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#1 Lady Gray

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:00 PM

I’ve had a least ten course of oral antibiotics and several courses of oral steroids this year and used a steroid inhaler for which the doctor didn’t warn me to rinse my mouth after using .   Even though I’m over the illness I’ve had persistent oral thrush and my GP keeps recommending nilstat (oral thrush medication) which mostly clears it up and then it just comes back.

Any other ideas on how to treat this?  How do you ensure it is just thrush?  Will my tongue ever return to normal?!

#2 appledumpling

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:21 PM

You could try Daktarin gel, it's thicker and stays in contact longer with the affected area, tends to work better.

#3 turbulent

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:23 PM

Hi Lady Gray

Has your Dr done a swab?

#4 susie78

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:25 PM

I have struggled with this at times. A pharmacist told me it can be associated with low zinc levels so I take a zinc supplement when I start to feel the beginning of symptoms and so far it’s worked to clear it up quickly.

I also agree that the Daktarin gel seems to work better for me than the Nilstat.

I hope you find a solution, it’s such a horrible feeling

#5 Jane Jinglebells

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:29 PM

Get your blood sugar checked.

Though tbh I'm more suspicious of that steroid inhaler.

#6 lucky 2

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:35 PM

Has the gp considered fluconazole?

#7 Lady Gray

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:37 PM

 turbulent, on 08 December 2019 - 07:23 PM, said:

Hi Lady Gray

Has your Dr done a swab?

Nope, will insist on one this week.

#8 BusbyWilkes

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:42 PM

Has the GP taken a scraping for pathology testing? If it's not responding to treatment, they should look at why.

Before I read your post, I wondered if your were on steroid inhalers, as that is a known cause. Lots of natural yoghurt, probiotics etc may help.

#9 K.heather

Posted 08 December 2019 - 07:43 PM

Xylacaine (sp) not sure of spelling this won't fix thrush but will numb your mouth  if you have pain and discomfort in that area. Hope you get it sorted asap .X.

#10 MayaTheGrinch

Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:33 PM

Ah yes the lovely side effects of a steroid inhaler. I ended up using the daktarin gel, the tablet you get for standard thrush and making sure to continue using the gel for a week after symptoms stopped. Also lots of yoghurt, probiotics.

#11 PrincessPeach

Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:47 PM

 Jane Jetson, on 08 December 2019 - 07:29 PM, said:

Get your blood sugar checked.

Though tbh I'm more suspicious of that steroid inhaler.

It's the lovely side effects of asthma/copd inhalers. But yep your GP is a dud for not giving you the heads up about the side effects it can cause, it's not recently discovered information.

Id try a probiotic, antibiotics mess with your gut bacteria big time (especially that many courses), & that wont be helping your body's abiliy to recover fully,

#12 PocketIcikleflakes

Posted 08 December 2019 - 08:58 PM

My dd had persistent thrush, breastfeeding related so not quite the same but we ended up using the oral gel on her and I took tablets incase as well.

I did find it was somewhat diet related for us. Wheat and sugar set it all off again.

#13 400

Posted 08 December 2019 - 09:15 PM

Using a spacer (if you don’t already ) as well as rinsing should help reduce it recurring once you get rid of it too as it means you’re not spraying it straight into your mouth.

Talk to your GP about a course of oral anti fungal tablets (I.e. fluconazole) if the daktarin doesn’t work as topical gels only treat what it contacts but the tablets work everywhere.

#14 Holidayromp

Posted 09 December 2019 - 09:08 AM

I rinse after every dose and have never had a problem and I am on Seretide.

However DH was prescribed it short term to help with a heavy chest infection. I warned him as well as the doctor and the info on the label to rinse mouth out.  Well he didn’t and wound up with a good dose of oral thrush 🙄

#15 Veritas Vinum Arte

Posted 09 December 2019 - 01:05 PM

My persistant oral thrush ended up becoming geographic tongue. I still have it 10 years later. It flares up with certain spices and acidic foods.

#16 seayork2002

Posted 09 December 2019 - 01:09 PM

I am not of the difference (if any?) but when I was younger I had endless mouth uclers sometimes more than a few at once, I used bonjela and then as I got older they just stopped. I am not sure what caused then but I rarely get them now.

Yes bonjela only helps once you have them so does not stop them coming up

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