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ORAL THRUSH

happens when a yeast infection develops inside your mouth. It’s also known as oral candidiasis, oropharyngeal candidiasis, or simply thrush. Oral thrush most often occurs in infants and toddlers. It causes white or yellowish bumps to form on the inner cheeks and tongue. Those bumps usually go away with treatment.The infection is typically mild and rarely causes serious problems. But in people with weakened immune systems, it can spread to other parts of the body and cause potentially serious complications.
CAUSES
Normally, your immune system works to repel harmful invading organisms, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi, while maintaining a balance between “good” and “bad” microbes that normally inhabit your body. But sometimes these protective mechanisms fail, increasing the number of candida fungus and allowing an oral thrush infection to take
SYMPTOMS
Children and adults
Initially, you may not even notice symptoms of oral thrush. Signs and symptoms may include:
1- Creamy white lesions on your tongue, inner cheeks, and sometimes on the roof of your mouth, gums and tonsils
2- Slightly raised lesions with a cottage cheese-like appearance
3- Redness, burning or soreness that may be severe enough to cause difficulty eating or swallowing
4- Slight bleeding if the lesions are rubbed or scraped
5- Cracking and redness at the corners of your mouth
6- A cottony feeling in your mouth
7- Loss of taste
8- Redness, irritation and pain under dentures (denture stomatitis)
WHEN TO SEE A DOCTOR
If you or your child develops white lesions inside the mouth, see your doctor or dentist.Thrush is uncommon in healthy older children, teenagers and adults, so if thrush develops, see your doctor to determine if further evaluation is needed to check for an underlying medical condition or other cause.
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