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Oral Thrush

Thrush is a fungal infection caused by a fungus known as Candida. There are over a hundred types of fungi belonging to the Candida species, however only a few cause infection in humans. The most common one that causes infection is called Candida albicans. The parts of the body that are most commonly infected by Candida are the oral cavity and the vagina.

Oral thrush is most commonly found in children and people with a weak immune system. White patches on the tongue, inner cheeks and palate may indicate oral thrush. Oral thrush rarely causes excessive discomfort, however itching and sensitivity may occur. Strengthening the immune system and eating a healthy diet may help prevent oral thrush. Stress and emotional shock or trauma may cause a disturbance in one’s pH and immune system, resulting in either oral or vaginal thrush. If your condition has not resolved within 1 week, then please consult your healthcare practitioner.

 

Symptoms

White patches on the tongue, inner cheeks and palate may indicate oral thrush.

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