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Oral Thrush


Oral Thrush: Oral Thrush is a condition in which a fungus accumulates on the lining of your mouth. Oral Thrush causes creamy white lesions, usually on your tongue or inner cheeks. The lesions can be painful and may bleed slightly when you scrape them. Sometimes oral thrush may spread to the roof of your mouth, your gums, your tonsils or the back of your throat. 

Symptoms of oral thrush can include:
  •     white patches (plaques) in the mouth that can often be wiped off, leaving behind red areas that may bleed slightly
  •     loss of taste or an unpleasant taste in the mouth
  •     redness inside the mouth and throat
  •     cracks at the corners of the mouth
  •     a painful, burning sensation in the mouth 
In some cases, the symptoms of oral thrush can make eating and drinking difficult.

Although oral thrush can affect anyone, it is more likely to occur in babies, young children, elderly people and in people who wear dentures, use inhaled corticosteroids or have compromised immune systems. Oral Thrush is a minor problem if you are healthy but if you have a weakened immune system, symptoms of oral thrush may be more severe and difficult to control.

Your doctor will usually be able to diagnose oral thrush simply by examining your mouth. Sometimes they may also recommend blood tests to look for certain conditions associated with oral thrush, such as diabetes and nutritional deficiencies.


Always seek the advice of your doctor before taking herbal remedies

 


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