Posted on July 25, 2011 with No Comments
Oral thrush is a disorder caused by an infection of the mouth with the fungus (yeast) Candida albicans. Thrush is an infection that develops in the mouth and throat and on the tongue. Thrush occurs when a fungus called candida albicans grows out of control. Candida normally is present in small amounts in the mouth and on other mucous membranes. However, under certain circumstances, candida can grow rapidly, causing thrush. Oral Thrush is also called oropharyngeal candidiasis, or OPC.
Oral Thrush – White Patches
Oral Thrush looks like white patches of cottage cheese or milk curds on the tongue or other surfaces in the mouth. In infants, thrush is often mistaken for milk or formula. The patches adhere to the tongue and mouth and cannot be easily wiped away. However, with scraping or rubbing (during brushing, for example), the patches may come off. The tissue around and under the white patches may be red and raw-looking and may bleed. If oral thrush becomes severe, it can extend into the throat, causing pain and difficulty swallowing.
|Do you have thrush? Try this fast and FREE Saliva Test! for oral thrush.
When you awake in the morning, before you put ANYTHING into your mouth, work up some saliva and spit it into a clear glass of water. Within 1-30 minutes, look in the glass. If there are strings coming down from your saliva, or if the water turned cloudy, or if your saliva sank to the bottom, you may have a Candida concern that you should act upon for better overall health and relief from Oral Thrush.