Thrush, Adult

ExitCare ImageThrush is an infection that can happen on the mouth, throat, tongue, or other areas.


  • Medicines are either applied right on the area or are swallowed.

  • Eat plain yogurt that contains live cultures (check the label).

  • Adults can treat thrush at home with gentian violet (1%), or as told by your doctor.

If you are breastfeeding:

  • Clean your nipples with an antifungal medicine.

  • Dry your nipples after breastfeeding.

  • Use an ointment called lanolin to help relieve nipple soreness.

If you wear dentures:

  • Take out your dentures before going to bed.

  • Brush them thoroughly.

  • Soak them in a denture cleaner.

To reduce pain:

  • Drink cold liquids such as water or iced tea. Eat frozen ice pops or frozen juices.

  • Eat foods that are easy to swallow such as gelatin or ice cream.

  • Drink from a straw if the patches are painful.

  • Rinse your mouth many times a day with a warm salt water rinse. To make the rinse, mix 1 teaspoon of salt in 8 ounces of warm water.


  • Your problems are getting worse.

  • Your problems are not improving within 7 days of starting treatment.

  • Your infection is spreading. This may show as white patches on the skin outside of your mouth.

  • You are nursing and have redness and pain in the nipples. Your infant's mouth should also be looked at.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.