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How is thrush (oral candidiasis) diagnosed?

A dentist or doctor can diagnose thrush, or oral candidiasis. It can be identified by red or white patches inside the mouth. It may affect the tongue, inside of the cheeks, and/or back of the throat. It causes a burning feeling and may make it difficult to swallow. Thrush has been known to occur in diabetics because of higher than normal blood sugar levels. Thrush may occur if there is a decreased flow of saliva, which allows fungus to grow. Thrush can also develop as an adverse effect of taking antibiotics. This occurs because the antibiotics kill the good bacteria that keep your mouth healthy. Thrush may also occur in those with dentures or in those who smoke. Thrush usually resolves by taking a prescribed antifungal medication.
Oral thrush is a fungal infection that causes sores in the mouth. If you have a sore on your tongue or mouth that lasts over a week, you should see your dentist. The best way to diagnose oral thrush compared to other mouth sores is by your dentist.

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