Oral Candidiasis

Oral Candidiasis is also called oral thrush. It is an overgrowth of fungus caused by a fungus called Candida albicans that accumulates on the lining of the mouth. Candida is a common organism present inside the mouth, but sometimes it can cause symptoms when it overgrows. It causes creamy white lesions, usually on the tongue or the inner cheeks and sometimes on the gums or tonsils, the roof of the mouth, or the back of the throat. Babies and older people are at higher risk because their immune systems are not very strong. Newborn babies might get thrush if the mother had vaginal candidiasis.

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Why is there a white round patch in the tongue with reflux symptoms?

Query: Hi doctor, I am very healthy, 36 years old, with 180 lbs and a height of 6.4 feet. I usually exercise regularly. Three years back, after a stressful year, and switching to a vegan diet for several months, I had nagging reflux symptoms (sore throat, sore tongue, colored tongue, and bitter taste). So...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for the query. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you may be suffering from nagging reflux symptoms like sore throat, sore tongue, colored tongue, and bitter taste with a white patch on the tongue. According to the picture (attachmen...  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 icliniq.com. 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 »

What is the treatment for oral thrush?

Query: Hello doctor, Can you look at the picture and tell me if I have an oral thrush?  Read Full »


Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There is a depapillation of the tongue. As it is reddish, it seems to be a vitamin B complex deficiency. But, as the pictures are not in natural light, I cannot comment for sure. It can b...  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 Fluconazol...  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. 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. • ...  Read Full »

Is it possible to scrap the white debris present on the inner surface of the cheeks?

Query: Hi doctor, I have white debris on the inner surface of my cheeks, where teeth rub the cheeks and lower lip. Is it possible to scrape off this debris? Today after brushing and cleaning the debris, I had bleeding from my mouth. On examining, I found two fissures inside my left cheek, the whole left c...  Read Full »


Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The symptoms you have described along with pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity), point towards a fungal infection. It is mostly candidiasis. It is very simple to treat. However, it must be determined why it occurred. It can be due to stress, other vi...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have a painful tongue with red and white sores after oral sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 39-year-old female. I am currently taking Prednisone, Cymbalta, Hydroxychloroquine. I have been trying to get help for almost a year. I had oral sex with my boyfriend, and as soon as it was over, my throat closed up the very next day, and my mouth was white. I have a very painf...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for providing a brief history. The most probable possibility out there is you have oral thrush or oral candidiasis. This is an opportunistic infection and usually does make your entire oral cavity go white, with the tongue being the most affected part. The second...  Read Full »

Can oral thrush cause a popping feeling in the throat on swallowing?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 20 years old. I am a heavy smoker for a year. I feel a pop in my throat. When I swallow, it comes and goes. I have stopped smoking for a week. I believe it as an oral thrush as I have bad breath and some white stuff is present on my tongue. I also have a dry mouth and a loss of appeti...  Read Full »


Dr. Syed Tehmid

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Please mention the meaning of pop while swallowing. Please mention whether your food gets stuck while swallowing. Please mention whether you have difficulty in swallowing. Please attach the picture of the white lesions. Please mention whether these white patches disappe...  Read Full »

I have some white growths on the side of the tongue. Is it due to oral candidiasis?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 20-year-old male with a weight of 78 kilograms and a height of six feet. I have the habit of smoking for four years. I drink alcohol in a moderate amount. I am not taking any medication. I have a problem with my tongue. I started to have this problem before three months. The tongu...  Read Full »


Dr. Radhika Shukla

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. After going through the detailed history and description, it seems that you are suffering from oral candidiasis. But it is difficult to rule out the condition without examining you. Please send me a photo of your mouth in an open position and the tongue in pulled out co...  Read Full »

Are the lesions on my penis and legs due to sarcoidosis?

Query: Hi doctor, I have rashes for four to five months. They do not cause itching or burning. They are simply displeasing to watch. During that time, I was diagnosed with tonsillitis. Recently, my dentist noticed some dental caries inside my mouth. I feel to have nasal congestion although it is clean. I ...  Read Full »


Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. You seem to have fine papules over the glans penis. This is common in sexually active people and it can occur due to a hypersensitive reaction to candida. It is a fungal element found in genitalia. You can use topical antifungal creams such as Clotrimazole or Miconazole...  Read Full »

What could be the white patch in my tongue that gets wiped off?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had a chest infection and was treated with Prednisone, Azithromycin, Paracetamol, and Brozdec. After my medicines were done, I started experiencing throat pain and noticed redness in my throat and a white substance on the roof of my mouth, which I wiped off with Hydrogen pe...  Read Full »


Dr. Radhika Shukla

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Looking at the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and since the white layer wipes off, it seems like oral candidiasis. Oral candidiasis is a fungal infection. Can it happen in immunocompromised conditions like diabetes, HIV, or patients on ...  Read Full »

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