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Is it possible to get oral thrush from having a severe cold?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease

In brief: Coated tongue?

Oral yeast infection (thrush) is not a likely consequence of a common cold, even a severe one.
If you have a white coated tongue, it probably isn't thrush. Coated tongue is different and extremely common with almost any medical problem, including colds, changes in nutrition, and other causes. Not a worry; it will clear up on its own. But see your doctor if you remain concerned.

In brief: Coated tongue?

Oral yeast infection (thrush) is not a likely consequence of a common cold, even a severe one.
If you have a white coated tongue, it probably isn't thrush. Coated tongue is different and extremely common with almost any medical problem, including colds, changes in nutrition, and other causes. Not a worry; it will clear up on its own. But see your doctor if you remain concerned.
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