Moses has had a chronic case of thrush that just won’t go away (likely related to all of the antibiotics he’s been on for various ailments, including pneumonia. He’s currently recovering from another bout of pneumonia, which I think resulted from a healing crisis related to the Heilkunst homeopathic treatment that he’s been on, but that’s another story).
Anyway, he’s had thrush, on and off, for several months. Possibly years at this point. We’ve gone through a lot of prescriptions of Nystatin. And, he’s been on a good probiotic for years. The latest doctor prescribed gentian violet, which I hadn’t heard of before. I googled it and it looks like it can be obtained without a prescription and it’s considered a “natural remedy“.
The only downside is that it stains EVERYTHING bright purple. His teeth, lips, tongue, t-shirt, the countertop in the kitchen and in the bathroom, spots on the floor and even the wall. From what I’ve read, the teeth and mouth stains should go away within a few days of the last application.
I’m crossing my fingers that it’ll clear up his thrush. I’ll let you know how it goes!
Updates (June 24): The thrush is gone (yay! – and checked by his pediatrician and his allergist), but his teeth are still purple and so is our bathroom sink!
July 9 – My mom cleaned our sink with a bleach, so it’s not purple anymore, but Moses’ teeth are still purple near the gums. It’ll probably come out when he next gets them professionally cleaned. Some of the brightness went away when we used a bit of baking soda on his teeth, but he hated the taste of the baking soda.
August 23 – It took a professional cleaning by the dentist to get the last bit of staining out of Moses’ teeth. I actually wouldn’t use gentian violet again. It stained everything and Moses’ thrush eventually came back within a few weeks. 😦
March 13, 2011 – Moses’ thrush eventually went away when we started him on Fluconazole (a prescription antiobiotic). He’s currently on it long term due to his Job’s syndrome diagnosis (he’s on a long-term antibiotic too). I want to eventually switch to a nonprescription antibiotic/antiofungal (like oil of oregano), but I need to get DH on side first…