Oral Thrush (Mouth Thrush)

Oral Thrush – Symptoms and Causes

Having oral thrush can be a horrible experience, but there are ways to treat it and avoid it in the future. You just need to know the right signs and symptoms, as well as how to avoid them altogether.


Usually, oral thrush is caused by the overgrowth of a yeast called Candida albicans. But it can also be caused by other causes.

The symptoms of oral thrush include cracked red areas in the mouth and white patches on the tongue, lips, and palate. If your symptoms persist, you need to see your dentist. You may also need to remove dentures.

People who have a weakened immune system are at greater risk for developing oral thrush. It is also more common in children and infants. Medications, cancer, and other medical conditions can also weaken the immune system.

A simple lab test can confirm the diagnosis. A healthcare provider can also take a sample of your mouth to see if the fungus is present. A biopsy is also an option. This involves scraping a small portion of a bump, which is then cultured on a special medium. The sample will be sent to the laboratory for analysis. The test will tell your doctor what caused the infection.

Depending on the type of thrush, your doctor may prescribe anti-thrush tablets. They may also need to do a throat culture to identify the cause. Your doctor will also check your teeth and tongue. They may also take blood and saliva samples.

Blood tests can also check for vitamin B12 deficiencies. Your doctor may also take a sample of your saliva to check for the presence of iron.

If the diagnosis is confirmed, you may need to take anti-fungal medications. These usually come in a topical form and need to be applied several times a day for 7 to 14 days. They can cause bloating and abdominal pain. You should also rinse your mouth after taking the medicine to remove any particles.

Oral thrush is generally not contagious. But it can be spread to other parts of the body, so it is important to see your dentist and doctor if you develop symptoms. People who have weakened immune systems or take certain medications are at greater risk for developing oral thrush. Those with diabetes, HIV/AIDS or organ transplants are also at increased risk.


Symptoms of oral and mouth thrush can be uncomfortable and irritating. They include redness, white patches, and a burning sensation. They may also make it hard to eat or drink. The good news is that with the proper treatment, thrush usually goes away.

Treatments for oral and mouth thrush vary for everyone. Whether the infection is mild or severe, the goal is to eliminate the fungus and stop its rapid spread. This can be done by using antifungal medications. Antifungal medicines can be taken in pill, liquid, or topical form. Typically, the medication will be prescribed for 10-14 days.

The treatment of oral and mouth thrush can be difficult for people with weakened immune systems. If you are taking HIV medications, cancer treatments, or have had organ transplants, your immune system may be affected.

Oral thrush is commonly caused by an overgrowth of Candida fungi. The fungi usually live in low numbers in most people’s mouths and are kept in check by the body’s normal immune system. People with weakened immune systems are at a higher risk of developing oral thrush.

Oral and mouth thrush can be prevented by keeping your mouth clean and eating a balanced diet. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day. The use of antiseptic mouthwashes can help reduce the number of bacteria in your mouth. The use of fluoride toothpaste can also help.

When oral and mouth thrush is treated, the symptoms typically go away within a couple of weeks. It is important to stick with the prescribed medication. If thrush comes back after treatment, you should discuss it with your healthcare provider.

People with HIV/AIDS, diabetes, or cancer are more likely to develop oral thrush. They are also more likely to suffer from esophageal candidiasis.

Oral and mouth thrush may be prevented by regular dental checkups. You can also use antiseptic mouthwashes, but you should always consult your healthcare provider before using any type of product. It is also a good idea to rinse your mouth with salt water. Apple cider vinegar also has antiseptic properties.


Symptoms of oral mouth thrush include soreness and a bad taste in the mouth. In some people, the taste is so bad that eating and drinking become uncomfortable. It can also be painful.

The infection is caused by a fungus called candida Albicans. It usually lives in the mouth without causing problems, but when there is an underlying condition, the fungus can multiply quickly. It can also get out of control when it is exposed to large amounts of sugar in the mouth.

It can cause a sore mouth and a red patch on the tongue. If left untreated, it can spread to the esophagus, causing a fever. Other symptoms include difficulty eating and drinking and painful swallowing.

If you think you have oral thrush, you should consult a doctor or dentist right away. A simple test can confirm the diagnosis. The doctor will take a sample of the coating on your tongue and send it to the laboratory for testing.

The doctor will ask questions about your health history. He or she will also look at your throat and mouth. The healthcare provider may use a tongue depressor to scrape the affected area.

If you are taking medication, you may be prescribed an anti-fungal medicine. This medication will help kill the fungus and slow its growth. The medication is usually taken for 10-14 days. The medication can be in the form of a pill or in liquid. The side effects of swallowed antimycotics are less severe than those of topically applied antimycotics.

If you have a weakened immune system or are taking medications for an underlying condition, you are at a higher risk for oral thrush. You can also be at a higher risk if you smoke or have had an organ transplant.

The risk of oral thrush is also increased if you are pregnant or have diabetes. It can also be caused by antibiotics or other medications. There is no way to prevent thrush from occurring, but you can help prevent it by maintaining good oral hygiene.

If you wear dentures, you are also at a higher risk for oral thrush. Dentures can promote the growth of fungus. They may also leave inflamed areas under the dentures.


During infection with oral thrush, the fungus Candida albicans builds up in the mouth lining, causing white or yellowish lesions. This condition can affect the roof of the mouth, the gums, the tongue, and the tonsils. It can also spread to other parts of the body.

Oral thrush is most common in infants. It is also more common in people with a weakened immune system, such as those who have cancer or an organ transplant. Also, people who smoke or take antibiotics have an increased risk of developing oral thrush.

The infection is passed from one person to another through kissing. If you have thrush in your mouth, you should visit a doctor for testing and treatment. You may be prescribed a cream or oral supplement to help prevent the infection.

You can also help prevent oral thrush by brushing your teeth twice a day. Also, you should floss your teeth every day. If you are a breastfeeding mother, you should also check for yeast infections on your nipples.

You can also take antifungal medications for the infection, such as fluconazole. Your healthcare provider may also recommend using a probiotic oral supplement. You can also include yogurt with live cultures in your diet.

Antiseptic mouthwashes change the balance of good bacteria in your mouth. You should also rinse your mouth after taking medicines and after using steroid inhalers.

In some cases, the infection may also occur in the esophagus. This condition may be detected with an upper endoscopy. An endoscope is a thin tube that contains a light and a camera attached to the tip. An endoscope is used to examine the lining of the esophagus and the mouth. The health care provider will take a tissue sample. The sample is then sent to a laboratory for analysis.

You can also take probiotics, which are “good” bacteria, to help prevent oral thrush. Yogurt with live cultures is especially helpful for people who take antibiotics.

People who wear dentures can also have thrush. You should not wear dentures overnight and clean the skin under the dentures daily.

Health Sources:

Health A to Z. (n.d.). HSE.ie. https://www2.hse.ie/az/

U.S. National Library of Medicine. (n.d.). https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/

Directory Health Topics. (n.d.). https://www.healthline.com/directory/topics

Health A-Z. (2022, April 26). Verywell Health. https://www.verywellhealth.com/health-a-z-4014770

Harvard Health. (2015, November 17). Health A to Z. https://www.health.harvard.edu/health-a-to-z

Health Conditions A-Z Sitemap. (n.d.). EverydayHealth.com. https://www.everydayhealth.com/conditions/

Susan Silverman

Susan Silverman

Susan Silverman is a Healthy Home Remedies Writer for Home Remedy Lifestyle! With over 10 years of experience, I've helped countless people find natural solutions to their health problems. At Home Remedy Lifestyle, we believe that knowledge is power. I am dedicated to providing our readers with trustworthy, evidence-based information about home remedies and natural medical treatments. I love finding creative ways to live a healthy and holistic lifestyle on a budget! It is my hope to empower our readers to take control of their health!

Next Post


Don't Miss

Welcome Back!

Login to your account below

Retrieve your password

Please enter your username or email address to reset your password.

Add New Playlist