Candida or candidiasis is most commonly caused by the fungus Candida Albicans, which lives in all of us in small enough numbers to do no harm while it remains in its yeast state. When triggered into overgrowing into its fungus state, it releases toxins that lead to symptoms of yeast infections, including that of a candida tongue yeast infection. A candida tongue yeast infection is part of Thrush, or an oral yeast infection, or it could be a symptom of a more serious problem that your digestive tract is overrun.
Symptoms of a candida tongue yeast infection
Your tongue can reflect your general state of health. A little furry means you have a normal layer of bacteria there, a lot may mean that something is wrong. If you scrape a nail across the tongue and there is a big groove this may be an indication of a candida tongue yeast infection. You may also find that beneath the white patches are lesions that when touched or scraped bleed. Try to avoid repeatedly scraping these though as you may encourage further infection or secondary infection which will just make your condition worse.
There are other more general symptoms that you may be experiencing which include;
- muscle pain
- eye floaters
- blurred vision
- irregular menstrual cycle
- sweet cravings
- gaining weight
Dealing with a candida tongue yeast infection
There are over the counter treatments to choose from for oral yeast infections that can help some sufferers. Replenishing the probiotics in your system is also a good idea, there are several supplement options you can choose from your local health store. There are also herbal and natural anti-fungal treatments if you prefer, for example garlic has string anti-fungal properties, it should be in raw form, or there are garlic supplements. Other herbal options include pau d’arco, black walnut, and so on. Whatever treatment option you choose, you may find it does not work as well for you as for other people, and that you have to try a different one. Some candida sufferers have to try several treatments before they find what works for them. A candida tongue yeast infection amongst adults is not common though, unless you have an already weakened immune system.
Candida tongue yeast infection in babies
Babies often have a white coating on their tongue, and a lot of the time when you scrape it it comes away because it is just a milky residue left there from their feeding. However sometimes babies have a candida tongue yeast infection and this needs to be monitored. It may go away by itself, but if you are breastfeeding you and the baby may need treatment as they can pass it on through the nipple and it could become a cycle of infection. If the baby is also refusing to feed because it causes them pain this also needs to be rectified so that they do not become malnourished and dehydrated.