SYMPTOMS: This is a fungal infection. It presents as
white, curd-like patches stuck to the inside of the cheeks,
lips and tongue that cannot be removed easily. They must be differentiated from the normal white coating of the
tongue and whiteness of gums, or a white pinpoint spot on the
palate (roof of the mouth) in newborn babies.
Thrush can also be seen with a red diaper rash that
persists despite treatment. A breastfeeding mother can also get
it on her nipples, which can become quite sore. The fungus is
the same in all these cases.
SOURCE OF INFECTION: If the mother has vaginal thrush, the newborn baby can develop it
in his mouth
during his birth. Prolonged use of antibiotics can also be
responsible. Patients with AIDS also get such infections off and on.
TREATMENT: Your doctor will advise a local application which must be continued for 2
weeks, even if the thrush seems to clear within 2 to 3 days.
7 March, 2016