Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth. It is not contagious and is usually successfully treated with antifungal medication. It is also called oral candidosis or candiasis because it is caused by a group of yeasts called Candida. Speak to your GP if you develop symptoms of oral thrush. If left untreated, the symptoms will often persist and your mouth will continue to feel uncomfortable.
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Thrush oral candidiasis , also known as oral moniliasis, is a yeast infection of the mouth or throat the oral cavity. The yeast that most commonly causes oral candidiasis is Candida albicans. Thrush is very common in infants. Adults who develop thrush include: People with diabetes or other glandular endocrine disorders Denture wearers People taking antibiotics Persons undergoing chemotherapy Drug users People with poor nutrition Persons who have an immune deficiency, such as HIV People who use inhaled steroids for certain lung conditions Pregnant women or women on birth control pills. Thrush may appear as white or pale yellow spots on the inner surfaces of the mouth and throat, the tongue, and the lips. It may resemble cottage cheese or milk curds. However, scraping off these membranes may be difficult and may leave slightly bleeding sores. Thrush may be associated with a burning sensation in the mouth or throat. Thrush may make eating and drinking uncomfortable, and people with thrush may become dehydrated. It is important to maintain good nutrition and hydration while infected with thrush.
When to seek medical advice
Oral thrush happens when a yeast infection develops inside your mouth. Oral thrush most often occurs in infants and toddlers. It causes white or yellowish bumps to form on the inner cheeks and tongue. Those bumps usually go away with treatment. The infection is typically mild and rarely causes serious problems. But in people with weakened immune systems, it can spread to other parts of the body and cause potentially serious complications.
It is most commonly caused by the fungus Candida albicans , but may also be caused by Candida glabrata or Candida tropicalis. For the majority of individuals, oral thrush does not cause any serious problems. However, this is not the case for people with a weakened immune system, whose signs and symptoms may be much more severe. The outcome for oral thrush is generally very good. Most people respond well to treatment. However, oral thrush tends to reappear, especially if the causal factor smoking, for instance is not removed.