What is Oral Thrush

Oral thrush is an infection in the mouth and/or the upper part of the throat (called the “pharynx”) caused by yeast. People have a number of different yeasts that live on the skin and in different parts of their bodies, and when their immune systems go out of balance due to illness or due to the medications they take, it can cause oral thrush. Oral thrush can have a negative effect on a person’s quality of life, causing painful spots in the mouth that can make it difficult to eat, swallow, or talk. When a person experiences the signs and symptoms of oral thrush, it is important that they speak with a physician to get the right treatment.