Top
30
Doctor insights on: Oral Thrush

Share
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
614 doctors shared insights

Oral Thrush (Overview)

Oral thrush or oral candidiasis is a yeast infection of the mouth. White plaques are present on the inner side of cheeks of the mouth. The tongue may also have a white coat. Treatment is by antifungal liquid, tablets or troches. Thrush can occur when the normal flora of the mouth is disturbed such as during antibiotics, oral steroids or immunodeficiency disorders.


1

1
My sister has oral thrush. Should I be worried about it?

My sister has oral thrush. Should I be worried about it?

Moniliasis, oral: Oral moniliasis is easily treated with oral Nystatin suspension in kids but if you see it among adults suspect aids . Check his blood! ...Read more

Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
614 doctors shared insights

Oral Thrush (Overview)

Oral thrush or oral candidiasis is a yeast infection of the mouth. White plaques are present on the inner side of cheeks of the mouth. The tongue may also have a white coat. Treatment is by antifungal liquid, tablets or troches. Thrush can occur when the normal flora of the mouth is disturbed such as during antibiotics, oral steroids or immunodeficiency disorders.


2

2
How does oral thrush begin?

How does oral thrush begin?

Low immunity: Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the oral membranes, and usually occurs in people whose immune status are reduced. This can occur in people on antibiotics, in diabetics or immunosuppressed due to other illnesses or cancer. Certain other medications can increase the risk as well. ...Read more

3

3
Oral thrush (Tip)

White stuff on my tongue likes to stay where it was made stubborn little patch. ...See more

4

4
Treating Oral Thrush (Checklist)

Dab nystatin liquid onto the oral thrush, if approved by the doctor
4x day
Sterilize bottles, nipples, and pacifiers in boiling water
2x week
Look for thrush on the baby's inner cheeks and gums
2x week
6

6
How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms of oral thrush to appear?

How long is it supposed to it take for symptoms of oral thrush to appear?

Unknown: The yeast that produces oral thrush is around us everywhere & ends up as 5%+ of the dry weight of poo. It is likely planted into the oral cavity repeatedly by infant fingers & swallowed. It may find the lush environment of babies mouth a happy place to stay & attach to the inner cheeks, feeding off the sugar in babies feeds. No clear starting point means no clear "incubation" period. ...Read more

7

7
Improving Oral Health (Checklist)

Keep sugars and sticky starches to a minimum
Once
8

8
Oral thrush for the first time in my life. Sign of pregnancy?

Oral thrush for the first time in my life. Sign of pregnancy?

No: This is not common in pregnancy nor is it a sign of pregnancy. If you think that you might be pregnant, then take a pregnancy test! ...Read more

9

9
Was diagnosed with oral thrush how do I get rid of it?

Was diagnosed with oral thrush how do I get rid of it?

See your doctor.: Oral thrush is treated with prescription oral medication, so you should see your doctor to make sure it's thrush first. You also should be seen to discuss if there is an underlying medical condition causing it. ...Read more

10

10
How do you test positive for oral thrush? Is there a test?

How do you test positive for oral thrush? Is there a test?

Clinical Diagnosis: The diagnosis of Thrush is almost always made based on a clinical exam, with distinctive white lesions on the mouth, tongue, or cheeks. Lightly brushing the lesions away reveals a reddened, tender area that may bleed slightly. A microscopic examination of tissue from a lesion can confirm the diagnosis, but this is rarely, if ever, done. ...Read more

11

11
Tests for oral thrush needed or can dentist just look?

Tests for oral thrush needed or can dentist just look?

Observational Dx: Thrush is so common that most physicians & dentists recognize it on site. I don't recall ever having to test the scrapings even in medical school. ...Read more

12

12
If you don't have diabetes can you still eat sugar if you have oral thrush & candida skin infection?

If you don't have diabetes can you still eat sugar if you have oral thrush & candida skin infection?

Always in moderation: It is not common to get oral thrush, if you are healthy and not immunocompromised.
WE see this more in young infants,
Please confirm diagnosis. Moderate non refined Carbs, will not hurt you.
Do have it treated, if confirmed. ...Read more

14

14
Hi, does oral thrush always mean aids? I have dentures i only take out when i eat and rarely clean. Could that be it too?

No: Oral thrush can be caused by HIV or any other disorder that affects our immune system, certainly if you are not properly cleaning your dentures, this could cause oral thrush. You should see a dentist to treat this. Most often, antifungal drugs will be used as well as instructions on how to dissinfect your dentures. ...Read more

15

15
How can I treat oral thrush?

Antifungal meds: An antifungal medication can be prescribed for you. ...Read more

16

16
How could i treat my oral thrush without any health insurance?

How could i treat my oral thrush without any health insurance?

Very difficult: Need a doctor to prescribe an anti fungal medication and to determine the cause of the thrush. Usually having insurance makes treatment affordable. Try calling the local state health clinics. ...Read more

17

17
Can you have dental work done, root canal and fillings, while you are being treated for oral thrush?

Wait 7-14 days: With proper medical treatment, most simple thrush infections can be cured in about 7 to 14 days. Most likely the infection may not return as long as you stay healthy and well nourished then get your dental treatment done. ...Read more

18

18
Help please! is chlorhexidine mouth wash effective in treating oral thrush?

No: Not really. You have a fungal (yeast) infection. There are drugs specifically for that. You will need a prescription. ...Read more

19

19
What is the treatment for oral thrush?

Nystatin: Nystatin is a prescription medication that, in liquid form, is the treatment of choice for oral thrush. ...Read more

20

20
What kind of home treatments will cure oral thrush and how long will it take for it to be actually cured?

None: Thrush is treated with topical antifungals to the mouth. These are nystatin(mycostatin) liquid suspension-swish and swallow 4 times a day or Clotrimazole troches-dissolve one in mouth 4 times a day until the lesions are gone. For resistant cases fluconazole(diflucan) 100-200 mgs. Orally once a day for a few days will usually work. I know of no home remedies that work for thrush. ...Read more

21

21
What is the best way to cure oral thrush? Does peroxyl help?

Nystatin: This is an antibiotic that kills yeast and you can get it from your doc by prescription. ...Read more

22

22
What is the best method to get rid of oral thrush?

Antifungals: Antifungal topical treatment such as nystatin(mycostatin) liquid suspension swish and swallow or Clotrimazole troches dissolve in mouth are the initial treatment. If this fails oral systemic treatment with fluconazole(diflucan) 100-200mg./day will usually be curative. Disease in aids patients can be more refractory. ...Read more

23

23
What can I do to make oral thrush clear up without drugs?

What can I do to make  oral thrush clear up without drugs?

You can't.: Many people think they have oral thrush because they see white spots in their mouth but they actually do not have a thrush. Oral thrush is uncommon. It is usually caused by inhaled steroids used in asthma or copd, or by a severe immune deficiency such as hiv. It needs to be treated with an oral antifungal. ...Read more

24

24
Do Ceclor tablets stop oral thrush?

No: They may actually cause thrush. Thrush is often cause by use of antibiotics which kill off normal oral bacteria and allow the fungus to overgrow. ...Read more

25

25
My boyfriend has oral thrush that won't go away. Sometimeshe gets weird feelings on the back of his tongue. Whatshould he do?

See your doctor: Are you taking medication for the thrush? If not see your doctor. If you have reoccurring episodes of thrush then see your doctor to determine the cause. ...Read more

26

26
Why does my toddler get oral thrush repeatedly?

See Peds/Derm: Oral thrush, frequently occurs in infants and toddlers. If candida infections become chronic or occur in the mouth of older children this may be a sign of an immune deficiency or disorder. Chronic mucocutaneous candidiasis can be a sign of an immune disorder of t cells as well as a rare genetic autoimmune syndrome known as autoimmune polyendocrinopathy syndrome type 1 (aps-1). See a pediatrician. ...Read more

27

27
Who is at risk for oral thrush?

Several risk factors: Anyone can develop oral thrush, but the infection is more common with these factors:
being an infant
having a compromised immune system
wearing dentures
having other health conditions, such as diabetes or anemia
taking certain medications, such as antibiotics, or oral or inhaled corticosteroids
undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer
having conditions that cause dry mouth
smoking. ...Read more

28

28
How long does oral thrush last?

Varies: If you are taking the proper medication you will see improvement in a few days but should continue with the medication for a full 2 weeks to prevent regrowth. ...Read more

29

29
9 day old baby. Has oral thrush. So far eats fine and is not cranky. Mom breastfeeds. Want to avoid medicine. Suggestions how to treat baby and mom?

9 day old baby. Has oral thrush. So far eats fine and is not cranky. Mom breastfeeds. Want to avoid medicine. Suggestions how to treat baby and mom?

Depends: Mild thrush can be ignored.If the kid gets it to the point the linings of the mouth bleed during feeds, it is obviously going to trigger discomfort and you will know.However, the yeast that causes thrush is everywhere, including in the mouth/gut of all babies.You are unlikely ever to remove it from their body or environment.If baby's doing fine, you can ignore it until it becomes a problem ...Read more

30

30
Is Oral Thrush Dangerous?

Not normally: Thrush is typically an uncomfortable but not dangerous condition in otherwise healthy people. ...Read more

Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
1,408 doctors shared insights

Candidiasis (Definition)

Candidiasis is an infection caused by a specific group of fungi or yeast that usually occur in warm, moist parts of the body. Common symptoms include ...Read more


Thrush (Definition)

A yeast infection of the mucus membrane lining ...Read more