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Oral Thrush

Oral thrush, otherwise called oral candidiasis, is yeast growth in the oral cavity on the inner cheeks and tongue. Candida albicans is the most common cause for it. It is usually present in individuals with reduced immunity. It can also affect babies and infants. It causes white or yellow patches, burning sensation, bleeding from the patches, bad taste, etc. It can be transmitted to another person when in contact. Treatments include antifungal mouthwash, oral antifungal medication, topical ointments, etc.

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My son has recurrent, shifting patches on the tongue. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My son is 3 years old. He has recurrent patches on his tongue, which looks like it is burnt. It disappears by itself in a few days and reappears again. The location keeps changing on the tongue surface and is not present anywhere in his mouth or gums. He does not have any pain or shows...  Read Full »

Dr. Diggireddy Shilpa Reddy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to One of the causes for such patches is oral thrush, but since antifungal medication like, Nystatin is not helping, it looks like a vitamin C deficiency in the diet. The daily recommended dose is 100 to 200 mg per day, easily attainable by diet, and does not require an...  Read Full »

Why is my sore throat not getting better for more than two weeks?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 36-year-old male with a weight of 189.59 lb and a height of five feet eleven inches. I have a sore throat for more than two weeks. But I am taking antibiotics for seven days. I do not have any relief. I feel like something is stuck in my throat. I have a mild headache without fever...  Read Full »

Dr. Bruce Eric Hudkins

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If your condition gets worse with antibiotics, then you can have a likely cause of thrush. It is a yeast infection affecting the throat after taking antibiotics and steroid treatment. You can take Fluconazole 150 mg daily for ten days. You can also take Clindamycin 450 ...  Read Full »

My tonsils are swollen and covered with white layer. What could this be?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 29-year-old female, 250 lbs. I do not smoke or drink. Tonight while looking at my throat, I discovered my right tonsil is swollen, lumpy, and covered in a thick, white layer of skin. Upon initial inspection, I mistook these white patches for tonsil stones, but they are not. The...  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. According to your statement, your right tonsil is swollen, lumpy and covered in a white, thick layer of skin. White spots on the tonsils usually indicate an infection. Infections may be due to bacteria, fungus or viruses. Strep throat ...  Read Full »

I have a recurring smooth patch on my tongue. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a wisdom tooth pulled four months back. A month later, I developed a smooth patch on the tongue that would heal and come right back in the same spot. I have never drunk, or smoke, and no family history of oral cancer. I am really scared it keeps coming back. There is no pain, jus...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have seen the picture you have attached along with the complaint (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The smooth patch on your tongue does not seem to be caused by the wisdom tooth extraction. Basically, your tongue is not in a normal appearance. It has t...  Read Full »

I have pimples on the back of my tongue. What are they?

Query: Hello doctor,I have noticed some pimples on the back of my tongue for almost a month. I thought they would go away on their own, but they have not. I tried gargling with salt water. I have a sore throat at times, and I also have halitosis. I have tried brushing my tongue, but the white substance for...  Read Full »

Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. Those bumps are enlarged circumvallate papillae. They can be due to a number of causes, such as oral infections, acid reflux, throat infections, post-nasal drip, etc. Halitosis can occur due to a number of causes, including poor oral hygiene, o...  Read Full »

I am pregnant and worried about getting HIV. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a pregnant woman. I am very much worried about HIV. Because my tongue skin is getting peeled off and my armpit lumps are painful. I did not test for HIV yet. If it is positive, then should I have to abort my baby or can I safely deliver a baby? I am in a big depression now.  Read Full »

Dr. Anshul Varshney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, I would like to know why you are suspecting HIV in yourself. If you had a high-risk exposure, you should simply get a test done. If you suspect HIV based on your symptoms, it's important to note that these symptoms are non-specific and do not necessarily in...  Read Full »

I have a growing yellowish-white patch in throat. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a white and yellowish circular patch at the back of my throat. I thought it could be due to a throat infection, and it has not healed. It is not hard or raised like a tonsil stone like an enclosed area of puss. I am concerned about its increase in size. Kindly help.Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Chibitam Hope Obia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The white, yellowish circular patch at the back of your throat can be due to oral candidiasis. I suggest you follow the below-mentioned instructions. Get a throat swab test done. Take a tablet of Prednisone 4mg orally twice daily. Take a...  Read Full »

I have pain while swallowing and spots on my tonsils. Should I seek urgent medical attention?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been showing obvious signs of thrush after heavily using an inhaler during a cough. I had been taking Nystatin but had a minor allergic reaction (a couple of hives) and was directed to discontinue. Since then, I have noticed spots on my tonsils. Now swallowing feels like I am tryin...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. Throat infection after inhaler usage is a common complication. The white spots on the tonsils can be fungal or bacterial infections. I suggest you do the following: 1. Take Hexidine (chlorhexidine) gargles. 2. Apply candid mo...  Read Full »

I have a white tongue with red patches, blisters, and other symptoms. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a white tongue with a red patch in the middle and there is the presence of grey blisters. It hurts while eating and swallowing. It has been six days and still, I have a fever, blisters on the roof of my mouth, and swollen labia in my vaginal region. Last week, I noticed a gree...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am here to provide expert opinion on your medical issues. It sounds like you may be experiencing some concerning symptoms that require medical attention. The combination of a white tongue with red patches and blisters, painful swallowing, ongoing fever, blist...  Read Full »

What could be the cluster white spots on tongue which do not look like ulcers?

Query: Hello doctor, I have noticed a cluster of white spots on my tongue. I do not believe they to be ulcers as I have had them before in the past. They do not hurt and I feel no pain. I am worried that it might be something more serious. Can you confirm what it might be?  Read Full »

Dr. Pooja Pardhi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your query and can understand your health concern. I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). As you have mentioned that you had it before also and there is no pain. I think it is either some infection like a fungal i...  Read Full »

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