Why do cancer patients get oral thrush?

Cancer and some cancer treatments can lead to severe oral fungal infections due to candidiasis and also called mucositis or oral thrush. The signs of oral thrush include white spots or inflamed red areas in the mouth and throat. Thrush can be painful and may cause difficulties in eating or speaking. 

What Can You Do? 

Cancer patients who experience these signs and symptoms should discuss this issue with their health care team that can diagnose and treat the condition accordingly. The doctor or nurse can recommend OTC treatments or suggest prescription drugs such as systemic or topical antifungals agents or a prescription mouthwash. 

Some Belong users that discussed this issue in various community groups, suggest remedies, such as: maintaining good oral hygiene – frequently brushing teeth and rinsing with a mixture of baking soda and water. As for difficulty eating due to oral thrush, Belong users suggest trying smoothies and cold juices, homemade smooth soups, or custards. 

Here are more tips from our Belong users:

  • Magic mouthwash
  • Probiotic drinks
  • Cultured buttermilk
  • Ice cubs
  • Nystatin oral suspension

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