Infections in the mouth may be the cause of annoyance and irritation. It is painful. Eating and drinking becomes difficult. It is very discomforting and irritating. These oral infections may occur in infants also.
When a fungus called Candida albicans causes such an infection in the mouth then it is called as oral thrush. It is characterized by white patches in the mouth and throat. This fungus is normally present in the body. The bacteria present in the body and the immune system keep it under balance. Whenever this balance is disturbed there is excessive growth of this fungus.
Babies are often affected as their immune system is not so strong to fight. Also, persons who wear false teeth can develop oral thrush as they have a weak immune system and also they fail to keep their dentures clean. Persons having diabetes may also develop oral thrush as the sugar balance in their body is disturbed. Persons with weak immune system are at risk of being affected by oral thrush. As, HIV patients and cancer patients have weak immune system so they are at risk of being affected by it
Gentian violet is a dye which is derived from coal tar. It has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Moreover, it can destroy parasitic intestinal worms. It can be used to treat fungal infection of skin and mouth. It can treat oral infections like oral candidiasis or oral thrush by preventing the growth of fungus. Thus, Gentian violet oral treatment provides relief from oral thrush.
How to use gentian violet for curing oral thrush?
The steps are as follows:
1. Protect your clothes while applying gentian violet so that it is not stained by gentian violet.
2. Take a cotton swab or Q-tip.
3. Dip into 1 percent gentian violet solution.
4. Now, using this cotton swab paint the mouth including the tongue.
5. Make sure that the painted areas include the affected area.
6. Be careful that it is not swallowed.
7. Spit the excess of gentian violet solution.
8. Use it according to the doctor’s advice. Usually, it is to be applied 3-4 times a day.
9. Continue for 3-4 days.
Gentian violet treatment is able to cure oral thrush within 3-4 days.
If the gentian violet oral treatment is not able to cure the oral infection, then Candida albicans is probably not the reason for the oral infection so, you should consult your doctor to find out the exact cause and get proper treatment.
After using gentian violet, some people and infants may develop sores and irritation in the mouth. If they stop using Gentian violet then, these sores should disappear. If these don’t disappear then you should seek medical advice.
Gentian violet is also used to treat fungal infection of skin like, athlete’s foot, ringworm, etc. It can also treat bacterial infection like eczema.
Maintaining oral hygiene is important to avoid oral thrush. Also, regular dental checkup is necessary. Persons who wear false teeth should keep it clean to avoid chances of oral thrush. Thus, gentian violet oral treatment is a cheap and effective treatment for oral thrush.