Thrush Relief in Southern California

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What is Thrush?
Thrush is caused when the body's natural yeast output goes out of control an causes an infection in the mouth and to her body parts like diaper rash in infants or vaginal yeast infections in women.

Although thrush can affect anyone, we typically see it in babies and toddlers, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
What Causes Thrush?
Candida fungus (yeast) is present in small amounts in the mouth, digestive tract, and skin of most healthy people. Other bacteria and microorganisms in the body help to balance out the yeast in one's body.
Certain illnesses, stress, or medications can throw this delicate balance out of whack which results in the yeast growing out of control and causing thrush.
People who smoke or wear dentures that don't fit properly also are at increased risk for thrush. Additionally, babies can pass the infection to their mothers during breast-feeding.

What Are the Symptoms of Thrush?
You know you might have thrush if you start to see the presence of creamy white, slightly raised lesions in your mouth, on your tongue or on your inner cheeks and on the roof of your mouth, gums, tonsils, or back of your throat.
The lesions, which may have a cottage cheese like appearance, may be painful and may bleed slightly when you scrape them or brush your teeth. In severe cases, these lesions can spread into your esophagus, or swallowing tube which would causing:
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing
  • A feeling that food gets stuck in your throat
  • Fever, if the infection spreads beyond the esophagus
Thrush can spread to other parts of the body, including the lungs, liver, and skin. This happens more often in people with cancer, HIV, or other conditions that weaken the immune system.

How Is Thrush Diagnosed?
Your dentist can diagnose thrush by examining your mouth. He or she looks for the distinctive white lesions on your mouth, tongue, or cheeks. Lightly brushing the lesions away reveals a reddened, tender area that may bleed slightly. A microscopic examination of tissue from a lesion can confirm the diagnosis.
Thrush that extends into your esophagus may require other tests to make the diagnosis. Such tests might include:
  • Taking a throat culture by swabbing the back of your throat with sterile cotton and studying the microorganisms under a microscope
  • Performing an endoscopy of your esophagus, stomach, and small intestine -- examining the lining of these body areas with a lighted camera mounted on the tip of a tube passed through these areas)
  • Taking X-rays of your esophagus
Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Specialists offers many procedures and therapies for the treatment of the Thrush. Call us and schedule an appointment to have one of our skin care specialists look at your individual situation and develop a plan for the diagnosis & treatment of this condition.

The information above is intended for informational purposes only. It is not medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
Temecula :(951) 303-6900
31720 Temecula Parkway, Suite 200
Temecula, CA 92592

Menifee/Sun City: (951) 303-6900
26960 Cheerry Hills Blvd, Suite C
Sun City, CA 92586

La Quinta: (760) 564-8200
79430 Highway 111, Suite 102
La Quinta, CA 92253

Hemet: (951) 929-DERM (3376)
1011 E. Devonshire Ave., Suite 203
Hemet, CA 92543

Moreno Valley: (951) 208-7994
24060 Fir Avenue, Unit B
Moreno Valley, CA 92553

Palm Springs: (760) 832-6277
El Mirador Medical Plaza at desert Regional
Medical Center Campus
1180 North India Canyon Drive, Suite #E315
Palm Springs, CA 92262