Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Candidiasis Mouth Evaluation

The evaluation of thrush begins with a history and physical exam.

Physical findings in someone with thrush may include:

  • Throat redness
  • White coating on the surface the mouth and throat:
    • On the tongue
    • On the back of the throat
    • Coating does not come off with application of a swab

Usually, tests are not necessary to make the diagnosis of thrush.

Tests that may be used to evaluate thrush include:
  • Culture of the throat
  • Strep screen of the throat
  • Examination of the white coating under a microscope
  • Monospot

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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