Thrush

June 1, 2007

Oral candidiasis, or thrush, is not uncommon in elderly persons. It can be related to poor dentition or immunosuppression, particularly as a result of oral corticosteroid use.

Cutaneous CandidiasisOral CandidiasisPerlche Erosio Interdigitalis BlastomyceticaOnychomycosisTinea PedisTinea CorporisTinea ManuumFungal Folliculitis

 

 

 


Figure –

The white plaque on this patient's tongue can be easily removed to reveal underlying erythema. This finding is characteristic of thrush.

Oral Candidiasis

Oral candidiasis, or thrush, is not uncommon in elderly persons. It can be related to poor dentition or immunosuppression, particularly as a result of oral corticosteroid use. Thrush appears as white plaques that overlie areas of erythema on the buccal, palatal, or oropharyngeal mucosa (Figure). In most patients, the white film can be easily removed, which may reveal small ulcerations.

 

 

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