Immune deficiencies (HIV, Chemotherapy/Cancer Patients): Deficiencies in the immune system that result from chemotherapy, radiation treatments or HIV infection can dramatically change the balance of the protective mechanisms in the body that would otherwise fight off an oral thrush infection. An individual's ability to fight infection determines the severity of oral thrush and the fungal infection overall. Individuals with HIV are prone to severe forms of thrush in their mouth or esophagus, as well as spread of the infection to the intestines. Prolonged antifungal treatment may be necessary for individuals with severe infections and/or those who are immunocompromised.
Luckily, there are natural and safe ways to treat candida overgrowth and, specifically, oral thrush. The most important element is to eliminate the underlying cause of thrush in your diet or medications. Instead of relying on immune-weakening antibiotics that are so commonly prescribed in today’s health care system, use all-natural and powerful essential oils , like oil of oregano, that has antibiotic and antifungal properties. It is also important to restore the body’s pH balance and boost the presence of good bacteria with probiotics and fermented foods.