To reduce your chances of developing and maintaining a mouth or throat yeast infection, I highly recommend that you follow these ten rules to treat candida in throat. You will notice that quite a few dietary and lifestyle recommendations are based on the fact that oral and throat yeast infections thrive in an environment which is warm, dark and moist and is fed on sugars and yeast foods.
Knowing this, think about excellent oral hygiene and take away the food supply that a yeast infection likes to feed on – the sugar and yeast foods. When you follow the following tips carefully are regularly, you will be going a long way to keeping your mouth and throat free from yeast and bad bacteria, and potentially prevent a yeast infection from spreading further down into the digestive tract.
1: Observe excellent oral hygiene
It makes good sense to observe very good oral hygiene, since this is the entry to the digestive tract. I recommend that you rinse your mouth first, floss and then brush your teeth. Using tea tree oil toothpaste will ensure that you eradicate an oral yeast infection. The best time to brush your tongue is when you brush your teeth in the morning, bacteria and yeasts tend to multiply more on the tongue overnight than during the day. You may be able to find a good herbal mouth wash at your local health food shop which should help as well.
To avoid re-infecting yourself when brushing your teeth, try disinfecting your toothbrush regularly by placing your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes before and after each brushing. This will ensure a good level of potential yeast and bacterial reduction and will aid greatly in the prevention of re-infection.
2: Do you wear dentures?
Denture sores are a common occurrence and some estimates are that over 60% of our older denture wearers experience painful mouth ulcers as a result of an underlying yeast infection. You will know that you have a yeast infection by the redness and possible swelling, often involving the upper palate (roof of mouth) that comes into contact with the denture. The solution? Get your dentures checked to see they fit well, ensure excellent hygiene practices, brush with tea tree oil toothpaste and treat any underlying digestive yeast infections. Follow the Candida Crusher Program outlined in another article on this site.
3: Keep your immune system strong
Keeping a good healthy immune system is the key to fighting any infection, especially a yeast infection. I often see patients with depressed immune systems who have a mouth or throat yeast infection, and there can be many causes for this.
Treating a yeast infection is quite straight forward with a good immune system, but for those with a compromised immune system the treatment is different and may take longer. For example, those who can recognize a history of stress or those who suffer from AIDS, cancer, diabetes, including those especially who suffer from adrenal fatigue or thyroid disorders, all will have one thing in common – a lowered immune response to infections, and these are typically the patients who really struggle with recurring mouth or throat yeast infections. My book Candida Crusher has a whole chapter devoted to immunity and Candida susceptibility.
There are many products which can strengthen the immune system, but the first thing to take is Vitamin C, take it until you reach bowel tolerance and then work just under this dose for several days.
4: Treat mouth and throat yeast infections locally
The best results will come when you treat locally AND systemically by following the Candida Crusher Program. One of the best local treatments for oral and throat yeast infections is live, natural, sugar free yogurt. The lactic acid loving bacteria in live yogurt live thrive naturally in your mouth, and mouth thrush will often imply that your friendly bacterial levels are low. Just hold the yogurt in your mouth for about 5 minutes, and you can do this 2 or 3 times a day.
5: In addition, always treat mouth and throat yeast infections systemically
Anybody who comes to my clinic with an oral or throat yeast infection will get treated systemically. I presume they have a yeast infection in their digestive system as well. The digestive system (small and large intestine) is the major place where the yeast infection will reside. A candida yeast infection can multiply rapidly and grow out of control, leading to complications throughout the body much further afield such as the throat, the mouth and even the joints and brain.
6: Tea tree oil as a mouthwash
Try a mouthwash made with 2 tablespoons of water to which you have added 5 to 10 drops of water soluble tea tree oil. Just wash the mouth thoroughly and spit it out. Do you have esophageal candidiasis (throat candida)? Then do the same thing, use a few tablespoons of plain water, add several drops of water soluble tea tree oil and do a deep gargle. Rinse your mouth or gargle several times daily and please follow my Candida Crusher program, you can beat this thing. Tea tree lozenges are readily available as well and I have used tea tree oil products in my clinic for nearly twenty five years and never heard of any ill effects as a result of using this most potent anti-fungal medicine orally. Common sense prevails, if you are going to take tablespoons of any pure essential oil daily you will end up in trouble.
7: Avoid hot and spicy foods and drinks
If you have an issue with the skin lining your mouth and throat, then you are best to avoid placing anything into your mouth which is excessively hot, cold or spicy (irritating). You will heal the skin faster by removing these obstacles from your diet temporarily.
8: Vitamin and mineral deficiencies
Mineral deficiencies in particular are common in many countries. When you lack crucial nutrients like vitamins and minerals, your immune system is one of the first systems to be compromised. Immune suppression and immune incompetence commonly occur as a result of deficiencies, and the commonest of these deficiencies is iron and zinc, something I see particularly in up to 30% of women as well as vegetarians.
One of the best ways to ensure you do not become deficient in the vital nutrients is by eating a healthy and balanced diet and by taking in addition a comprehensive multivitamin and mineral dietary supplement. This is one of the causes of mouth and throat yeast infections you can easily remedy, so be sure you start changing your diet to a healthier one, and by taking a daily multivitamin.
Iron Deficiency. It is surprising how many women lack sufficient iron in their diet. Some experts estimate that up to 30% of women in many developed countries have some degree of iron deficiency which can have a significant impact on the effectiveness of the immune system. Wounds tend to heal slower when an iron deficiency is present, and a lack of sufficient iron is reason why wounds on the corner of the mouth (angular stomatitis) as well as mouth ulcers and throat lesions do not easily heal.
Get a blood test done to see what your iron levels are, and if low then probably the best thing you can do is to take iron supplement. By eating a small amount of red meat regularly you will be ensuring that your dietary sources of iron are met.
Zinc deficiency. Zinc has a profound influence on many aspects of immune function, and a lack of zinc in the diet can cause many problems, including impaired wound healing and chronic ulceration of the mucosal surfaces of the mouth and throat.
Ask for a zinc taste test when you visit your naturopath or nutritionally orientated doctor, and this way you will be able to determine your zinc status rapidly.
9: Try a zinc and vitamin C lozenge.
Zinc and vitamin C lozenges will heal many issues affecting the mouth, gums and tongue. I highly recommend these lozenges for a sore throat, mouth ulcers, poor immune function, and a herpes simplex (cold sore) outbreak or for colds and influenza in general. Try sucking on one of these lozenges every two hours and you will find speedy relief in many cases.
10: Avoidance of steroidal drugs and antibiotics.
One of the biggest causes of an oral or throat yeast infections is antibiotics or inhaled steroids (common in asthma). Pharmaceutical drugs are a commonly overlooked cause or yeast infections, and one major cause I have seen time and again in my clinic. Are you an asthmatic and regularly experience a sore throat, have cracked corners of your mouth or find that you experience recurring mouth ulcers? The talk to your doctor and find out if the drug you take is linked with a yeast infection, and if in doubt then go to Dr. Google.
Those who take an antibiotic will not only discover that they may be more prone to diarrhea and an upset digestive system; they will also be more prone to common problems of the mouth and throat. Always be on guard if you have to take an antibiotic or inhaled steroid – be on the lookout for the telltale signs of a yeast infection, especially if you have been taking one or either of these drugs long-term. There are natural alternatives and all you have to do is to ask.
You can read a lot more about mouth and throat yeast infection and how to successfully crush them in my book Candida Crusher. Have you got your copy yet of the internet’s most comprehensive book on candida? You can get it at candidacrusher.com