How to Get Rid of Oral Thrush at Home

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The medical term for thrush is candida albicans. Thrush is common among infants, and often not very serious. When thrush is found in adults, however, it becomes more serious because it can spread to other locations. Thrush presents as little white blisters on the inside of the mouth. It is very painful, making it hard to eat. Thrush can be caused by poor hygiene or a round of antibiotics.

Things You'll Need

  • Magic Mouthwash
  • Yogurt
  • Fungilin lozenges
  • Nystan oral suspension
Thrush
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Step 1

Begin using Magic Mouthwash. Your doctor can prescribe this for you, and it is safe for infants to use as well. It will numb your mouth so that you do not feel the pain from the thrush. This will allow you to eat the proper foods in order to get rid of the thrush. Infants can use it just before a feeding, so that the feeding is not painful.

Use Magic Mouthwash
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Step 2

Eat yogurt. If your infant is older than four months, your doctor may allow you to feed him some yogurt. All adults should eat one container of yogurt that contains the ingredient acidophilus per day until the thrush has cleared up.

Eat yogurt
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Step 3

Get a prescription from your doctor for Fungilin lozenges. You can suck on these, and they will work to kill the fungus within your mouth that is causing the thrush.

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Step 4

Ask your doctor for Nystan oral suspension if the lozenges don't work. This liquid is also an antifungal medication that can be used to get rid of thrush.

Ask your doctor for Nystan oral suspension
Ask your doctor for Nystan oral suspension (Image: Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

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Tips & Warnings

  • If you are in too much pain to brush your teeth, mix some hydrogen peroxide with water and swish it around in your mouth.
  • Practice good hygiene to avoid thrush in the future. Brush your teeth three times per day and use a mouthwash.
  • Call your doctor right away if you continue to have the lesions in your mouth after two weeks.

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