What is thrush in people with diabetes?

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Diabetes increases the risk of fungal infections (thrush) in the mouth and in other parts of the body. Thrush may occur if there is a decreased flow of saliva, which allows the fungus to grow.

Thrush can be treated quickly and successfully in diabetics by taking a prescribed antifungal medication. A physician or dentist can prescribe an antifungal agent that should completely resolve the problem after a few days. Good oral hygiene, such as brushing and flossing daily, will help prevent future occurrences of thrush. A healthy immune system can be attained by good hygiene, exercise and an appropriate diet, which all diabetics should be practicing.

If you think you have thrush, see your doctor or dentist and be sure to report what other medications you are taking.

Having diabetes means you are more prone to fungal infections such as thrush. Thrush is a fungal infection that makes white (or sometimes red) patches in areas of your mouth. These can get sore or turn into ulcers. Thrush likes moist spots that may be chafed or sore, for example, under poorly fitting dentures. Smoking and wearing dentures all day and night can increase the risk of thrush. Quitting smoking and limiting the time dentures are worn can reduce the risk of getting thrush. If you think you have a fungal infection, talk to your dentist or doctor.

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