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By Steph317
 
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I am 21 years old and about 3 months ago I had a very bad eye infection which I was treating with antibiotic eye drops as well as steroid eye drops. I was using the drops a minimum of 4x a day started off at 8x a day for the first 3 days and continuing at 4x a day for the next month. After the first month I got a throat infection which is not odd for me. What alarmed me is that my tongue was yellow on the front and a little white in the back and I had a horrible taste in my mouth. I went to my doctor and I was prescribed an antibiotic for the throat infection and was told the discoloration on my tongue was from the bacterial infection. I took the antibiotic and the infection as well as the yellow went away but the white did not. I assumed it would fade within a few days but it did not. About 3 weeks after my doctor visit I went back and she then diagnosed me with Oral Thrush I was prescribed Troches (I do not remember the exact name) but I had to take them 5x a day for 14 days. I saw very little improvement within the first week. The second week I saw the front of my tongue was not very white anymore but the back was still very white. Once I finished the prescription the Thrush was still there. So i decided to wait awhile and see if once again it would fade away on its own which it did not. About a week later I tried some home remedies I found online. I tried making an apple cider vinegar mouth wash, rubbing garlic on my tongue and eating it, making a baking soda paste, eating yogurt and now I am trying acidophilus supplements because none of the others have worked. I have had the thrush for about two months and with all I have done I have seen little if no improvement. At times it will appear as if it is almost gone and then when I wake up or later in the day it as it was when it first started. My doctor is now recommending me to an oral surgeon. I do not have insurance and this has been a very costly issue. I just started the acidophilus supplements 4 days ago and I am hoping they work but in the mean time I would appreciate any advice or information anyone has.

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Pat Elliott HERWriter Guide

Hi Steph317 - Thanks for writing and sharing your story. Sorry to hear what you're going through. Oral thrush can be difficult to deal with, and adding insurance issues to the mix doesn't make it any easier.

Please review our thrush treatment page as there are other medications that your doctor could try, which would be less expensive than seeing an oral surgeon. http://www.empowher.com/condition/thrush/treatments Most of the doctors I've seen have understood the pressures of insurance cost issues and have been willing to work with me to keep costs down, and yours may too.

Hope this helps, and good luck to you.
Pat

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