It is most commonly caused by the fungus Candida albicans , but may also be caused by Candida glabrata or Candida tropicalis. For the majority of individuals, oral thrush does not cause any serious problems. However, this is not the case for people with a weakened immune system, whose signs and symptoms may be much more severe. The outcome for oral thrush is generally very good. Most people respond well to treatment.
Candida Infection: Thrush
Oral thrush: Causes, symptoms, and treatments
Back to Health A to Z. Oral thrush is usually harmless. It's common in babies and older people with dentures. It can be easily treated with medicines bought from a pharmacy. Babies can pass oral thrush on through breastfeeding. This can cause nipple thrush in mothers.
Oral thrush in adults
Oral thrush is a fungal infection of the mouth. It is not contagious and is usually successfully treated with antifungal medication. It is also called oral candidosis or candiasis because it is caused by a group of yeasts called Candida. Speak to your GP if you develop symptoms of oral thrush. If left untreated, the symptoms will often persist and your mouth will continue to feel uncomfortable.
Thrush is a fungal yeast infection that can grow in your mouth, throat and other parts of your body. In your mouth thrush appears as a growth that can look like cottage cheese — white, raised lesions on your tongue and cheeks. The condition can quickly become irritated and cause mouth pain and redness. Thrush is caused by the overgrowth of a type of fungus called Candida. Mouth and throat thrush is called oropharyngeal candidiasis.