Signs of Candida on the Tongue

Yeast infections are more commonly thought of as something that affects the vagina in women, but it can happen to both genders, anywhere on the body. Caused by a fungus called Candida albicans it like other fungi prefers places that are warm and moist to grow in. This means another place it can affect is in the mouth and therefore on the tongue. When there are signs of candida on the tongue this may indicate you have oral candidiasis also called a mouth yeast infection or Thrush. Here is some information about what the signs of candida on the tongue are, other signs of internal candida overgrowth and how to treat it.

The common signs of candida on the tongue
Rather surprisingly the health of your tongue can be quite an important indicator for your general health. So if you are noticing something different about how your tongue appears or feels, pay attention. For example a tongue should be a little furry, this is the layer of bacteria that should be there. But if it is overly furry then this may be a sign that the balance of micro-organisms has gone wrong. Common signs of candida on the tongue include;

  • A white or grey color
  • Scraping a nail leaves a groove in the ‘fur’
  • White patches
  • Lesions beneath the white patches that bleed
  • Discomfort or pain
  • Red areas

If this is just an oral yeast infection there may be symptoms elsewhere in the mouth, on the cheeks, the roof of the mouth and down the throat. If it is a sign of an internal intestinal candida problem you may be showing other signs such as;

  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Headaches
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Gas
  • Bloating
  • PMS
  • Craving sugary foods
  • Gaining weight
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Moodiness
  • Irritability
  • Sight problems

Treating signs of candida on the tongue
Do not scratch or scrape at the white areas as secondary infection is likely to occur. There are oral suspensions, lozenges and so on that you can buy over the counter at a pharmacy that have an anti-fungal active ingredient. Or you can look at alternative options that are natural, herbal and so on. Effectiveness of both really depends on the person, their health and the seriousness of the infection. It may be that you need something stronger and will need to see your doctor for a proper diagnosis and prescribed medicated treatment. Adult oral yeast infections are not common in otherwise healthy individuals; they are more a problem for those with weakened immune systems such as HIV or AIDS patients. However Thrush is common in young babies. It is best to not treat this yourself though, if it is affecting the baby’s feeding and causing them distress see your doctor.

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