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Thrush, oral - adults

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Introduction
Oral thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth, caused by a type of fungus called Candida albicans.
Symptoms of oral thrush
Symptoms of oral thrush can include sore, white patches (plaques) in the mouth, a painful, burning sensation on the tongue, an unpleasant taste in the mouth, and redness and soreness on the inside of the mouth and throat.
Causes of oral thrush
Oral thrush infections are caused by increased levels of Candida albicans fungi, which are naturally present in the mouth.
Diagnosing oral thrush
In most cases, your GP will be able to diagnose oral thrush simply by examining your mouth. However, some tests may also be used to confirm the diagnosis.
Treating oral thrush
Oral thrush can be successfully treated with a course of antifungal medicines taken over seven to 14 days.
Preventing oral thrush
Your chances of getting oral thrush are reduced if you keep your mouth clean and healthy.