What Is Oral Candidiasis?
Infectious Diseases

What Is Oral Candidiasis?

    What Is Oral Candidiasis?

    Oral candidiasis is an infection caused by yeast or fungus. It affects the mouth and throat.

    Oral candidiasis is usually caused by a fungal infection called Candida albicans. The condition occurs when there is too much sugar in the body, which allows the yeast to grow.


    This article will help you understand what oral candidiasis is, how it occurs, its symptoms, causes and treatments.

    Oral candidiasis is also known as thrush. It is a common fungal infection of the mouth and throat. It is caused by the yeast Candida albicans, which grows in large numbers in people with diabetes, HIV/AIDS, cancer, organ transplants, and other medical conditions.


    What Is Oral Candidasis?

    Oral candidiasis is characterized by white patches in the mouth, tongue, gums, and throat. These areas become red, swollen, and painful. In some cases, oral candidiasis can cause ulcers in the mouth and throat. This condition is more likely to occur when there is a weakened immune system.


    Oral candidiasis (OC) is an infection caused by the yeast or fungus called Candida albicans. The condition usually affects the mouth and throat, although it may also affect other parts of the body. OC is most common among people with weakened immune systems, such as those

    Oral candidiasis is often confused with thrush, another fungal infection that occurs in babies and young children. Thrush is not contagious; however, oral candidiasis is spread through contact with infected saliva or mucous membranes.


    The symptoms include white patches on the tongue, inside the cheeks, gums, roof of the mouth and lips.

    Oral candidiasis is usually treated with antifungal medications such as nystatin, fluconazole, clotrimazole, miconazole, econazole, ketoconazole, and amphotericin B.



    Oral candidiasis is caused by the yeast Candida albicans. This type of yeast normally lives harmlessly in the digestive tract. However, when there is too much sugar in the body, the yeast can multiply rapidly and cause infections.

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    Infectious Diseases

    Prof. M.D.

    Alaettin PAHSA

    Koru Sincan Hospital

    Infectious Diseases

    Specialist M.D.

    Ali ÖZÖN

    Koru Ankara Hospital