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Information on Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is a yeast infection that occurs in the mouth and it gets triggered by excessive growth of certain type of organism called Candida albicans. The organism usually grows on the human skin without causing any troubles. It can grow on the skin, but it also grows in the mouth, in the gastrointestinal tract and inside the vagina.

When the yeast starts growing uncontrollably it may cause pain and inflammatory conditions. This medication condition can be referred to as yeast infection, candidiasis or moniliasis. Oral thrush can be caused by numerous different factors, and it is always characterized by the uncontrollable growth of yeast.

The most common cause of oral thrush is excessive use of antibiotic medications. Numerous different types of bacteria live on the skin, the intestines and vagina and they are harmless but they can come in real handy when it comes to competing and fighting off excessive growth of yeast. When a person takes antibiotics in order to kill off the bacteria that cause the disease, the harmless bacteria get killed as well. Yeast does not get affected by antibiotics so it can multiply and grow in an uncontrollable manner.

Certain types of cancer medications and steroids may also trigger the flourishing of yeast. Oral thrush is commonly associated with numerous diseases that affect a weakened immune system, such as AIDS and cancer. It is not uncommon in people who suffer from diabetes. It can also be triggered by an unstable mouth environment that can be caused by certain types of medications, especially inhaled corticosteroids.

Oral thrush can easily be identified by certain common symptoms such as white patches that cover the oral cavity and red, cracked areas that appear at the corners of the mouth and the skin that surrounds the mouth.

Those white patches may sometimes be rather painful. In order to diagnose the condition properly the doctor needs to know about the patient’s diet and the history of antibiotics use. Oral thrush is not a severe condition unless the yeast enters the blood because then it may spread to vital organs. It is usually treated with different types of antifungal medications.


Oral thrush rarely poses a big problem but it still can cause serious complications in some cases. People who have cancer or AIDS should take care. Complications of oral thrush may include difficulty feeding, recurrence of the condition, nutrition deficiency, genital thrush, esophagus candidiasis, gastrointestinal thrush, and throat thrush symptoms.

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