I got thrush exactly a month ago and was the first time. I have just gotten it again. My doctor said it is common in diabetics and I would like to know what is causing it and how to prevent getting this again. It is the most horrible pain and I cannot eat or sleep. Please help!
Thrush is caused by an overgrowth of yeast in the mouth, and as you found, is very painful. Yeast organisms are in the environment naturally, but only become a problem if they overgrow. The reason yeast can overgrow in one with diabetes is that it likes a moist environment high in glucose, as can be found in the mouth and in the genital area. Keeping blood glucose levels well controlled is one way to control yeast infections. Also, ask your doctor about taking a probiotic to help prevent these infections. Probiotics help your healthy organisms fight off the yeast organisms. Yeast overgrowth can also occur after inhaled steroid use or with antibiotic use. There are oral anti-fungal medications that you can take to help treat this current infection. Make sure to ask your doctor about all of these things.