throat sores/thrush

cuzzy Member Posts: 15
edited March 2014 in Head and Neck Cancer #1
I am about 8 weeks post radiation (30 treatments) and starting about 2 weeks post treatment, started getting red and white patches on the back of my throat. I was prescribed the standard diflucan. It worked great for the first five days but then things leveled out and when I finished the meds, things got worse. The doc then prescribed Nystatin, but the same thing is happening...worked great the first four or five days and now things are getting worse. It must go down my esophogus too, not only on the back of my throat/roof of my mouth since I have a burning down my throat. Has anyone ever had this experience and what worked for you?


  • MLC53
    MLC53 Member Posts: 109
    I also had a problem with oral thrush, at least I thought it was thrush. I was prescribed Diflucan and Nystatin. They didn't help. I had white patches all over my tongue that just wouldn't go away, even after two months of post treatments. When I went for my follow up with my throat doctor, he told me that he thought the patches were radiation changes, not thrush. Well, that really confused me! So, I called my radiation doctor and asked him if he could do a culture on my tongue to clear up whether is was thrush or not. He did, and the culture came back as negative thrush! So, I am assuming that my throat doctor was right. The white patches must have been radiation changes. I am now three months post treatments and the patches are finally going away. If my throat doctor had not said that he thought it was radiation changes, I'd probably still be taking Diflucan and Nystatin! You might ask your doctor if he can take a culture of your tongue to make sure it is really thrush. Hope this helps.
  • rogerbfi
    rogerbfi Member Posts: 16
    Hi, My husband is four years out of treatmet, but still gets mouth sores. He has the same prescription. He uses it as needed for the patchy stuff. He also uses lidocaine viscous as an every day thing which will numb your mouth, throat as needed, ie toothpaste,certain vitamins, food, etc. I wish you well!