unfortunately is not very effective either. I receive emails weekly from people who join my program who have used Nystatin for thrush without success or in some cases, after experiencing that it actually made the thrush worse.

You might imagine that if even drugs can’t effectively kill yeast, what about natural remedies? Well, a lot of those don’t work either, or they can often have side effects as well. You can learn more about the side effects of common thrush remedies here.

The bottom line is that to get rid of tongue thrush effectively, a 2-fold approach is necessary:

1. Kill the yeast naturally, without toxic substances
2. Rebuild the body’s natural immunity to yeast to prevent further recurrence.

Is is a simple approach; however the details are essential to achieve a cure successfully.  You can learn more about how to cure tongue thrush by visiting our homepage or reading the articles below.

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