5 Symptoms Of Oral Candiasis

Written By: Michelle Rivers

Candida is a fungus found in many parts of our body. An overgrowth of this fungus results in infection in various parts like skin, mouth and genitalia.

When this fungus attacks your mouth, it is called as Oral Candiasis or thrush or yeast infection.Oral yeast infection

While this infection is painful everywhere, where it occurs, oral thrush can be especially appalling.

It can occur in any individual of any age, but is more commonly seen in toddlers, babies and older people.

People suffering from diseases that harm the immune system, like AIDS, Cancer and diabetes are more likely to get this infection.

There are different types of oral candiasis, and the symptoms vary from one type to another.

Most common are Angular cheilitis, median rhomboid glossitis, denture related stomatitis and steroid or antibiotic induced stomatitis.


Oral Candiasis Signs and Symptoms


1. White creamy lesions

symptoms of oral thrush.

Cottony, creamy white lesions appear on the top of your tongue

and also along inner cheek, tonsils, gums and along the roof of your mouth.

There is continuous feeling of cotton in your mouth and you don't feel the skin beneath.

These are the first symptoms of candida infection and can occur all of a sudden and remain for long period of time depending upon the type of infection.


In most cases, infection is not painful, at least in the beginning. However, as the severity of the infection increases, it can gradually become more painful.

Some candida infections are more painful than others.

For example, pseudomembranous cadiasis is quite painful and mostly occurs in people with low immunity like older people and HIV, cancer and diabetic patients.

While on the other hand median rhomboid stomatitis is only rarely painful.


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2. Loss of taste

How would you feel when there is cotton stuffed in your mouth?

Almost the same is felt in case of oral thrush.

Since there is a continuous covering of fungal growth on skin, taste buds no longer come in contact with the food.

This renders the food tasteless. So, you lose your sense of taste.


3. Cracking, redness and bleeding

Oral candiasis can be accompanied with cracking and redness of the skin,

especially corners of the mouth in case of angular cheilitis.

In people who wear dentures, this symptom is more common.

The skin cracks at certain places and becomes red.



 It can be quite painful and uncomfortable. You can encounter minor bleeding if you try to scrape or run your lesions.

These lesions are embedded deep in the tissue and removing them exposes the damaged tissues resulting into bleeding.

In acute oral candiasis infections, like pseudomembranous candiasis,

bleeding can be more common.


4. Problem in swallowing and chewing food

Candida infection can make it extremely difficult to swallow your food.

Sometimes it hurts so much that people start avoiding meals.

Even drinking of water can seem a tough task and as a result, your mouth becomes dehydrated, adding further to your woes.


5. In breast feeding mothers

It is not always the mother who passes on any infection to her kid while breastfeeding.

Sometimes child can also pass on the infection to his/her mother, as is the case with oral candiasis.

The symptoms might include areola becoming flaky or shiny, pain during nursing, sore nipples and pain in breasts.

Spread of infection The infection from your mouth can further spread to esophagus and stomach complicating the problems.

Candida can even move from your oral cavity to your throat and lungs causing further complications.

The symptoms might include fever and continuous feeling of something being stuck in your throat.

This condition needs immediate medical attention.

Candida infection can be triggered by anything starting from diseases to pregnancy or over use of antibiotics and even birth control pills.

If you happen to have any of the above mentioned symptoms, take it seriously and start yeast infection treatment immediately.

Several effective over the counter medications are available that can be used for this purpose.

If you do not get relief, do not hesitate to visit your doctor before the situation gets out of your hand.

You should try to maintain your hygiene, keep your mouth clean and boost your immune system to be able to fight the infection.

 And better still, from developing any infection altogether.



Michelle Rivers is the founder of yeastinfectionnaturaltreatmenthq.com. You can find her on Google+ . Over the last 5 years Michelle has dedicated herself to helping out others who are fighting to get rid of their Candidiasis yeast infection with tips, resources and helpful information.


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