Thrush

  • Alternative Names

    Candidiasis - oral; Oral thrush; Fungal infection - mouth; Candide - oral


    Prevention

    If you have frequent outbreaks of thrush, your doctor may recommend taking antifungal medication on a regular basis to avoid recurrent infections.

    If an infant with thrush is breastfeeding, talk to your doctor about ways to prevent future infections, such as an antifungal medication. Sterilize or discard any pacifiers. For bottle-fed babies with thrush, discard the nipples and buy new ones as the baby's mouth begins to clear.

    To prevent spread of HIV infection, follow safe sex practices and universal precautions when working with blood products.


    References

    Kauffman CA. Candidiasis. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Textbook of Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders; 2007:chap 359.