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Homeopathy for Thrush

Thrush is an uncomfortable infection that tends to affect women and breast-fed babies more than men.

What is thrush?

Thrush is a fungal (yeast infection) that can grow in your mouth, throat and other parts of your body. The symptoms set in when the infective fungus Candida Albicans, spreads outside the gut. In normal circumstances, Candida stays within the confines of the gut quite happily, but if that balance is disrupted, it results in infection.

Some medications such as antibiotics, birth control pills and corticosteroids increase the likelihood of infection, and it’s also more common in pregnancy - caused by hormonal changes.

Oral Thrush

Oral thrush appears as a growth that can look like cottage cheese with white, raised lesions on the tongue and cheeks. The condition can quickly become irritated and cause mouth pain and redness.

Babies with thrush can pass the infection to their mothers. Mothers (especially if they’re taking antibiotics) may also develop thrush infections around the breasts and nipples and transmit it to their babies.

When both mom and baby develop thrush, they should be treated for the condition at the same time to prevent an ongoing exchange of the infection.

Vaginal Thrush

Vaginal thrush can present with the following symptoms:

Vaginal itching

Discomfort during sex

Thick, white discharge resembling cottage cheese

Burning, itching and sensitivity of the vaginal area

If thrush - either oral or other - is an ongoing issue, it’s best to look at constitutional prescribing to address the underlying imbalances within the body that’s allowing it to reoccur. If, however, it is a rarer occurrence, these remedies can help treat it in the short-term.

Homeopathic Medicines for Oral Thrush

1. Borax

Borax is one of the top remedies for treating oral thrush. Those needing it have white fungal growths in the mouth and may complain of heat and tenderness. Their tongue may also be cracked and there may be bleeding from the lesions on touching them.

2. Merc Sol

Merc Sol is useful when there is thick, fur-like coating in the mouth, especially on the tongue. There may also be soreness, redness, and inflammation in the mouth, along with difficulty in swallowing food . The patient may have a bad mouth odor with excessive salivation and a metallic taste in the mouth. The children needing this medicine have difficulty in nursing along with excessive crying.

3. Sulphuric Acid

Sulphuric Acid is beneficial for those with painful lesions. They may be white or yellow with a sensation of dryness in the mouth.

4. Nitric Acid

Nitric Acid is helpful when the mouth has either white or yellowish fungal spots. These spots are mainly present within cheeks and on the edges of the tongue. There may also be an intense stinging and burning sensation in the mouth and a pricking or splinter-like pain.

5. Kali Mur

When the pain is of a stinging, burning nature, think of this remedy. This will usually be accompanied by white fungal spots and a dry mouth, along with a fetid odor and mouth dryness.

Homeopathic Medicines for Vaginal Thrush

Kali Carb

For thrush that is particularly intense before a period. There may be a burning sensation with discharge, irritation and itching. Can be worse during pregnancy, after sex, touch, becoming hot. Better during the day and for fresh air.

Pulsatilla

For thrush symptoms accompanying PMT along with headaches, weepiness, mood swings. Discharge is thick and yellow tinged. Patients needing this remedy are worse at night, resting in bed and are aggravated from dairy foods, better for cool bathing, cool, fresh air and gentle exercise.

Natrum Mur

This medicine is helpful for painful, irritating thrush with vaginal dryness. The discharge may be thin and watery or jelly-like. Sex can be difficult due to the vaginal dryness. Worse before or after a period, waking after sleep, touch, better for cold applications, being left alone.

Borax

The vagina feels swollen, burning and painful, irritated. Discharges are thin and watery and may even feel like warm water is trickling down the thighs. For symptoms that appear mid cycle (or anytime). Worse touch, better in the evening, taking clothes off.

Other things that can help:

Cut down on sugar intake as it feeds the yeast.

Take a probiotic supplement.

Natural, live yogurt applied topically can be soothing and help restore the PH balance.

Avoid wearing synthetic underwear, choose natural fibers like cotton or bamboo.

Avoid using highly scented cleansing products that can aggravate itching and soreness.

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