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Thrush in the Mouth


Picture of thrush in the mouth

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Thrush is a common infection of the mouth and tongue caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Thrush appears on the mouth and tongue as white patches that look like cottage cheese or milk curds. When the patches are wiped away, the surface appears red and raw and may bleed. In babies, the Candida yeast may cause a rash in the diaper area.

ByHealthwise Staff
Primary Medical ReviewerSusan C. Kim, MD - Pediatrics
Specialist Medical ReviewerThomas Emmett Francoeur, MD, MDCM, CSPQ, FRCPC - Pediatrics
Last RevisedJuly 25, 2011

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