Thrush can be a
mild infection that causes no symptoms. If symptoms develop, they may include
Symptoms of thrush in an infant may
- White patches inside the mouth and on
the tongue that look like cottage cheese or milk curds. Thrush is often
mistaken for milk or formula. The patches stick to the mouth and tongue and
cannot be easily wiped away. When rubbed, the patches may bleed.
sore mouth and tongue and/or difficulty swallowing.
- Poor appetite.
The infant may refuse to eat, which can be mistaken for lack of hunger or poor
milk supply. If the infant is unable to eat because of a sore mouth or throat,
he or she may act fussy.
- Diaper rash, which may develop because the
yeast that causes thrush also will be in the baby's stool.
Symptoms of thrush in an adult may
- A burning feeling in the mouth and throat (at
the start of a thrush infection).
- White patches that stick to the
mouth and tongue. The tissue around the patches may be red, raw, and painful.
If rubbed (during tooth brushing, for example), the patches and the tissue of
the mouth may bleed easily.
- A bad taste in the mouth or difficulty
tasting foods. Some adults say they feel like they have cotton in their
A breast-feeding mother may get a yeast infection of her
nipples if her baby has thrush. This can cause sore, red nipples. She may also
have a severe burning pain in the nipples during and after breast-feeding. But
her baby may not have any symptoms.
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