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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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What are the causes of white and yellow lesion with a red border on my tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have small white and yellow lesions with a red border on my tongue. My tongue also develops a white coating, that has to be scrapped of daily. I have attached a photo of the same. What are the likely causes?  Read Full »

Dr. Pallavi Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your complaint and the attached picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The blisters on your tongue that look like small white or yellow center lesions with a red border, is most probably due to a fungal infection that occurs in ...  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 ch...  Read Full »

Dr. Prerna Jain

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 ...  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 171.96 lb 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 tongue hu...  Read Full »

Dr. Shukla Radhika Hiren Hema

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 »

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. Shukla Radhika Hiren Hema

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 steroi...  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 Peerzada Tehmid Ul Haque

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 disappear...  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 painfu...  Read Full »

Dr. Bhadragiri Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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 r...  Read Full »

I am HIV infected and I have a white coating on the tongue. Please guide me.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old male. My height is 5 feet 9 inches and weight is 176 lbs. I am HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infected and I got red blisters on my tongue with a white coating on the tongue surface.  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your complaints are more in favor of oral candidiasis. This is an opportunistic infection in the immunosuppressed patients. Kindly mention your CD4 count, RNA (ribonucleic acid) load, and the medication that you are using. Please attach the appropriate images.   Read Full »

After performing receptive fellatio on a guy I have white tongue. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I performed receptive fellatio on a guy 55 days back. I took RNA PCR (Ribonucleic acid polymerase chain reaction)TEST after 11 days and then again at 35 days and both were negative. I also took a fourth generation combo test (antibody and p24) on 38th day and it was negative as well. T...  Read Full »

Dr. Atishay Bukharia

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Yes, Candidiasis is there. But, it is usually the late manifestation of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Since, all your tests are negative, consider yourself as negative unless proved otherwise. All other things can also happen without HIV. Go for HIV test one more ti...  Read Full »

What is the cause of chronic diarrhea and oral candidiasis after unprotected sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering a serious problem after unprotected sex with an unwknown woman. After 21 days of sexual exposure, I suffer superficial gastritis (according to endoscopy). I have oral candidiasis, fatigue all the time. Several times I met the doctor and he prescribed antibiotics. It does...  Read Full »

Dr. Nancy L Wespetal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry to hear about your condition and will do all I can to help. It sounds like you are well versed in medical terminology and you have had some extensive testing. Since we are working with a new system that allows us to converse together for the next few da...  Read Full »

I have a whitish lesion on the lateral side of tongue. Is it leukoplakia?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a mild whitish lesion on the lateral side of tongue. I am afraid that it might be hairy leukoplakia. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your query on this platform. You noticed recently a white lesion on your tongue. This white lesion could be leukoplakia, fungal infection called oral candidiasis, lichen planus or plaque. All are benign conditions, except leukoplakia which could be precancerous...  Read Full »

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