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How can I prepare for an appointment to diagnose oral thrush?

You can prepare for an appointment to diagnose oral thrust by making a list of your symptoms. Include symptoms that may not seem related to your oral thrush infection. Make a note of any major stresses or life changes you may have undergone recently. Your doctor will need to know about any medications or supplements you take regularly, and particularly about any medical history you may have will illnesses that compromise your immune system, like HIV.

Before an appointment to diagnose oral thrush, prepare a written list that details your symptoms, medical history, and any questions you have about the condition. Oral thrush is a white fungus that develops inside the mouth and on the tongue.

When preparing your list, consider what you would like to know about the cause, prevention, possible lab tests, and available treatment for the condition. Be sure to include any current medical condition, or recent stress or changes in your life. Although oral thrush is not serious for most healthy people, it can create additional health risks for those with weakened immune systems.
Oral thrush is common among denture wearers and is also common for people with weak immune systems -- the very young, elderly or those debilitated by disease, such as diabetes or leukemia. In addition, people with dry mouth syndrome are susceptible to the condition. 

If you have scheduled an appointment for suspected oral thrush, be sure to note all of your symptoms and to fill your dentist in on your daily oral hygiene routine.

Controlling oral thrush means focusing on preventing or controlling the condition that causes the outbreak. Good oral hygiene is essential. Clean your dentures every night and remove them at bedtime. If the cause is dry mouth saliva substitutes and prescription medications may be helpful when the underlying cause of dry mouth is incurable or unavoidable.

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