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Oral Thrush (Definition)

Oral thrush is a condition in which there is too much candida yeast growth on the surfaces in the mouth or throat. The yeast overgrowth areas appear as whitish spots or patches, or in more severe cases a whitish coating covering most of the ...Read more


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Is oral thrush contagious when kissing?

Potentially.: Thrush is an infection of the oral cavity caused by yeast (candida). Most individuals with a healthy immune system have good resistance to yeast infections, so kissing is usually safe. But there can be confounding factors. Steroids such as oral Prednisone or inhaled steroids for asthma; numerous antibiotics (oral or iv) can predispose to yeast infections. Clearly hiv/chemo patients are more prone. ...Read more

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Is oral candidiasis (thrush) contagious?

Is oral candidiasis (thrush) contagious?

No: This is not contagious, everyone harbours this fungus, but it only manifests itself when your immune system is decreased or if you are on antibiotics that throws off your oral cavities bacteria equillibrium. ...Read more

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I have gotten oral thrush and was wondering how long after being on the prescribed meds is it going to be contagious for?

I have gotten oral thrush and was wondering how long after being on the prescribed meds is it going to be contagious for?

Not contagious: 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. This is typically not contagious. Treatments range from 7 - 10 days. ...Read more

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Please help docs! is oral candidiasis contageous?

Please help docs! is oral candidiasis contageous?

Yes it can be: Candida normally inhabits the whole intestinal system, including the oral cavity but your immune system keeps the levels low. When the immune system cannot suppress the growth of candida it overgrows. I think there must be strains of candida that are more aggressive and can lead to overgrowth more and yes you could get this from someone else. I have had cases where patients developed thrush. ...Read more

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Which is the most effective and most effective medicine(s) against oral thrush?

Mycelex (clotrimazole) Troches: Just ask your doctor/dentist for these, dissolve in mouth 5x day for 2 weeks. Should resolve the candidiasis (thrush). ...Read more

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Is Oral Thrush Dangerous?

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

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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)

Thrush is a yeast infection of the mucus membrane lining ...Read more