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how do I treat thrush?

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I think I have thrush...I have this white coating on my tongue that started a couple of days ago. Any ideas on how to treat it, and how to keep it from spreading to my 4 month old? I was thinking about trying to gargle with vinegar water since vinegar baths are supposed to help w/yeast infections and thrush is yeast related.
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You can mix together 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract and 1 oz distilled water and paint in on your tongue. I've heard this works really well. There's also gentian violet that you mix the same way, but it'll stain your tongue purple
. Good luck getting rid of the yeasties!
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be careful with grapefruit seed extract. i just read an older study in which scientists determined that several commercially prepared extracts may contain one or more synthetic antimicrobials as contaminants (and they even questioned the activity of GSE itself). i questioned the manufacturer (or supplier) of the brand i use and, according to their product specialists, there is controversy about that compound - whether it is a contaminant or if it is actually part of the extract.

Pharmazie. 1999 Jun;54(6):452-6.
Aspects of the antimicrobial efficacy of grapefruit seed extract and its relation to preservative substances contained.

von Woedtke T, Schluter B, Pflegel P, Lindequist U, Julich WD.

The antimicrobial efficacy as well as the content of preservative agents of six commercially available grapefruit seed extracts were examined. Five of the six extracts showed a high growth inhibiting activity against the test germs Bacillus subtilis SBUG 14, Micrococcus flavus SBUG 16, Staphylococcus aureus SBUG 11, Serratia marcescens SBUG 9, Escherichia coli SBUG 17, Proteus mirabilis SBUG 47, and Candida maltosa SBUG 700. In all of the antimicrobial active grapefruit seed extracts, the preservative benzethonium chloride was detected by thin layer chromatography. Additionally, three extracts contained the preserving substances triclosan and methyl parabene. In only one of the grapefruit seed extracts tested no preservative agent was found. However, with this extract as well as with several self-made extracts from seed and juiceless pulp of grapefruits (Citrus paradisi) no antimicrobial activity could be detected (standard serial broth dilution assay, agar diffusion test). Thus, it is concluded that the potent as well as nearly universal antimicrobial activity being attributed to grapefruit seed extract is merely due to the synthetic preservative agents contained within. Natural products with antimicrobial activity do not appear to be present.

that said, i also read a (non clinical trial) study in which doctors had patients chew 5-6 grapefruit seeds every 8 hours for 2 weeks and it cleared up some urinary tract infections. (see so perhaps there is something in the grapefruit seeds that is lost or altered during chemical extraction.
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We used gentian violet when DS had thrush. If you are the one that has it, just dip a Q-tip in the bottle of GV and suck on it for a second. Do this once a day for a week. It will stain your mouth purple/red, but it's very cheap and works well. If you do it as soon as you get home from work, it should have faded enough by the next day so that it won't be noticable when you go to work.
another thought.... in college, i got thrush (still haven't quite figured out how) and it was in my mouth, but waaaaaaay at the back of my throat. i recall it hurting to swallow. ended up getting an oral rx for nystatin. if gentian violet doesn't work, you might consider that. nystatin doesn't get taken up by the intestines, so it doesn't get into your bloodstream.
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