lfrjar Member Posts: 4
edited March 2014 in Colorectal Cancer #1
Any suggestions of how to alleviate thrush? My sister has started chemo and has developed thrush. Thanks.


  • Jen28
    Jen28 Member Posts: 45
    I'd have her talk to her oncologist or chemo nurse. I had thrush early on in my treatments, and they gave my a swish and swallow mouth rinse called Nystatin. It didn't work for me, and I then used fluconazole pills, which did the trick.

    I've also heard that probiotics, yogurt and cranberry juice may help.
  • spongebob
    spongebob Member Posts: 2,565 Member
    Or you can just gargle with bleach... although the yogurt, cranberry juice and mouthwash are probably a more pleasant experience!

    Hmmmm... maybe if I mix a little bleach in the clear pure Nepalese spring water... Nah... I'll just play it safe and drink my tequilla!

    - SB
  • CAMaura
    CAMaura Member Posts: 719 Member
    Yogurt works really well - plain, unsweetened and, with luck organic. Chemo kills everything.....good and bad from mouth to tail; putting the natural flora back in our system is key. If you are really against milk products the probiotic might be for you, but I even held a spoonful of yogurt inmy mouth for 20-30 seconds before swallowing which helped. All the best to you - Maura
  • lfondots63
    lfondots63 Member Posts: 818 Member
    Hi Lfrjar,

    My mom gets thrush from antibiotics sometimes. She uses Acidophilus in a pill form. Not sure if the spelling is correct. Yogurt is a good source of this also but is not concentrated enough sometimes. You can ask a pharmacist about this. Sending good vibes to your sister because I understand what she is going through.