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What is Thrush?
Thrush is caused when the body's natural yeast output goes out of control and causes an infection in the mouth and to her body parts, like diaper rash in infants or vaginal yeast infections in women.
Although thrush can affect anyone, we typically see it in babies and toddlers, older adults, and people with weakened immune systems.
What Causes Thrush?
Candida fungus (yeast) is present in small amounts in the mouth, digestive tract, and skin of most healthy people. Other bacteria and microorganisms in the body help to balance out the yeast in one's body.
Certain illnesses, stress, or medications can throw this delicate balance out of whack, which results in the yeast growing out of control and causing thrush.
People who smoke or wear dentures that don't fit properly also are at increased risk for thrush. Additionally, babies can pass the infection to their mothers during breastfeeding.
What Are the Symptoms of Thrush?
You know you might have thrush if you start to see the presence of creamy white, slightly raised lesions in your mouth, on your tongue or your inner cheeks, and on the roof of your mouth, gums, tonsils, or back of your throat.
The lesions, which may have a cottage cheese-like appearance, may be painful and may bleed slightly when you scrape them or brush your teeth. In severe cases, these lesions can spread into your esophagus, or swallowing tube which would cause:
Thrush can spread to other parts of the body, including the lungs, liver, and skin. This happens more often in people with cancer, HIV, or other conditions that weaken the immune system.
How Is Thrush Diagnosed?
Your dentist can diagnose thrush by examining your mouth. He or she looks for the distinctive white lesions on your mouth, tongue, or cheeks. Lightly brushing the lesions away reveals a reddened, tender area that may bleed slightly. A microscopic examination of tissue from a lesion can confirm the diagnosis.
Thrush that extends into your esophagus may require other tests to make the diagnosis. Such tests might include:
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