What are the risks of having oral thrush (oral candidiasis)?

Oral thrush, also known as candidiasis, causes velvety white patches on your tongue, cheeks, and sometimes other parts of your mouth. The patches may be painful and can make it hard to swallow. You may also have a cottony feeling in your mouth and lose your sense of taste. If your immune system is weakened from cancer, HIV/AIDS, or other serious health conditions, thrush can spread to other parts of your body and could cause serious complications.

Oral thrush can be painful, and it can cause you to lose your sense of taste temporarily. It mostly affects your mouth, covering it with small, white cuts. If the infection becomes severe, it can spread into your esophagus. Candidiasis of the esophagus can make it hard to swallow.

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Oral Thrush

Oral Thrush

Thrush, or oral candidiasis, is a fungal infection of the tongue and mouth most common in infants and people who wear dentures. It can also affect people with HIV or diabetes. Thrush causes white or red patches in the mouth that m...

ay be sore or become ulcers. In infants an antifungal medication is generally the treatment. Eating yogurt or taking acidophilus can also help. Learn more about preventing and treating oral thrush with expert advice from Sharecare.

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