Our bodies harbour many different sources of bacteria, both good and bad. The balance of these are essential for our bodies to work efficiently. Candida is a yeast-like fungus that normally lives harmlessly in the body. It typically occurs in warm, moist areas, such as inside the mouth, throughout the digestive system and around the genitals. Normally its growth is kept under control by the immune system and the other bacteria naturally found in the body. However, certain illnesses or medications, such as antibiotics, can disrupt the healthy and normal balance of this bacteria, making it easier for the candida yeast to grow and spread. This, in turn, can cause an oral infection or a vaginal yeast infection called thrush.
The symptoms of thrush can be uncomfortable and rather nasty. The symptoms for vaginal thrush include itchiness, soreness and a vaginal discharge. The typical symptoms for oral thrush are white patches on the tongue and inside of the cheeks, often with an accompanied unpleasant taste in the mouth. Even though thrush can be treated with over-the-counter creams and medications, an early diagnosis is important. For an oral infection, if the mouth is left untreated, it can become very sore. The infection could also potentially spread to other areas, such as the throat. In addition to medical treatments and proper hygiene, certain foods may help reduce the symptoms.