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Thrush Candidiasis and Yeast Infections

Also known as: Thrush, oral candidiasis

What are thrush candidiasis and yeast infections?

Thrush is the term used for a common mouth infection caused by the yeast-like fungus called Candida Albicans (yeast infections can also occur in other parts of the body like the diaper area of the baby, vagina, digestive or urinary tracts). 


What causes thrush candidiasis and yeast infections? 

The most common type of candida fungal infection is with a fungus called Candida Albicans. While normally present found throughout the body in small amounts, it may overgrow due to poor immunity, medications (antibiotics, corticosteroids and others), chronically moist skin, or an underlying medical condition.


What are the signs/symptoms of thrush candidiasis and yeast infections? 

In babies, oral thrush can cause multiple white patches/plaques on the lips, inner cheeks, roof of mouth, palate, gums and/or a cheese like coating on the tongue, causing irritability, and difficulty with feeding. In older children, loss of taste, pain, burning, redness in the mouth or tongue, cracks at the corners of the mouth may all cause difficulty eating, drinking and swallowing.
 

What are thrush candidiasis and yeast infection care options? 

A variety of antifungal medications are available to treat thrush candidiasis and other types of yeast infections.

Reviewed by: Jack Wolfsdorf, MD, FAAP

This page was last updated on: 10/31/2017 11:56:20 AM