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How Does Oral Thrush Spread

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Candidiasis (Thrush)

The Bottom Line Candidiasis is a very common yeast (fungal) infection. The fungus normally lives in the body. It cannot be eliminated. The best way to avoid an outbreak of candidiasis is to strengthen your immune system by taking antiretroviral medications (ARVs). Most candida infections are easily treated with local therapies. In people with weakened immune systems, these infections become more persistent. Systemic anti-fungal drugs can be...
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can vaginal thrush lead to oral thrush?

Doctor, I'm scared. I have had a yeast infection (vaginal) for over 6 years. It didn't itch, so I didn't bother much about it. I tried to get rid of it twice - very far apart - but both times it came back. I now have flat red...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
Vaginal candidiasis is a common condition in the immunocompetent (HIV-) population. There are very effective therapies available for management of this condition. For people who have recurrent infections, there are ways of preventing recurrence. My... Read more »

THRUSH

Will oral thrush clear up without treatment? Will it spread or worsen if left untreated? How long does it typically last?...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
With HIV infection, it depends on the degree of immune suppression. It usually does not go away on it's own. The lower the CD4 count, the higher the likelihood it can spread. It can last for days to weeks.... Read more »

Is it thrush or not????

For the past six or seven months I have had a thick white coating on the back of my tongue along with a thin film that I have to wipe out of my mouth daily or it will make its way onto my lips where it is very noticeable. I went to two different...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Response from David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

Grady Health System
The most important comment I can make here is that casual contact, such as sharing drinking glasses, eating utensils, kissing, etc are not means by which HIV can be spread.Second, the symptoms you have described do not sound like thrush... Read more »

Fluconazole dosage for thrush?

Hello, and thanks for the forum. I hope this question is in the right place. My partner was diagnosed two weeks ago with advanced HIV, CD4 of 60 and a "high" viral load (percentage wasn't provided to us). Daily Bactrim double...
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello, thanks for your post and questions.1) The fluconazole dose is entirely acceptable. Depending on the patient and circumstances, 100-200 mg once-daily of fluconazole is typically adequate. The duration of treatment seems a little short... Read more »
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Q about oral thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I was wondering if some of the experts could give me some info. Is oral thrush painful? I came down with a bad throat infection a couple of days ago. Having a hard time swallowing and both my nodes are swollen and painful in my neck. Upon further... Read more »

Oral Thrush and HIV?

Posted by phillyeagles, 2 Replies
I am wondering how prevalent oral thrush is as an acute HIV symptom. I have read differing opinions online where some say oral thrush is a common symptom, and others say that it takes awhile for the immune system to break down to the point where... Read more »

oral thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have oral thrush 10 days after a potential exposure. Is this a symptom of hiv? Read more »

Oral Thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
Is a white pasty coating on your tongue thrush? Any deffinite way to tell for sure? Read more »