Adult Thrush?

Updated on June 17, 2011
L.A. asks from Kyle, TX
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I think I may have thrush. Ever since I was ill and used an inhaler, I noticed a lack of taste and overall lack of appetite.
I have never seen thrush or had thrush, so I am not sure if this is it.
Do I need to speak with my Physician or my Dentist? Is there anything over the counter that works, or will I need a prescription of some sort? Is it contagious?

Thanks for your help.

I do not see bumps on the tongue, but maybe a bit of a paste look to the tongue. It feels irritated, and things just taste bland maybe metallic sometimes?

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answers from San Francisco on

usually with inhaled steroids you are supposed to rinse. You need to see a Dr. to get a prescription for an anit-fungal mouth rinse like nystantin. Good luck.Hope this helps.

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answers from Los Angeles on

with thrush you get white spots all over the tongue and gums and roof of your mouth.

try to find Gentian Violet. it worked like a CHARM when my baby had thrush and it spread to my nipple. the thrush was gone in three days!

(also, people say gentian violet sucks because it stains everything purple, but oxyclean gets it out like its nothing at all)

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answers from New York on

My Dad gets thrush sometimes when he takes his asthema inhaler. He generally gets white bumps in his throat. I do not know if it impacts his sense of taste.

The first step is to make sure you clean everything you put up to your mouth, especially inhalers.

Go and see your physician. They can give you a script for something to clear it.

I do not know if it is contagious, but I would think so as infants giving it to their mamas and visa versa if both are not treated at the same time.

Hope you feel better soon.

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answers from Tampa on

There are certain inhalers in which you are supposed to swish and spit out water because it increases the risk of thrush... For over the counter 1% gentian violet usually works well. It's VERY purple, so make sure you don't spill it on anything and use it at night - it stains teeth for a bit. Brushing will help tho. Swish with a vinegar mixture a few times a day and buy 4-5 cheap toothbrushes. Use them 2 days in a row, then switch to the new one. By the end of 10 days - you should be able to buy a more permanent toothbrush.

Many times it's best to start with over the counter treatments and move UP to prescription. Why pay for prescription (and take even MORE antibiotics which mess with your gastrointestinal tract) and get the side effects when an over the counter well know treatment is just as effective?

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answers from Dallas on

You will need to go to the doctor for a prescritpion and you will need to change out your toothbrush. I do not believe there is anything over the counter. Also you can get a product called NutriFeron to take everyday to build your immune system. Then when something attempts to attack your bodyl your body will create/increase its own interferon to go out and fight off what is attempting to attack you. The serving size is two a day. I would take 5 a day while you are on medication for thrush, then take it down to 5 a day and that will help alot. You can get the NutriFeron at

Health and Blessings!

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answers from Redding on

L., I've had thrush. I got it after having all of my widom teeth pulled. I was an adult at the time.
I had very obvious open sores in my mouth and throat and it was so painful I couldn't eat or drink anything. I couldn't bear to swallow my own saliva. My mouth was red, on fire, and even bled. I couldn't get in to see a doctor so I called the oral surgeon and he prescribed a liquid antibiotic for me to swoosh, gargle and then swallow. It cleared up in a few days.

I don't know if what you're describing is thrush, but you should ask a doctor about it. This could be a lingering side effect of the medication you took.
It's hard to say.

I hope you feel better soon.

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answers from Honolulu on

After you do the inhaler, rinse your mouth well.

Is this a steroidal inhaler or something like Albuterol???
None the less, rinse the mouth, after inhaling.

But to diagnose for Thrush, you need to see a Doctor.

I use inhalers. But I don't get that reaction from it.
I always rinse my mouth after.

Lack of appetite, may happen... because the inhaler for some people, is like a Stimulant. And, it makes some people "hyper". And like with coffee, which is also a stimulant... it lessens the appetite in some people.

There may be an aftertaste with inhalers too. Yes.
Because it is a medicine.
And also, it may affect the balance of your mouth. Hence, Thrush.

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answers from Dallas on

Yes, there is a prescription. You'd want to see a dr and they can test for yeast. Or you can try natural ways. Do you have white spots in your mouth and sores? Your description doesn't sound a whole lot like thrush to me, but I'm only familiar with it with babies...

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answers from Houston on

I had thrush while I was pregnant after taking antibiotics for an ear infection. I did not have sores or spots. My tongue was a whitish gray color.

You can use hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse after brushing your teeth, this should get rid of it if it's thrust. There are directions on the bottle for a mouth rinse. I would also check with your regular doctor, they should be able to diagnose it and give you a prescription if needed. My OB gave me a prescription for a losenge, but it ended up going away before I filled the RX. I used peroxide for a while so that must have done the trick. Thrush is contagious, it's an over growth of a natural fungus we have in our body. If the balance is upset due to medication or illness it can cause the over growth.

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answers from Houston on

Are you sure it isn't just the medicine from the inhaler that is causing the lack of taste? Plenty of medicines affect your sense of taste and if your taste is gone, you are frequently less hungry.
Double check the side effects of your inhaler. It may not be anything but a common reaction.

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answers from Atlanta on

You should probably check with your doc. A friend had it in college, and I don't know what they prescribed, but she did need a prescription to clear it up.

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answers from Victoria on

when i had a metallic taste in my mouth i was preggers!!!



answers from Portland on

I've had thrush and agree with Shane. If this were thrush you would have sores in your mouth and throat and be in pain.

I also suggest this is the result of the medication and should wear off in short order.

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