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Thrush in the mouth

Thrush in the mouth, with close-up of thrush on tongue and inside of cheek

Thrush is a common infection of the mouth and tongue caused by the yeast Candida albicans. Thrush appears as white patches that look like cottage cheese or milk curds. When the patches are wiped away, the surface looks red and raw and may bleed.

Current as of: February 10, 2021

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review:

John Pope MD - Pediatrics

Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine

Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine

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