What can one do to treat thrush?

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59 yrs. old, female, uncomfortable feeling on the tongue had a slight sore throat yesterday and my eyes are more sensitive.

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Did you have thrush before? Do you see any white lesion on you tongue? You are suggested to gargle with saline. If it does not work, you may need to see a dentist and ask for antifungal meds.

Antifungal medications are sufficient to treat oral thrush. Commonly used medications include fluconazole, nystatin, clotrimazole.These suggestions may help during an outbreak of oral thrush:

· Practice good oral hygiene. Brush and floss regularly. Replace your toothbrush often until your infection clears up. Don't share toothbrushes.

· Disinfect dentures. Ask your dentist for the best way to disinfect your dentures to avoid reinfection.

· Try warm saltwater rinses. Dissolve about 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) of salt in 1 cup (237 milliliters) of warm water. Swish the rinse and then spit it out, but don't swallow.

· Use nursing pads. If you're breast-feeding and develop a fungal infection, use pads to help prevent the fungus from spreading to your clothes. Look for pads that don't have a plastic barrier, which can encourage the growth of candida. Wear a clean bra every day. Ask your doctor about the best way to clean your breast nipples, bottle nipples, pacifiers and any detachable parts of a breast pump if you use one.

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