I went to the doc because I thought I might have oral thrush. His diagnosis was so far in a different direction that I'm kind of baffled. Hope me?
So I just spent 8 days on an antibiotic (Clindamycin) because of a dental issue. Right at the beginning of those days I started to have a terrible taste in my mouth, and over the course of those days I developed a sort of white film covering my tongue. I couldn't discontinue the antibiotics, so I waited until the end, then another day or two to see if it would clear up. It didn't.
Googling around I see that thrush is a not-infrequent side effect of some antibiotics, and while the interior of my mouth does not -- thankfully! -- look as bad as some of the photos I've seen, it does look like this
. Brushing doesn't help, and the terrible taste persists 24/7. My tongue also appears pitted or cracked -- though perhaps that is just the regular surface of my tongue being highlighted by the whiteness. It doesn't hurt.
I couldn't get ahold of my dentist so I popped into my general practitioner -- and though I couldn't see him I saw a different doc in the practice. He heard my story, took a look deep into my mouth, then here are his questions and my answers:
Are you having sinus pain? No.
Do you get many sinus infections? No, never had one in my life.
Do you clear your throat a lot? I don't think so.
Have you been coughing a lot? Definitely no.
Then he told me that this is all caused by post-nasal drip. And he told me to:
-- gargle with salt water
-- do warm compresses on my cheeks & nose
-- pick up a prescription of saline -- basically a neti pot situation.
Does this sound right to you guys? I am most definitely not a doctor, and I certainly don't expect a doc to just rubber stamp whatever I've learned on the internet. But for some reason this is feels like a real disconnect, given my "no" answers to his questions, and the fact that I'm just coming off the antibiotics.
Also, if you have any suggestions for my own self-treatment, I'd love to hear them. At this point I haven't picked up the saline prescription, and I was thinking of just doing the salt-water gargle all weekend to see if that helps. I'm confused about why I would be doing the neti pot-style of treatment when my nose seems entirely clear and unstuffed and I'm not experiencing any sinus issues that I can perceive.
Lastly, I'll just add that at Mr. BlahLaLa's insistence i had been having some of those live culture yogurt drinks during the antibiotics to help my gut recover. Don't know if that makes any difference.