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White furry tongue - do I have have oral thrush?

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Littlemisskiwi Sun 21-Sep-08 01:24:16

Has anyone else had this?

My tongue is furry and covered in thick white gunk. I'm so tired after 12 hours in bed and lack any energy.
I've been reading some websites that suggest this is candida/ oral thrush and I have to cut out sugar, yeast and carbs. I'm only just getting over really violent morning sickness and this just depresses me further.

Any suggestions other than pro-biotics and cutting out sugar?

Thanks

thumbwitch Sun 21-Sep-08 01:29:18

visit to the gp and canesten (oral)
Do you have a vile taste in your mouth too?

The anti-candida diet is a bit extreme and not really very valid, according to a top bloke I know (but he does sell probiotics so he might be biased grin) - but there is no harm in having a daily bio-live yoghurt to help rebalance your intestinal flora and reduce your candidal load. Although lots of people don't think that works either cos there aren't enough bacteria in biolive yoghurts - all I know is it worked for me and DH so give it a go. Or use Actimel.

You could try cutting down on your use of very sugary stuff but don't worry about the carbs and the yeast stuff.

avenanap Sun 21-Sep-08 02:14:57

Suck on a clove of garlic. This will get rid of it. Honest!

Littlemisskiwi Sun 21-Sep-08 06:56:39

Suck Garlic, seriously?

I swallowed a few bits whole today to help my guts out and took an acidiphidopholus tablet.

Thumbwitch - I've had the fur so long I can't recall if my mouth tastes nasty or not! I think all the weeks of vomiting upset my immune system and internal balance.
Thanks for suggestions. will go to GP.

Thanks both

RoseOfTheOrient Sun 21-Sep-08 07:26:54

I had a furry tongue whe I was pregnant and my doc said it was Vit. C deficiency. I took some Vit.C suppliments and it helped.
So suck on a lemon after you've finished with the garlic [boak] grin

Cosmogirl Sun 21-Sep-08 07:59:56

I doubt it is oral thrush. White furry tongue in early preg can be due to dehydration. When I went to my dr about morning sickness she asked me to stick out my tongue, which was pretty gross white and dry - and she said, you do look slightly dehydrated. HTH.

Littlemisskiwi Sun 21-Sep-08 08:03:20

Hi Cosmogirl

Could well be dehydration. I do find it difficult to drink enough during the day - a legacy from my sickness. I eat so constantly that is hard to drink when not eating. I was sick last night before going to bed so ws probably extra dehydrated over night.

I'll try Vic C and to get more fluid in...

Thanks again

belgo Sun 21-Sep-08 08:09:11

Oral thrush is usually very painful, if your togue is covered with it, then you probably would find it painful to eat.

GreenMonkies Sun 21-Sep-08 08:15:44

Ditto Belgo, oral thrush hurts, a lot, that's why babies who have it fuss and nurse and fuss and cry and fuss......

Drink orange juice (fluid & vit c), eat kiwis and (vit c) and drink plenty of non-caffienated drinks. I'd take pro-biotic capsules, theres more bacteria in them than the yoghurts!

avenanap Sun 21-Sep-08 12:27:11

It doesn't hurt for everyone. I've had it a few times because of antibiotics, it tingled more than anything. I sucked on a garlic clove chopped in half. It really did work. My neighbour told be about it because I was sick of taking medication.

Littlemisskiwi Mon 22-Sep-08 03:33:18

Hi

Yes my tongue does hurt. It feels swollen, 'hot' and prickley, often dry in the morning. It was far worse when I went to hospital for HG.

With the garlic - how long do I keep it in my mouth?

I don't think I'm dehydrated as my urine is pretty clear, although I do have a headache and feel fogged and so exhausted - but that could be pregnancy of course!

I'll go to the GP if it doesn't improve by tomorrow.

Thanks for all of your advice :-)

avenanap Mon 22-Sep-08 11:39:21

Keep it in there as long as you can and suck it. It will make your breath smell though but does work.

Goober Mon 22-Sep-08 11:41:51

Are you a smoker?

BlingLovin Mon 22-Sep-08 11:43:11

Do you have a sore throat at all? Isn't a furry tongue also a sign of an infection? The yucky gunk is actually mucus? I know my tongue gets furry when I have a really bad sinus infection?

BlingLovin Mon 22-Sep-08 11:43:11

Do you have a sore throat at all? Isn't a furry tongue also a sign of an infection? The yucky gunk is actually mucus? I know my tongue gets furry when I have a really bad sinus infection?

Littlemisskiwi Tue 23-Sep-08 04:55:06

quick update for you...
I went to doctors and he said yes, looks like Oral Thrush, even though today it was less furred up at the front than usual (the back is pretty bad with little ulcers). Getting some medication from chemist now. He didn't mention probiotics but I'm going to keep taking them. He also said if I found the other things I did yesterday (the garlic, drinking as much as i could with out flushing the food from my stomach, Vit C, cutting out sugary, yeasty and refined food) made a difference, to keep it up for a bit longer to help get rid.

I just want to be able to eat normal food again now that I'm not being sick at the thought of eating!

thanks all. i'll let you know how it is in a few days time.
Cheers!
PS No I'm not a smoker

Littlemisskiwi Tue 23-Sep-08 06:04:36

quick update for you...
I went to doctors and he said yes, looks like Oral Thrush, even though today it was less furred up at the front than usual (the back is pretty bad with little ulcers). Getting some medication from chemist now. He didn't mention probiotics but I'm going to keep taking them. He also said if I found the other things I did yesterday (the garlic, drinking as much as i could with out flushing the food from my stomach, Vit C, cutting out sugary, yeasty and refined food) made a difference, to keep it up for a bit longer to help get rid.

I just want to be able to eat normal food again now that I'm not being sick at the thought of eating!

thanks all. i'll let you know how it is in a few days time.
Cheers!
PS No I'm not a smoker

Littlemisskiwi Thu 16-Oct-08 21:17:50

A second doctor's opinion and a tongue swab proved I didn't have Oral thrush after all.

it is still coated and feels a bit hot and prickly.
I'm drinking enough to pee regularly and have plenty of Vit C.
Acupuncturist thinks it is a build up of 'dampness' in my body. It was much worse when I was really sick. Now some days are just more coated and uncomfortable than others. Weird. another pregnancy ailment that will hopefully get better or go away once baby is born (5 1/2 months time...)

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