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Oral thrush (mouth thrush)

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Oral thrush is a fungal mouth infection that causes white spots or patches in your mouth.

Symptoms of oral thrush include white spots or patches on your tongue, cheeks, gums and throat.

Oral thrush is usually treated with an antifungal mouth gel. See a GP if your baby is under 4 months and has signs of oral thrush.

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Symptoms of oral thrush include white spots or patches on your tongue, cheeks, gums and throat.

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Adults

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Your mouth is red inside and you have white patches.

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When you wipe off the white patches, they leave red spots that can bleed.

Other symptoms in adults are:

Oral thrush in adults is not contagious.

Babies

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A white coating on the tongue like cottage cheese – this can't be rubbed off easily.

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Sometimes there are white spots in their mouth.

Other symptoms in babies are:

Babies can pass oral thrush on through breastfeeding. This can cause nipple thrush in mothers.

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Oral thrush is usually treated with an antifungal mouth gel. See a GP if your baby is under 4 months and has signs of oral thrush.

Medical treatments

Oral thrush can be easily treated with a mouth gel bought from a pharmacy. Treatment usually lasts at least 7 days.

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.

Read more on the NHS website.