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Most cases of thrush are mild and clear up with the use of an antifungal mouth rinse or lozenges. Very mild cases of thrush may clear up without medical treatment. It usually takes about 14 days of treatment with an oral antifungal medicine to cure more severe thrush infections. In some cases, thrush may last several weeks even with treatment.
If thrush goes untreated and does not go away by itself, it can spread to other parts of the body.
Thrush is more likely to recur in:
Complications related to thrush are rare in healthy people but may include:
What Increases Your Risk
There are several things that can increase your risk for getting thrush.
Medicines that can let the thrush yeast grow uncontrolled include:
Exposure over time to certain environmental chemicals, such as benzene and some pesticides, can weaken the body's immune system, increasing your risk for infections, including thrush.
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