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Oral Thrush – Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

Thrush, also called oral candidiasis, oropharyngeal candidiasis or moniliasis, is a type of mouth infection caused by an overgrowth of the Candida fungus, commonly known as yeast. It can affect the corners of the mouth, insides of cheeks, palate, tongue and throat. Thrush most often occurs in individuals with compromised immune systems, such as patients with HIV/AIDS or cancer, those with uncontrolled diabetes and in children under the age of six months. Risk Factors and […]

Canker Sores: Causes, Symptoms and Relief

Canker sores, also known as aphthous ulcers or recurrent mouth ulcers or aphthous stomatitis, are shallow, open lesions (ulcers) that develop inside the mouth. These painful sores occur on the inner cheeks, base of the gums, inside lip, or on or under the tongue. Canker sores can make it uncomfortable to eat, drink and talk. They are very common, affecting about 20% of the population. Though irritating and painful, canker sores are generally harmless. In […]

Mouth Sores: Why They Occur and How to Treat and Prevent Them

There are several types of mouths sores that can develop in different areas of the mouth. They may appear as raised bumps or blisters, ulcers (open lesions), inflamed areas or patches of discolored skin. Mouth sores can affect the lips, inner cheeks, tongue, gums, palate (roof of the mouth) or the mouth floor. They may develop after the mucous membranes lining the mouth come into direct contact with an irritant or as a result of […]

Diet and Immunity

Although vitamins and minerals alone cannot cure or prevent an infection, extra doses of certain nutrients do seem to reduce the severity of some infectious diseases. It goes without saying that a long-lasting vitamin deficiency is an invitation to disease. A vigorous immune system is all that stands between us and perpetual infection while dietary nutrients are known to have a significant impact on the status of our immune system. Some experts even suggest that […]