Thrush, Candidiasis and Yeast Infections
Treatment & Care
What treatments are available for candidiasis?
Candidiasis is highly treatable. Possibilities include:
- Yeast infections in the vagina or anus can be treated with medicated suppositories.
- Thrush may be treated with a medicated mouthwash or lozenges that dissolve in the mouth.
- Severe infection or infections in an immuno-compromised child may be treated with oral anti-yeast medications.
Tips for caring for an infant with thrush
Some things to keep in mind:
- A breastfeeding mother may also need to be treated if she has a fungal infection on her breasts. This will help decrease the chance of re-infecting the infant.
- Keep your child's diaper area clean and dry. Let your child's bottom be exposed to air for approximately 15 minutes, several times throughout the day.
- A simple yet often effective treatment is with a purple medication called gentian violet, which is painted inside the baby's mouth.