Thrush

Brief Description

Oral thrush also called oral candidiasis is a condition in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of your mouth. Candida is a normal organism in your mouth, but sometimes it can overgrow and cause symptoms.

Signs and symptoms may include

  • Creamy white lesions on your tongue, inner cheeks, and sometimes on the roof of your mouth, gums and tonsils.
  • Slightly raised lesions with a cottage cheese-like appearance which can be scraped off
  • Redness, burning or soreness that may be severe enough to cause difficulty eating or swallowing.
  • Slight bleeding if the lesions are rubbed or scraped.
  • Cracking and redness at the corners of your mouth.
  • A cottony feeling in your mouth.
  • Loss of taste.
  • Redness, irritation and pain under dentures (denture stomatitis).
  • Burning mouth

Line of Management

Oral thrush is indicative of an underlying cause which also needs to be treated along with antifungals for effective treatment and avoiding relapse.

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