Thrush (Oral Candidiasis)
Table of Contents
- Thrush facts
- What is thrush?
- What causes thrush?
- What are risk factors for thrush?
- Is oral thrush contagious?
- What are thrush symptoms and signs?
- How do physicians diagnose thrush?
- What is the treatment for thrush?
- Are there home remedies for thrush?
- What types of doctors treat oral thrush?
- What is the prognosis of thrush?
- Is it possible to prevent thrush?
- Thrush (oropharyngeal candidiasis) is a medical condition in which a yeast-shaped fungus called Candida albicans overgrows in the mouth and throat.
- Thrush may be triggered to occur by a variety of factors, including illness, pregnancy, medications, smoking, or dentures.
- Thrush in newborns and infants is common and usually not harmful.
- Risk factors for thrush include weakened immune systems, medications, smoking, or stress.
- Signs and symptoms of thrush include
- white patches in the mouth, inner cheeks, throat, palate, and tongue, as well as
- soreness and mouth pain.
- Thrush is usually diagnosed by clinical examination by a physician or dentist.
- Treatment for thrush depends on the severity and the cause and can include simple home remedies, oral medications, or systemic medications.
- The prognosis for mild cases of thrush is good. The outlook for severe cases depends on the underlying cause and the status of the patient's immune system.
- It's possible to prevent thrush in most cases by risk factor modification.
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