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The oral yeast infection that occurs in the mouth and throat is known as Moniliasis or thrush. Patients would experience problems while eating and swallowing and in moving their tongue. The affected area could be itchy and in some cases red with light bleeding.
HOW IS MONILIASIS DIAGNOSED?
Diagnosis of Moniliasis is done through physical examination and evaluation of symptoms by a general physician. The doctor may ask about recently consumed food and medications. A tissue from the affected areas shows yeast when examined under a microscope. Other tests are done to rule out HIV infection and other chronic diseases causing Moniliasis.
HOW IS MONILIASIS TREATED?
Medications prescribed to patients with moniliasis are usually anti-fungal such as clotrimazole and nystatin. Dietary restrictions would be advised due to infections in the mouth.
DID YOU KNOW?
Moniliasis is a very common kind of oral fungal infection but is highly contagious and during this period it is advised not to share food, utensils or even kiss others, especially younger children.