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How can you tell the difference between thrush or hairy leukoplakia?

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Dr. Charles Kattuah answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Thrush is wipable: Thrush is another term for oral candidiasis. It is essentially a fungal infection of common oral microbe and is easily cured with antifungal medicines or troches (dissolvable tabs). Hairy leukoplakia is caused by a viral infection (epstein-barr virus) and usually occurs in immunocompromised patients. Thrush can occur also in these patents or patients who chronically take antibiotics.

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Dr. David May answered

Specializes in Dentistry

It wipes off: Thrush wipes off with a piece of cotton.

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