The Symptoms of Thrush Or Muguet

Whitish points or a frosty coating; cheesy matter on tongue, roof of mouth and inside of lips; pain on swallowing; burning pain; disturbance of digestion, often diarrhoea.

This disease occurs in infants but a few days or weeks old, in very aged persons, and in persons much exhausted by disease, as just before death in consumption and fevers. In infants the local disease is usually accompanied by acidity of the stomach, which is probably both a cause and an effect of the local disease.

The Causes of Thrush Or Muguet

The immediate cause of this disease is a vegetable parasitic growth known as the thrash fungus, the production of which is encouraged by lack of proper cleanliness of the mouth. If the mouth of infanta is kept thoroughly clean, the disease will never occur. The mouth should always be washed out with a clean wet cloth immediately after feeding; as the remains of food left in the mouth form the best possible soil for the production of the disease. The practice of giving children sugar-teats, or little bags filled with a mixture of bread, milk, and sugar, is a most pernicious one. A more potent means of producing the disease under consideration could not be invented. An acid state of the stomach and a feeble condition of the system favor the production of the disease, probably on account of the greater liability to the accumulation of foul products in the mouth in these conditions. As the disease is probably contagious, care should be taken to isolate patients suffering from it.

The Treatment of Thrush Or Muguet

Thorough cleansing of the mouth is of first importance. Fungi do not thrive except in the presence of filth. Wash the mouth thoroughly, before and after feeding, first with cool water, then with a cool solution of borax or sulphite of soda in the proportion of a dram to the ounce of water. Sugar, honey, and similar preparations should not be employed, as they encourage rather than cure the disease. After feeding and washing as directed, it is well to apply a mixture of powdered borax and glycerine in the proportion of a teaspoonful of the powdered borax to two tablespoonfuls of glycerine. Attention should of course be paid to the stomach and bowels, remedies being applied in accordance with directions given elsewhere for derangements of these organs.