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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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dry mouth,thrush,PCP and anxiety

Dear Doctor:I heard that dry mouth is common in people having HIV(I don't mean under medications). I was wondering it happens at the early stage or late stage and if it is because HIV people have thrush. Is dry mouth the first step to develop...
David A. Reznik, D.D.S.

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

Grady Health System
Dry mouth or xerostomia is a symptom of HIV infection but not something that would be used as a diagnostic tool. There are many reasons why a person can present with dry mouth including some of those you mention, i.e. anxiety. Every time I lecture... Read more »

Thrush In Mouth

Keith,I have been on atripla for 4 years now and have a CD4 count of over 700+ and a viral load of below 20.A few months ago I had a bad cold and sore throat which took a few weeks to clear, and had to have antibiotics to help clear it - since then...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
An evaluation by your HIV specialist and/or ENT specialist is recommended including a swab to see if candida can be identified from oral lesions. Use of antibiotics can lead to yeast overgrowth in some patients even with a decent CD4 count (can... Read more »

Please Reply: Kissing someone with sore throat and thrush

Dear Dr. Wohl,I hope that I can get your reply. Last weekend, I deep kissed a girl whose status is unknown. The kiss (tongue to tongue) only lasted for a few seconds but she later told me that she had sore throat and thrush on that day and I just...
David Wohl, M.D.

Response from David Wohl, M.D.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
No risk with kissing at all, Ardi. Kiss all you want with abandon and no worries.DW... Read more »

Is thrush in the mouth contagious to a kisssing partner?

Is thrush of the mouth contagious to a kissing partner? I have been taking lozenges by prescription to be complete in 10 days....
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hi,Nope. Thrush is "opportunistic," not contagious. It takes the "opportunity" of someone's immune system being deficient or suppressed to manifest itself.Dr. Bob... Read more »
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throat thrush

Posted by Anonymous
is it likely to have thrush in the esophagus with never having it in the mouth, first? anyone know what the symptoms are for this throat infection?

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Dry Mouth, Thrush?

Posted by TheTyger, 3 Replies
One of the symptoms I experienced was a dry mouth lacking in saliva. My mouth felt kind of sticky and burning. Was this thrush? Or is thrush mainly a bunch of white stuff that resembles cottage cheese on the tongue? Could this have been an oral... Read more »

candida/thrush in my throat

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
i've had a sore throat for 4 weeks now. swollen tonsil for about 2-3 weeks. it all started with a little white spot on my tonsil in the "crypts". i have had bad acid reflux a few mornings when i wake up. no chest pain though. i hope it is due to... Read more »

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 »