Oral thrush is usually harmless. It's common in babies and older people with dentures. It can be easily treated with medicines bought from a pharmacy.
Other symptoms in adults are:
Oral thrush in adults is not contagious.
Other symptoms in babies are:
Babies can pass oral thrush on through breastfeeding. This can cause nipple thrush in mothers.
Look at other causes of a white or sore tongue.
Oral thrush can be easily treated with a mouth gel bought from a pharmacy. The gel is suitable for adults, children and babies over the age of 4 months.
Ask your pharmacist for advice. Always follow the instructions on the medicine packet.
If you leave oral thrush untreated, the infection can spread to other parts of the body.
Thrush is an infection caused by a fungus called Candida. Some things can make the fungus grow more than usual.
You might get thrush if you're:
There are some things you can do to help prevent oral thrush:
take care of your teeth: brush twice a day, clean your dentures, and go for regular check-ups even if you have dentures
brush your gums and tongue with a soft toothbrush if you do not have any teeth
sterilise dummies regularly
sterilise bottles after each use
rinse your mouth after eating or taking medicine
go to regular check-ups if you have a long-term condition like diabetes
do not wear your dentures at night
do not keep wearing dentures if they do not fit properly – see your dentist
do not smoke