What is thrush and how is it treated?

There is a specific type of fungus called
candida and actually it’s found in lots of different places in our body like on our skin
and in the mouth, the digestive tract and also in the genital area and when the fungal
count is low it doesn’t cause an active infection but there are various things that can cause
an overgrowth of this fungus and it causes an active infection. When this happens in
the mouth or on the lips or even in the throat and esophagus it’s called oral thrush and
for a baby it will look like whitish or yellowish patches on the baby’s tongue or on their cheeks
even on their gums and so if you notice this take your baby to the doctor and after performing
an exam they’ll be able to say if it is indeed thrush or not and then determine what the
best treatment plan is going to be. If a baby with oral thrush is breastfeeding then both
the mother and the baby may need to be treated so that they don’t pass it back and forth
to each other and another culprit to perpetuate the infection is a pacifier and so it’s important
to clean those and replace them as you’re treating your baby. The treatment is an anti
fungal medication and once a doctor has determined that this is indeed the case they will prescribe
the one that’s most appropriate. Sometimes it can take up to two weeks for the medication to work and for the infection to go away, if you don’t feel like you’re seeing improvement
after the doctor has prescribed medication and you’ve been using it as directed, call
the doctor back and they can tell you if it just needs a little more time to work or if
they’d like to see you again to determine if something else needs to be tried. If you
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