Oral Thrush (cont.)
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Oral Thrush Symptoms and Signs
Oral thrush is characterized by a thick white coating of the tongue, inner cheeks, inner lip region, or gums. This coating may be differentiated from the very common off-white discoloration of the tongue associated with infant formula debris by several means: (1) an oral Candida infection is a very bright white color -- milk debris is an off-white color; (2) oral Candida infections may also involve the buccal surface, inner lip area, and gingiva while milk debris is limited to the tongue; and (3) oral Candida is rather adherent to an involved skin surface while milk debris may more easily be wiped off with a damp facecloth. Neither thrush nor milk debris cause discomfort nor other symptoms when limited to the oral cavity.
Maternal nipple/areola Candida infection commonly causes redness and tenderness of the involved area. The rash associated with Candida diaper dermatitis is generally not as bothersome as the more common diaper rash associated with irritation from excessive stool and urine contact with the infant's skin.
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