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What is oral candidiasis?

What is oral candidiasis?

Fungus in the mouth: The layman term is yeast-infection or thrush. It is a fungal infection (candida albicans) which is quite common infants and can be easily treated by med such as nystatin. In adult, this can happen following antibiotic treatment, oral steroid use as in those for asthma/copd etc...But should be considering immunocompromised states such as hiv/cancer etc. As risk factors. Consult doc. Good luck.

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Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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Oral Thrush (Definition)

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 ...Read more


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What are the different appearances of oral candidiasis and leukoplakia?

What are the different appearances of oral candidiasis and leukoplakia?

Great difference: Oral candidiasis does produce clinging white plaque in the oropharyngeal cavity, but the white areas of leukoplakia are premalignant or malignant and involve the epithelium (skin of the mouth) itself

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How can I know if I had oral candidiasis? It's possible anal candidiasis?

How can I know if I had oral candidiasis? It's possible anal candidiasis?

Candidiasis: White plaques which do not easily rub off with a q-tip, may be oral candida. This is also painful. It is possible to have anal candidiasis. Oral candida occurs in immunocompramised individual or people on oral or inhaled steroids. Please note that a white patch in the mouth could be leukoplakia and may turn out to be oral cancer. Evaluation is advised.

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How to tell the difference between leukoplakia and oral candidiasis by inspection?

How to tell the difference between leukoplakia and oral candidiasis by inspection?

Physical exam alone: Leukoplakia lesions are easy to identify. The condition causes white lesions, or patches, on your tongue. The thrush, can be similar in appearance. However, doctors can often remove oral growths on the tongue due to thrush. This makes differential diagnosis between the two conditions easy.

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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.

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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.

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Hi I m medical student please tel me dr dose of fluconazole in oral candidiasis?

Hi I m medical student please tel me dr dose of fluconazole in oral candidiasis?

Consult your books: This site is not a shortcut for medical students. If you want the respect of others & have pride in your work, learn how to look up these answers on your own.

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How long does it take to heal oral candidiasis if I am using natural antifungals?

How long does it take to heal oral candidiasis if I am using natural antifungals?

Oral candidiasis: When the lesions disappear and are no longer visible then you have a high chance it is gone. Look I'm the mirror with a strong flashlight. Good luck and feel better.

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My baby is 7 months. She has a white spot below her chest since she was 4 months I think she also has oral candidiasis. Plz advise?

My baby is 7 months. She has a white spot below her chest since she was 4 months I think she also has oral candidiasis. Plz advise?

Thrush and spot?: Ask her pediatrician to get a look at the white spot at her next visit. Do any family members have such a "spot" does she have any other areas like this? How large is it? What shape is it? How is the baby's growth? This may or may not be related to the thrush. Thrush is a thick white coating on her tongue which you cannot scrape off. This will require a prescription anti fungal treatment.

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Pseudomembraneous candidiasis (oral thrush). What is it? Is it cancer?

Oral Thrush: Although oral thrush can affect anyone, it's more likely to occur in babies and in people who wear dentures, use inhaled corticosteroids or have compromised immune systems. Oral thrush is a minor problem if you're healthy, but if you have a weakened immune system, symptoms of oral thrush may be more severe and difficult to control.

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Is there a home test for oral candidiasis?

Is there a home test for oral candidiasis?

It's usually a: Clinical look for white cheesey clumps on the tongue tonsils and throat...We don't culture it. The treatment is a script, ketoconazole or monistat.

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What's the recommended dosage of dilucan for oral candidiasis in a patient receiving hemodialysis?

See below: Usually 200 mg on the first day followed by 100 mg once per day. Continue taking for a full 2 weeks. If localized to the oral cavity then Mycelex (clotrimazole) troches work very well also.

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What is the recommended dosage of dilucan for oral candidiasis for a patient receiving hemodialysis?

What is the recommended dosage of dilucan for oral candidiasis for a patient receiving hemodialysis?

Diflucan (fluconazole)?: 100 mg daily will be adequate. Due to partial renal excretion, which is lacking in dialysis patients, the dose may need to be decreased if used more than 10 days. For instance HIV patients may need long term treatment then interrupted treatment guided by response of candidiasis may be the way to go.

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Is the oral thrush I aquired afetrt the antibiotics or after oral sex will not turn into systemic overgrowth candidiasis? I'm treating for one month

Is the oral thrush I aquired afetrt the antibiotics or after oral sex will not turn into systemic overgrowth candidiasis? I'm treating for one month

Oral candida infctio: If you have no immune deficiency or taking any medications that lower your immunity such as long term course of steroids or any chmothraputic agent, the answer is not likey. Relax. If the thrush persisted please talk to your doctor. Good luck.

Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
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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