Thrush is a yeast infection that grows in your stoma, such as your oral cavity or your vagina. In the mouth, thrush comes as a growth that is similar in appearance to cottage cheese: Raised and white lesions present on your cheeks and tongue. What’s more, your mouth gets sore with pain, redness, and irritation.
What’s more, Candida albicans fungus also causes thrush, mostly referred to vaginal thrush. On the other hand, the throat and mouth thrush is referred to as oropharyngeal candidiasis.
The Signs and Symptoms of Thrush
In usual cases, thrush shows abrupt signs and symptoms in the patient. One common sign includes having slightly raised and creamy white lesions in the mouth that occur in the inner cheeks and the tongue.
- Soreness and redness inside as well as the edges of the affected area
- Reduced ability to taste if the oral thrush
- Soreness and rash
Thrush may spread to various body parts that include the skin, liver, and lungs as well.
The presence of the infection may be an indicator of an underlying medical condition. Make sure you talk to a healthcare professional so they can set up a treatment plan. Symptoms of the condition are more prevalent in people who have a compromised immune system, such as seen in diseases like cancer.
The Causes of Thrush
Some of the causes behind thrush include
- Uncontrolled blood sugar levels
- HIV/AIDS infection
- Dehydrated oral cavity
- Unhygienic dentures or dentures of inappropriate size
The Treatment Options for Thrush
Antifungal medications are used for treating thrush. Such medications are available in liquids, lozenges, and tablets. You will need to follow the regimen for around two weeks, and your healthcare professional will prescribe a certain treatment approach that is based in accordance with the cause and your age. For the diagnosis, a doctor may take your culture swab from the affected area. You might also have to undergo an X-ray or endoscopy in case of a differential diagnosis of oral thrush.
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