Fungal Infection Of The Mouth Or Throat

The most common fungal infection of the mouth or throat is a thrush. It is caused by the candida group of fungi. One may suffer white elevated patches inside the mouth and throat which are fungal growth in those areas. Generally, it goes away with antifungal drugs but one may suffer pain and burning inside the mouth and down the throat. Those with poor body immunity are more susceptible to fungal infection of the mouth and throat.

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I have a coated tongue for the past five months. What it could be?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had a coated tongue for the past five months. I was under extreme stress, worry, and anxiety. Even thought that I had got HIV from receiving oral sex. Since then, I have had a 10 week and six months negative HIV test. About a month after my exposure, I noticed that my tongue was...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like a thick white coating that is commonly seen in case of yeast infection of the tongue or oral thrush. It commonly causes dryness in the mouth. Papillae feel furry due to the infectio...  Read Full »

I have a painful throat and tongue condition, which do not resolve with a salt water rinse. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have a painful throat and tongue condition called thrush. I tried with a saltwater rinse. It is also present in the back of my throat. I had this many years ago, and I recognize its symptoms. I am embarrassed about it and hope to cure it without delay. A few weeks of tablets Fluconazole...  Read Full »

Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query. I am sorry for such discomfort you are having. You already know the diagnosis that it is oropharyngeal candidiasis. Symptoms consist of: White patches on the inner cheeks, tongue, throat. Loss of taste. Pain while eating or swallowing. ...  Read Full »

I have tender roof of mouth which is grey in color. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I have tender roof of mouth. I checked this morning and it was turning grey. I asked my friend to describe it better and told me it looked like grey cotton and as I got a closer look, the color reminded me of grey lint from the dryer. There is not any pain but rubbing my tongue against...  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I had gone through your question and I can understand your concern. As per your history, it seems to me like oral thrush or candidiasis. It is a fungal infection. In case you had medication, antibiotics for flu, then it is definitely the fungal infection. If you can upl...  Read Full »

Should I be concerned about the oral thrush despite testing negative for HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had stomach acidity, a slightly blocked nose, and oral thrush after I returned home from visiting another country. I had sex multiple times three months ago. I had undergone the HIV1 and 2, HSV, and HPV tests a month ago, but all these tests came negative. Even though all tests ...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Oral thrush is a fungal infection associated with STD (sexually transmitted disease). However, it can also exist as a separate entity. Which test for HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) have you undergone? Did you have unprotected sex multiple times? I suggest you tak...  Read Full »

I have asthma, with a foul smell coming from my nose and throat. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have allergic asthma and nasal polyp since the past year. I have seasonal asthma since my childhood, and during an endoscopy, they found a 7 mm polyp at the GE junction, which is benign. I am feeling fatigue, and some foul smell is coming from my throat and nose. My recent bloo...  Read Full »

Dr. Goswami Parth Rajendragiri

Answer: Hi, Welcome to the According to the history provided, you are having asthma and acid reflux disease. To cure asthma, I suggest using Salmeterol and steroid combination inhaler. Here steroid component can lead to throat irritation and secondary throat infection, for example, candi...  Read Full »

What is the reason for white coating on the tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, For the last few days, there is a white or yellow coating in the back of my tongue. It has been hurting. My taste buds in the back are swollen and bleed when I use the tongue scraper, which is on my toothbrush. What could this be?  Read Full »

Dr. Rashi Verma

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read your query. A coated or white tongue occurs when the surface is colonized by bacteria or fungi, and dead cells become trapped between the small nodules on the tongue. From the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity), that you have sent m...  Read Full »

Using betnelan tablet for asthma. What are the side effects of it?

Query: Dear Doctor, In the last 6 years, I am using Betnelan tablet for asthma. I want to know the side effects of it. Age 28 years, m, height: 170cm, weight 44kg.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Karanwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The side-effects of betnelan tablet are as follows: Loss of skin atrophy. Local white patches of deeply pigmented skin. Dryness. Irritation. Nasal bleed. Ulceration or perforation of the nasal septum. Smell and taste disturbances. Hoarseness and fungal infection of the ...  Read Full »

What should I do to help my sticky saliva and painful white patches at the back of the tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am having persistent clearing of the throat, especially after something goes down my throat. Sometimes it feels like mucus is stuck there, and I see white patches at the back of my tongue. My saliva is very sticky sometimes, and I have a little sore at the back of my tongue. The whi...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please capture a photo for your throat and send it to me.  Read Full »

Why do I get recurrent growth on the tongue?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 27-year-old male. I have seen my doctor multiple times for growth on the tongue. This growth is yellow and sometimes white. I have to brush it off, and it always comes back. I was given antifungal treatment, and culture tests showed now fungus. What is causing these bacteria? It ...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Mostly the tongue lesion that can be capped off are fungal infections even if the culture comes negative. Mouth hygiene is essential. Do you have reflux in the form of a burning sensation in your chest or your stomach? Do you have a bitter taste in your throat wh...  Read Full »

I have difficulty swallowing, sore throat, and white spots in throat. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past few days, I have had difficulty swallowing, a sore throat, and these white spots on the back of my throat that keep getting bigger. I was already tested for streptococcus which was negative and I am wondering what else it could be?  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You seem to suffer from fungal sores and ulceration of oral cavity and oropharynx. I suggest you do a local application of Clotrimazole (Clotrin) gel over the affected area thrice daily after rinsing the mouth with Benzdymine oral rinses. In addition, Tylenol will he...  Read Full »

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