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					An oral yeast infection in the mouth of infants and adults is called "thrush."
It is usually caused by the tiny yeast called Candidaalbicans . It appears as
thick white lacy patches that can form anywhere inside the mouth, including
the tongue or palate. yeast infection no more – 4400 If the white patches
are scraped away, the area underneath will be red and may bleed.
Occasionally, an oral yeast infection can cause the tongue to be red
without a white coating. Newborn babies, adult denture users, and people
with endocrine disorders such as diabetes or hypothyroidism are the most
at risk for oral yeast infections. Older adults often experience thrush under
their dentures. In AIDS patients, an infection called esophagitis may form in
the upper digestive tract, and can be a serious health threat for these
patients. This is an infection very similar to thrush, but it extends down from
the mouth into the esophagus and stomach. Thrush can be very painful
and this can make it difficult to eat and drink, which can lead to
dehydration. Any child that goes without drinking liquids for more than 12
hours should be taken to the doctor. The same care should be taken for
elderly adults. Anyone with a compromised immune system must see a
doctor immediately if they see the symptoms of an oral yeast infection.

Treating Oral Yeast Infections

Oral yeast infections are usually treated with antibiotics that require a
prescription. Most symptoms go away soon after beginning an antifungal
medication, and if the infection is mild enough, it may even go away on its
own. Your doctor may be able to diagnose thrush by taking a look, but if in
doubt she'll take a scrape from the infected area in the mouth and send it to
the lab. Oral infections that look a lot like thrush can be caused by other
things - including the early stages of cancer. That makes a qualified
diagnosis that much more important .The first step in treatment will be to
get rid of the yeast, and this is usually done with prescription antifungal
medication in a form that can be sucked or as a liquid that is held in the
mouth before swallowing. Medications that may be prescribed include
nystatin (Mycostatin) and fluconazole (Diflucan).If the infection spreads
because your immune system has been compromised, your doctor will use
a systemic treatment that is taken orally or intravenously, and treat the
infection very aggressively. According to the Mayo Clinic, some oral yeast
infections require no medical treatment at all because they go away on
their own. For instance, healthy toddlers may get thrush after being treated
with antibiotics. Your child's doctor may suggest that you add unsweetened
yogurt to your child's diet because yogurt contains beneficial bacteria. If
this doesn't help, your child's doctor will prescribe an antifungal medication.
Healthy adults can also try eating yogurt, or take a dietary supplement that
includes the good bacteria called acidophilus. This may restore the
microbial balance, but if it doesn't work a prescription will be needed .Does
your crotch feel uncomfortable, itchy and irritated, even if you've just
washed it recently? Do you feel a burning sensation down there, and it
doesn't go away? Is the tip of your penis red, sore, with a patchy rash on
the foreskin ? yeast infection no more scam -- 480 Is there a whitish,
cottage cheese-like discharge? You might have male yeast infection and
not even know it. Yeast infections, also called candidiasis , are commonly
caused by a type of fungus called Candida albicans . Most are superficial,
infecting the mouth or genital areas, but some can also be systemic and
potentially life-threatening. However, most serious infections usually affect
only severely immunocompromised patients, such as those with cancer,
organ transplants, or AIDS .Superficial infections of the skin and mucous
membranes are much more common, typically causing local inflammation,
redness, itching and discomfort. When it involves the genital areas, the
itching may be severe, with burning, soreness and irritation. In women with
yeast infections, there is often a whitish to whitish-gray vaginal discharge,
generally resembling cottage cheese in appearance. For those suffering
from infections, it is often embarrassing , shocking and painful .Many
people have the impression that only women can get yeast infections. This
is far from true. Although we never hear about it much, men are also
vulnerable to genital candidiasis . It doesn't happen all the time, but a man
can contract the same infection if he has unprotected sex with a woman
who has the disease .Signs and symptoms of a male yeast infection can
include a reddish rash at the tip of the penis, with severe itching or a
burning sensation. There may be red patchy sores near the head of the
penis, frequently on the foreskin. As in vaginal yeast infections, candidiasis
of the penis can also be present with a whitish cheese-like discharge,
although it is not as common. In some cases, there are no symptoms at all,
but a more severe form of the disease can emerge later .Several factors
can increase your risk for yeast infection. Prolonged antibiotic use, for
example, reduces the number of good bacteria in your system, allowing the
fungus Candida to gain a foothold and reproduce unchecked. The same
thing can happen if you have an impaired immune system. Without the
white blood cells and antibodies to neutralize and get rid of Candida
albicans , it soon gains enough numbers to start causing symptoms of
infection. yeast infection no more review – 1900 Diabetes can also
increase your risk. Higher levels of sugar in your blood and mucus
secretions provide an ideal and abundant food supply for the fungus,
resulting in explosive growth. So if you think you're suffering from male
yeast infection, then maybe you are. If you have any of the symptoms we
just described, there is a chance that you just might be infected with
Candida. Remember, just because you're male doesn't mean you can't get
an infection, so you should be aware.

				
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