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Oral thrush is a yeast/fungus infection caused by the species Candida that affects the mouth’s mucous membranes. Candida albicans is the most prevalent cause, however Candida glabrata and Candida tropicalis can also cause it.


  • Yellow/white bumps & patches on your tongue, inner cheeks, gums, tonsils, or lips
  • Bleeding from scraped bumps
  • Burning sensation or soreness in mouth
  • Irritating cracked dry skin around the corners of the mouth
  • Having difficulty swallowing
  • Continuous bad taste
  • Losing sense of taste


These oral antifungal medications work well, though prescription is advised: 

  • Fluconazole (Diflucan)
  • Clotrimazole (Mycelex Troche)
  • Sporanox 
  • Amphotericin B (AmBisome, Fungizone)


Rinsing your mouth with any of the following will help ease down symptoms or irritation:

  • Saltwater
  • Solution of baking soda with water
  • Lemon juice mixed with water
  • Mixture of apple cider vinegar with water
  • Yogurt which contains beneficial bacteria


Try the following to lower your risk of oral thrush:

  • To help your immune system work properly, eat a good diet and live a healthy lifestyle. 
  • Brush your teeth twice a day, floss daily, and see your dentist on a regular basis to maintain proper dental hygiene. 
  • Make an appointment with your doctor if your mouth is constantly dry and follow their treatment plan.
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