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I have found - as have others here - that simply rinsing the mouth well after each use is sometimes not enough to prevent thrush. What I have found to work really well, and I believe a few others here have found the same thing, is to rinse well afterwards, then brush your teeth and rinse again. For some reason, brushing the teeth seems to help clean the mouth a little better and I'm sure it helps to restore the normal PH balance in your mouth that the steroids in the inhaler tend to destroy. Also, stay away from mouthwashes...they too will upset the normal PH balance in your mouth.

From what you describe, it doesn't sound like thrush to me, but you may want to keep an eye on it just to be sure. If it starts to spread, or you notice this symptom in other areas, you may want to see your doctor who will prescribe either Clotrimazole (Mycelex) and Nystatin (Mycostatin).

When I first had thrush, I had no idea I even had it until my doctor told me. He saw it on the back of my throat and prescribed Nystatin, which I started that night and the thrush was gone the next morning. But you need to finish the whole bottle when it's spread like that because it may have already spread down into your throat and you really don't want to let that go. After that first time, I made it a point to check my mouth twice a day, because then I could see when it was just starting again and simply either remove the one or two tiny spots I saw, or I would use a q-tip to dab them with the Nystatin, and that was usually enough to cure it because it didn't have a chance to spread. I also found that the lattes at my favorite Starbucks would trigger it, because of the steamed milk in them. It's known that dairy products can cause thrush if you're suspectible because of the sugar so you may want to try avoiding dairy items if you find you have a recurring problem with thrush. I found that if I stopped drinking the lattes, I was fine. So instead of stoping once a day :), I stopped once a week, which seemed not to cause a problem.

I have printed below some facrs about thrush that you may find helpful, it certainly helped me....

"In the mouth, thrush looks like creamy white patches or small red spots on the tongue, roof of the mouth, gums or throat. Crusting on the corners of the mouth is also a symptom of thrush. Thrush can make it difficult or painful to swallow."
"The most common symptoms are discomfort and burning of the mouth and throat and an altered sense of taste (often described as "bad")."
"Creamy white or yellowish spots on the mouth and throat that can be removed by light scraping are also common. These may be accompanied by cracking, redness, soreness and swelling at the corners of the mouth. A bad case can include mouth sores."

Hopefully you are fine, and this info will keep you from ever developing it in the first place. Take care.