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Oral thrush

Oral thrush

This is a condition in which the fungus Candida albicans accumulates on the lining of your mouth. Oral thrush causes creamy white lesions on the tongue or inner cheeks. These lesions can be quite painful and may bleed when you scrape them slightly. Occasionally, oral thrush may spread to the roof of the mouth, gums, tonsils and back of the throat.

Oral thrush can affect anyone, but it's more likely to occur in babies and people who wear dentures, use inhaled corticosteroids or have a weak immune system. Those who have a weakened immune system, tend to have symptoms of oral thrush that are quite severe and difficult to control.