There are several factors
that can increase your risk of developing
- Newborns and infants don't have fully
immune systems, which increases their risk of
developing infections, including thrush.
- Newborns are also in the
process of developing a healthy balance of bacteria and fungi in their mouths.
If this balance is upset, the child may develop thrush.
adults, especially those who have serious health problems, are more likely to
develop thrush because their immune systems are likely to be weaker.
- The yeast that causes thrush can be spread by
- Heavy smoking can lower the body's ability to fight off
infections, making thrush more likely to develop.
- False teeth (dentures), braces, or a retainer
that irritates the mouth make it hard to keep the mouth clean and can increase
your risk of developing thrush. An unclean mouth is more likely to develop
thrush than is a clean mouth.
- People with a
weakened immune system, such as those who have
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or who are having
chemotherapy treatments, have an increased risk for developing thrush.
Medicines that can let the thrush
yeast to grow uncontrolled include:
Exposure over time to certain
environmental chemicals, such as benzene and pesticides, can weaken the body's
immune system, increasing your risk for developing infections, including
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