Candida In The Mouth

Yeast fungus, Candida albicans, creates an infection in the mouth that is called as Oral Thrush in the mouth mucous membranes and that in babies it is called as thrush. While the expanded term that includes candida infections occurring in the mouth of adults also is called as candidiasis. The majority of the population has candida infections in their oral cavity. Especially the people who wear dentures will have candida.

Oral thrush

The real suffering starts when there are some changes in oral cavity that favour candida over the other micro-organisms that are present there in the oral cavity.

Candida is a side effect of taking antibiotics or drug treatment such a chemotherapy. Other reasons that could promote the candida are conditions such as diabeties, drug abuse and malnutrition and could cause of immune deficiencies related to old age or infection, such as AIDS. The dentures that are not fit well can sustain breaks in the mucous membrane in their mouth, which can further act as a gateway for candidiasis. People who suffer from this problem often have moist, pale pink spots on their lips, known as angular cheilitis, is an indication of sprouting of candida infection.

Symptoms

White, cream-colored, or yellow spots are originated in the mouth. These spots are slightly raised from there normal being. Normally there is no pain in the area underneath the spots but after scraping it off these spots leave small wounds that bleed slightly. For adults, this can cause an uncomfortable burning sensation in the mouth and throat.

Diagnosis

Thrush can be diagnosed in babies on the basis of clinical picture. For this the doctors scraps the babies tongue and send it for the sample. While that in adults many diseases and illnesses, including very early stages of cancer, can have similar symptoms. This can be found out after doing the through check up from the doctor and hence it is important. There are cases where the thrush occurs as the consequence of the disease or illness in some other organ or systems like AIDS, sudden and very intense thrush can be a sign of a general aggravation of the main illness.