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Oral Thrush

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ORAL THRUSH is caused by overgrowth of a fungus - Candida albicans - in your mouth. It is not normal in adults but can be in breastfeeding babies. In adults, oral thrush can be a symptom of any disease which lowers your body's immune system defences.

Oral Thrush Cause

  • Diabetes
  • Medications like prednisone or asthma steroid puffers.
  • HIV AIDS - this virus gradually kills white blood cells needed to fight infection.
  • Leukemia - this is an overgrowth of one white cell type at the expense of the others.
  • Hereditary immune defects - some persons are born with defects in their ability to fight infections.

Oral Thrush Symptoms

  • White fuzzy plaques along the inside of your mouth.
  • White spots coating your tongue that do not scrape off.
  • Soreness of your tongue.
  • Bleeding when scraped.

Picture of Tongue Thrush

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Oral Thrush Treatment

  • Swish and swallow with antifungal mouth washes 3 to 4 times daily until the thrush clears.
  • Tablet antifungal treatment for resistant or severe cases of oral thrush.
  • Treating any predisposing illnesses to oral thrush like diabetes.
  • Eat yogurt with live bacteria to restore balance to your mouth's flora.

Doctor Secrets! Many people with a white film across their tongue think its oral thrush. But it's actually dead cells and bacterial scum build up. Treat it by using a tongue scraper after brushing your teeth.

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