• Alternative Names

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


    Thrush appears as whitish, velvety lesions in the mouth and on the tongue. Underneath the whitish material, there is red tissue that may bleed easily. The lesions can slowly increase in number and size.

    Signs and tests

    Your doctor or dentist can almost always diagnose thrush by looking at your mouth and tongue. These fungal lesions have a distinct appearance. If not entirely clear, one of the following tests may be performed to look for the Candida organisms:

    • Microscopic examination of mouth scrapings
    • Culture of mouth lesions