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Oral Thrush Overview

Another name for Oral Thrush is Thrush.

What is thrush?
A person with thrush has inflammation to the lining of the mouth and throat, caused by a fungal infection. Thrush is common in infants and younger children. About 25 percent of infants develop thrush during the first 3 months of life. In adults, it tends to occur only in those who have a weak immune system. Occasionally, it may be a medication side effect of antibiotic therapy or chemotherapy.

What are the symptoms of thrush?
Symptoms of thrush include a white coating on the surface of the mouth and throat, a sore throat, and throat redness.

How does the doctor treat thrush?
Treatment for thrush includes oral antifungal medications.

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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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