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who gets thrush?

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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine 43 years experience
Anyone can: Thrush is present in young babies to the very oldest adults. This is a yeast infection of the lining of the oral cavity. It can happen for no apparent reason or be brought on by medications/drugs, illness and those with poor immunity. Antibiotics often precipitate this as do certain cancers and medications. Usually treated with oral troches, liquids, or orally swallowed pills and some topicals.
Dr. James Wallace
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 47 years experience
Not healthy patients: One of the most common causes of thrush is chronic antibiotic usage. It can occur with a single course of antibiotics but not usually. It also occurs frequtntly in chronically ill and debilitated patients or those who are immuno-compromised. Healthy patients generally do not get thrush.
Dr. John Leander Po
Infectious Disease 18 years experience
Steroid inhalers: It's not just immunocompromised patients. People with COPD requiring steroid inhalers can also get it as a result of improperly using a metered dose inhaler and its attachment.

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What can I do for recurring thrush

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Dr. Gregg Alexander
Pediatrics 33 years experience
See your doc: If you've used the standard anti-fungal medicine, and used it just as prescribed, there are some other treatments that can be considered. (if you're breastfeeding, have you treated your nipples, too?) you should see your pediatrician, because there are some other things that might need to be looked into.
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Why does thrush occur?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
Pediatrics 36 years experience
Yeast infection: Thrush is caused by yeast. Yeast are everywhere. In young infants, who have less "normal flora" than older children (normal flora refers to the normal and healthy germs we carry in our mouths), yeast sometimes gets out of control, causing white patches in the mouth. Thrush is also more likely when the baby is on antibiotics which also decrease normal flora.
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How do I deal with thrush?

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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Antifungal Medicine: Thrush is a common yeast infection in the mouth of young children, especially if they have recently been on antibiotics. It appears as a thick white exudate on the inside of the lips and cheeks, and sometimes on the back of the throat. Treatments include nystatin, Fluconazole and sometimes gentian violet.
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What is the treatment for thrush?

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Dr. Arthur Torre
Pediatric Allergy and Asthma 51 years experience
Antifungals: Since thrush is cause by the yeast candida, a type of fungus, it is treated with an antifungal medication like Nystatin or Fluconazole depending on the age of the child.
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What are the symptoms of thrush?

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Dr. Anatoly Belilovsky
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Looks exactly like..: Looks exactly like a layer of milk on the baby's mouth and tongue, except it does not come off with gentle rubbing. And it does not count if it is only on the top of the tongue; a thrush-like white layer is normal there. On the edges of the tongue, inner cheeks, and inner lips, it isn't normal.
Dr. Nick Debnath
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 20 years experience
Symptoms may include pain at the lining of the oral mucosa, tongue, palate, and/or pharynx. It may be painful to chew or swallow, especially if the thrush extends to the esophagus.
Aug 19, 2013

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