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Oral thrush (yeast infection)

Candida is the scientific name for yeast. It is a fungus that lives almost everywhere, including in your body. Usually, your immune system keeps yeast under control. If you are sick or taking antibiotics, it can multiply and cause an infection.

Yeast infections affect different parts of the body in different ways:

  • Thrush is a yeast infection that causes white patches in your mouth
  • Esophagitis is thrush that spreads to your esophagus, the tube that takes food from your mouth to your stomach. Esophagitis can make it hard or painful to swallow
  • Women can get vaginal yeast infections, causing itchiness, pain and discharge
  • Yeast infections of the skin cause itching and rashes
  • Yeast infections in your bloodstream can be life-threatening

Antifungal medicines eliminate yeast infections in most people. If you have a weak immune system, treatment might be more difficult.

Source: MedlinePlus

What are the symptoms?

Within all the people who go to their doctor with oral thrush (yeast infection), 50% report having fever, 44% report having nasal congestion, and 43% report having cough. The symptoms that are highly suggestive of oral thrush (yeast infection) are abnormal appearing tongue, irritable infant, mouth ulcer, diaper rash, tongue lesions, and mouth pain, although you may still have oral thrush (yeast infection) without those symptoms.


What might my doctor prescribe?

Common Tests and Procedures

Patients with oral thrush (yeast infection) often receive complete physical skin exam performed (ml), other diagnostic procedures (interview; evaluation; consultation), occupational therapy assessment, diagnostic bronchoscopy and biopsy of bronchus, other non-or therapeutic procedures on skin and breast, nonoperative urinary system measurements, other respiratory therapy and other or therapeutic nervous system procedures .

Common Medications

The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with oral thrush (yeast infection) include nystatin topical product, fluconazole (diflucan), clotrimazole topical, rotavirus vaccines (rotavirus vaccine), gentian violet topical, clotrimazole, simethicone (degas), amphotericin b, lopinavir, dapsone, glycerin (fleet), glycerin topical and nystatin .

Who is at risk?

Groups of people at highest risk for oral thrush (yeast infection) include race/ethnicity = black age < 1 years.

Age

< 1 years
18.0x
1-4 years
1.3x
5-14 years
0.2x
15-29 years
0.2x
30-44 years
0.5x
45-59 years
0.4x
60-74 years
0.5x
75+ years
0.4x

Sex

Male
1.2x
Female
0.9x

Race/Ethnicity

Black
1.6x
Hispanic
1.1x
White
0.8x
Other
0.7x
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