The Body: Rick Sowadsky M.S.P.H., C.D.S, Answers to Safe Sex Questions
Jan 18, 1997
For the last three weeks or so I have been experiencing a sore mouth. I have read various articles about candidia, and frankly I am up in the air because there are so many different and conflicting published comments. I do have a whittish covering on the roof of my mouth but it can not be removed. In addition, just behind my front teeth I have some bumps on the roof of my mouth. They get sore when i eat very hot foods, but i have always been susectable to burning Does this sound like thrush?? Is there anything other than HIV that causes Thrush? thanks,
| Response from Mr. Sowadsky
Hi. Thank you for your question.
Thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth. It is also known as oral candidiasis. Thrush in adults occurs when the immune system is not functioning properly. It is not unusual for children to get thrush in their mouth, but thrush in an adult indicates a problem with the immune system. This could be due to HIV or other causes. Thrush appears as a thick cheesy coating in the mouth that can be scrapped off. Only a doctor or a dentist can diagnose thrush. If you think you have thrush or other abnormal mouth problems, please see your doctor or dentist.
If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact the Centers for Disease Control at 1.800.232.4636 (Nationwide).
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