Before you can look into thrush treatment you must first understand the causes of a thrush infection. Candida is a fungus that lives in your mouth. It is present from infancy and it is usually kept in check by other organisms that also reside there. Sometimes, when you have a low resistance to infection, this fungus can grow and produce lesions on your tongue and in or around your mouth.
There are some causal situations that, if applicable to your condition, can help you determine if you have a thrush infection. You might have a lower immunity to thrush breakouts if you are taking antibiotics or steroids, have HIV or AIDS, are receiving chemotherapy or drugs to suppress your immune system, are very young or very old, have poor health and hygiene or have diabetes.
It is commonly seen in infants and thrush treatment is not usually necessary. In infancy, thrush is quite normal unless it lasts for longer than two weeks. The candida fungus can also cause a yeast infection of the vagina. The symptoms include whitish, velvety lesions in the mouth and tongue. Under the whitish material, the tissue is red and may bleed. The lesions can increase in number and even size.
To determine whether you are suffering from thrush, you should consult a dentist. He may simply need to take a look, or he may want to examine further either by microscopic examination of mouth scrapings, or by taking a culture of the lesions.
Thrush treatment is usually simple and fairly straight-forward. Your dentist may prescribe a healthier diet and suggest that you find a way to take control of your diabetes if you are diabetic, or you may need to take oral medication such as medicated mouthwash or lozenges. If these options don't work after 5 to 10 days, then other medications can be prescribed.
In short, in infants, pediatrician intervention is only necessary if the thrush does not clear up after two weeks. Thrush treatment for adults may be as simple as taking antibiotics and may not recur depending on your immune status.