What is Oral Thrush?
Oral thrush is a non-contagious fungal infection of the mouth. It is also sometimes referred to as candidiasis due to the fact it is caused by a group of yeasts known as Candida albicans. It is characterised by white spots in or around the throat and inside of the mouth as well as a white/green coating of the tongue. Individuals with a weakened immune systems or those who wear dentures are more susceptible to contracting oral thrush.
Additional Symptoms of Oral Thrush
- Not to be confused with tonsillitis; oral thrush can leave white patches in the throat and mouth but unlike tonsillitis, thrush spots can often be wiped off, leaving behind red areas that may bleed slightly. This white substance is the fungus.
- Loss of taste is another symptom that could indicate oral thrush.
- Redness inside the mouth and throat as well as pain while eating.
- A sensation of a very bad taste in the mouth and possible halitosis (bad breath)
- Another common sign of oral thrush is the appearance of cracks and scabs around the corners of the mouth.
- A painful, burning sensation in the mouth even when not eating or drinking.
How Can Hydrogen Peroxide Help?
Hydrogen Peroxide is a simple liquid that can be found naturally in rainwater and snow, and can even be found in some foods including Manuka honey. It was first discovered in the 1800's and over the years this unique solution, consisting of two hydrogen and two oxygen atoms (H2O2) has become a household name due to its antibacterial and antifungal properties. H2O2 is toxic in high concentrations however it is safe for use once diluted to safe levels, i.e. 3%. This dilution of hydrogen peroxide is commonly found in chemists and health shops. Its range of powerful antimicrobial properties make it the go-to disinfectant for many people in and around the home, and its use is very well-known in the treatment of all forms of fungal based infections.
How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide in The Treatment of Oral Thrush
- The first step when treating oral thrush is to dilute your Hydrogen Peroxide to 3% although in many countries now it is only available in 3%. To dilute you will need to make a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 11 parts distilled water (if diluting from 35%) or 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts distilled water if diluting down from 12%.
- Next, add around an egg cup's worth to your mouth and swill for 10 minutes or as long as you possibly can.
- You will be conscious of a bubbling sensation and your cheeks will start to fill with air. This is just the formula activating as H2O2 oxidises and releases its extra oxygen atom. It is not harmful.
- When you have swilled for a long as you can, simply spit out the mixture and rinse with fresh water. Do not fear if a small amount is accidentally swallowed as many people drink small amounts H2O2 as part of 'Oxygen therapy'.
Hydrogen Peroxide Therapy for Candida & Thrush
Other Natural Remedies For Oral Thrush
Goldenseal - Goldenseal is a low growing forest plant native to North America. It is primarily used as a remedy for digestive complaints but over recent years there has been a surge of interest in this herb's unique ability at fighting both internal and oral Candida infections.
Apple Cider Vinegar - Apple cider vinegar (ACV) is one of nature's most powerful antibiotics. Its large array of antimicrobial properties mean it can kill just about every fungus, bacteria and virus it comes into contact with and Candida albicans is no exception. Not only will apple cider vinegar help to get rid of yeast fungus, it also has a probiotic effect, helping to recolonise the intestines and vagina with friendly bacteria (lactobacillus). Once this occurs, the healthy bacteria will act as a powerful guard, so to speak, to stop the bad bacteria and Candida from growing out of control again.
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