Symptoms of Oral Thrush

Overview

Oral thrush is the development of a yeast infection in your mouth. It is also called oropharyngeal candidiasis [1], oral candidiasis or just thrush. Toddlers and infants get oral thrush the most. This condition creates bumps that are either yellow or white, to form on the tongue and in the cheeks. However, with consistent treatment, the bumps go away. Normally, this infection isn’t very serious and doesn’t usually cause damaging complications. However, those with an immune system that is weakened is prone to it spreading to other areas of the body and causing complications too.

A bad oral hygiene is the first cause of oral thrush. Other causes of oral thrush include side effects of certain medications especially antibiotics [2], side effects of cancer treatments and chemotherapy and weakening of the immune system by conditions like HIV, diabetes and Leukemia, which increases your susceptibility to oral thrush. Oral thrush can be contagious, as you can get or affect someone else with this condition through kissing or through oral sex. There are several medications used in treating oral thrush [3] including fluconazole, nystatin and amphotericin B. There are also certain home remedies that would go a long way in treating and easing oral thrush symptoms.