About the Illness

Oral thrush is caused by an overgrowth of yeast and the fungus Candida albicans in the digestive system. It is a common problem for people who are HIV+.
If you do not treat the infection straight away it can lead to difficulty eating, which in turn will make you sicker, weaker and unable to regain your health and weight.


Common Symptoms

White patches in the mouth often surrounding an area of inflammation, generally inside the cheeks, on the gums or tongue; small, painful blisters in the mouth; wounds on the gums; pain in the mouth; eating and chewing food (especially if hot, spicy and salty) is painful as is cleaning the mouth.


Children’s Issues

Oral thrush is a common problem amongst newborn babies and HIV+ children.
The following symptoms are strong signs that your child may be HIV+ :
Recurring oral thrush, thrush lasting more than 30 days or thrush infection that occurs even if the child has not been taking antibiotics.
Other symptoms in children include disinterest in feeding, crying while feeding, vomiting,irritability, stomach ache and loose yellowish/greenish diarrhoea with mucus.
Reassure and comfort your child as much as possible because  a sore mouth can be very distressing.


Important Information

Take your child to the clinic if she is refusing to take liquids because the mouth is too sore.


Herbal Therapy

First, clean the mouth using either of these:

Clove Solution good for all

Take 4 cloves, crush them and boil in 1 glass water.
Allow to cool, then gargle and swallow.


Aloe Juice Solution good for all

If gums are too painful to brush teeth, dilute 1/4 tsp in a glass of cold water.
Rinse and freshen mouth with this solution


Eucalyptus globulus Infusion good for all

Pour boiling water over a few eucalyptus leaves.
Leave to cool, then use to gargle and rinse the mouth.
Spit out when finished.


Then treat the wounds by using one of the following methods:

Lantana trifolia Extract good for all

Crush 1 handful of leaves, add to 1/4 glass cold water and leave for 15 minutes.
Apply liquid to the sores with cloth or cotton wool 3x daily for as long as necessary.
You should see improvement in 1 day.


Garlic careful use for kids only

Chew 1 clove and swallow 3x daily.


Banana Ash good for baby

Apply banana ash to the mouth with a clean finger or soft cloth 3x daily for as long as necessary.


Cinnamon Bark Powder good for baby

Apply to the sores with a clean finger or soft cloth 3x daily for as long as necessary.


Food and Nutrition Advice

  • Thrush is a sign of a weak immune system; the best way to prevent it is through proper diet and nutrition.
  • Eat raw garlic every day; it has strong anti-fungal and immune-boosting properties.

If you have mouth sores:

  • Eat soft and moist foods, like soup, which are easier to chew and swallow. You can soften food by mixing it with liquid, or you can soak hard foods in liquid until they become soft.
  • Avoid spicy, salty, sour or acidic foods.

Follow guidelines to prevent thrush in the General Health and Diet Related Problems section.

  • Eat raw garlic, selenium-rich foods, fresh natural yoghurt (not sweetened or flavoured), yellow vegetables,  cooked banana and green vegetables (but not acidic ones like spinach and mchicha).
  • Avoid caffeine and nicotine.
  • Avoid sugar (refined sugar, yeast, dairy products, wheat products and alcohol).
  • If you take antibiotics then you should eat unsweetened, natural yoghurt (maziwa mala) to help friendly bacteria grow in your digestive system.

Body Work and General Advice

Treatment of oral thrush should include these 4 steps:

  • Clean the mouth regularly to stop further infection. This also keeps the mouth fresh and clean, so helping food taste better and making it easier to eat.

  • Treat wounds and sores.

  • Treat fungal infection using diet and herbs see Thrush in the General Health and Diet Related Problems.

  • Make sure you eat enough food to regain your strength and immunity.


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