Back to Health A to Z. Oral thrush is usually harmless. It's common in babies and older people with dentures. It can be easily treated with medicines bought from a pharmacy. Babies can pass oral thrush on through breastfeeding. This can cause nipple thrush in mothers. Look at other causes of a white or sore tongue. Oral thrush can be easily treated with a mouth gel bought from a pharmacy. Treatment usually lasts at least 7 days. Thrush is an infection caused by a fungus called Candida.
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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. In this article, we will cover all aspects of oral thrush, including the causes, symptoms, and treatment. Here are some key points about oral thrush. More detail and supporting information is in the main article.
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.
Special Offers. The lining of your mouth may end up accumulating a fungus called Candida albicans , which is a condition more commonly called oral thrush. This condition causes lesions, usually on the tongue or inner cheeks, that are white in color. If you scrape your tongue regularly, these lesions can be painful and may even bleed slightly. Oral thrush, if left untreated, can also affect other areas of your mouth like the back of your throat, your tonsils, your gums and the roof of your mouth. Oral thrush can also appear in those who are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, have a documented condition of persistent dry mouth xerostomia or are smokers.