Also known as "Oral Thrush", Acute Oral Candidiasis, is an infection caused by a fungus: Candida albicans.
This fungus usually resides in our mouth in harmony with us. However, in some situations it can become a problem.
The most frequent situations that lead to a Candida infection are:
- Effect of a medication (for example an inhaled corticosteroid for asthma)
- Effect of an antibiotic that we are taking for another reason
- Low immunity
This condition is mainly manifest in two ways:
1- White pseudomembranes, which detach from the oral mucosa
2- Erythema (redness) of the oral mucosa, associated with pain and burning
It must be diagnosed and treated, to prevent it from spreading to the throat and oesophagus, and prevent it from becoming a chronic infection of the mouth.
If you think you may have Oral Candidiasis, or if you have any questions, do not hesitate to make an appointment with our specialist in Oral Medicine.