Home Remedies For Thrush

Simply put, thrush is a yeast infection that occurs in the mouth. The fungus is called candida albicans and is a type of yeast usually present in smaller amounts in our bodies.

Thrush can be painful and makes eating and often swallowing problematic.

Thrush is most common in babies and in denture wearers and those with weakened immune systems. Antibiotics can also disturb the natural balance of microorganisms in your body, leading to thrush.

Oral thrush is uncomfortable and annoying, but does not cause a long-term problem in healthy people, but it has been known to make repeated visits even after it is treated successfully. Those with compromised immune systems may find it to be more severe and difficult to control.

Symptoms of Thrush

Quite frequently, the symptoms of thrush go undetected. Some of the signs and symptoms can develop abruptly and hang around for a long time. They include:

  • Pain
  • The lesions often bleed if they are scraped
  • Redness and cracking at the corners of your mouth (especially if you wear dentures)
  • The sensation of cotton in the mouth
  • Lesions in the mouth that look like cottage cheese
  • Diminished taste

Infants and Nursing Mothers

In addition to the distinctive white mouth lesions, infants may have trouble feeding or be whiny and cantankerous. They can pass the infection to their mothers during breast-feeding. The infection may then pass back and forth between mother’s breasts and baby’s mouth.
Infants can become fussy and irritable and have trouble nursing. Women with breasts infected with thrush may experience some of the following signs and symptoms:

  • Red or sensitive or itchy nipples
  • Shiny or flaky skin on the darker, area around the nipple
  • Abnormal pain during nursing
  • Shooting pains in the breast

Home Remedies and Lifestyle Changes for Prevention of Thrush

Thrush may go away in few days, or it may persist as long as a few months. Treating thrush requires patience and persistence as well as good hygiene. To ease the pain, discomfort and inconvenience of oral thrush, consider the following home remedies:

Good Oral Hygiene

  • During an outbreak of thrush, wash your hands often. Make sure you wash them every time you touch the baby’s mouth or your nipples.
  • Brush twice daily and use dental floss at least once.
  • Buy a new toothbrush.
  • Don’t share your toothbrush.
  • Don’t use mouthwash or sprays (they upset the natural bacteria in your mouth)
  • See your dentist regularly
  • Denture wearers should thoroughly clean them every night and rinse well before placing back in the mouth.

Warm Saltwater Rinse

  • Dissolve 1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of warm water.
  • Rinse, but don’t swallow.

Anti-Fungal Home Mouthwashes

  • Blend, cider vinegar, warm water and a pinch of salt
  • Swish around in the mouth, being sure to get the corners of your mouth
  • Gargle the solution


  • Eat unsweetened yogurt to introduce good bacteria, Lactobacillus acidophilus or bifidobacterium to your mouth.
  • Swish the yogurt around in your mouth. Avoid eating and/or drinking for a while after doing so.
  • When on antibiotics, take acidophilus capsules.

Baking Soda/Vinegar Remedy

  • Mix a teaspoon baking soda in cup of water.
  • Use a Q-tip to wipe the solution on the affected areas
  • Prepare a fresh solution daily; stir well
  • A vinegar solution of a tablespoon of any type of vinegar in 8 ounces of water is an effective practice to discourage thrush on your nipples. This solution doesn’t have to be made daily.

Plantain Seed Remedy

  • Soak plantain seeds water to cover them until they swell, which may take several hours.
  • Apply the gel-like substance that results from soaking the seeds to the thrush.
  • Plantain seeds can be found in the fall.


  • Mix equal parts of a tincture consisting of myrrh, licorice and Echinacea. Use this mixture, 1 teaspoon at a time, as mouthwash. Try this every 3 to 4 hours.


  • Foods like garlic and onions have antifungal properties. Add them to your diet.

Limit Sugary Foods and Yeast

  • Limit your intake of sugary foods and foods that contain yeast, such as bread.

Take these preventative measures to avoid thrush, and try these home remedies for thrush if you have symptoms.


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