Thrush symptoms signify biological discord and a temporary battle with yeast - or a larger war with a serious disease. Symptoms of thrush might tell you to drop the cookies, beer or tobacco, for example. If you reduce sugar, yeast and toxins, you could wave goodbye to your symptoms of oral thrush forever.
But pay attention to the frequency of oral thrush symptoms because they may also signal diabetes, cancer, HIV or other diseases.
Here are some symptoms of oral thrush you should keep your eye on, particularly if they come often and stick around for more than a couple of weeks:
Lesions of Oral Thrush - Lesions are the most prevalent symptoms of thrush. Look for a whitish blanket on your tongue or cottage cheese-like growths. These thrush symptoms also appear on the roof of the mouth, gums or tonsils.
To control yeast population, gently remove these overgrowths with a swab or gauze to give oral bacteria an opportunity to take back the field.
A rare few could see harder, raised, white patches on the inside of your cheeks or on your tongue. You won't be able to remove these symptoms of thrush, and they might look speckled or lumpy. These may be pre-cancerous leukoplakia patches - call your dentist.
Bleeding - Have you checked under those patches yet? If you did, you may have found another of the symptoms of oral thrush. Removing the yeast patches could cause some bleeding.
Cracking Lips - You might get some angular cheilitis, or cracking at the corners of your mouth - another one of the classic thrush symptoms.
Cotton Mouth - A little dry mouth may be another one of the symptoms of oral thrush. Dry mouth, or xerostomia, also might be a cause. Experiencing cotton mouth for long periods damages your teeth and gums. Visit the dentist.
Reddening - Reddish areas and swelling mark thrush symptoms and are most prevalent with ill-fitting denture wearers. Ask your dentist for a better fit.
Loss of Taste - Some of you might find your taste for food gone like disco. It's a logical consequence, considering the yeast carpet suppressing your taste buds.
Burning Tongue- Acidic or spicy food may burn. Add burning tongue syndrome to the list of rarer oral thrush symptoms.
Pain - Sore mouths remain common, but sore throats as symptoms of thrush indicate candidiasis' spread to your esophagus. If you have throat thrush, speaking or eating become uncomfortable and add a general feeling of malaise. Call your doctor or dentist for help if candidiasis spreads.
Infant Issues - Children 4 weeks to 9 months normally get candidiasis. Parents shouldn't worry, unless symptoms of oral thrush last for more than 10-14 days, or if thrush infection keeps your baby from eating. Call your doctor if that happens.
Symptoms of thrush in infants include the white lesions in the mouth along with fussy eating. Don't try to wipe yeast or what may look like dried formula from your child's mouth because you may generate bleeding and soreness, inhibiting baby's appetite.
Maternal Concerns - Breastfeeding women could get yeast fungus from their infants. Thrush symptoms irritating breasts might include unusually red, sensitive or itchy nipples; shiny or flaky skin around the areola, unusual pain during nursing or between feedings; and stabbing pains deeper in the breast.
If you notice these signs or anything else unusual while your baby has oral thrush symptoms, you should call your doctor. A physician can prescribe anti-fungal creams and provide tips on stopping thrush in its tracks.