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Thrush refers to a yeast infection inside the mouth.
Oral thrush is an infection caused by a common type of yeast or fungus called Candida albicans , which is naturally present in the organism. Candida albicans can be found in a variety of areas throughout the body including the mouth, gastrointestinal track, skin and vagina. When the delicate balance between yeasts and other bacteria in these environments is maintained, there is no issue. However, certain conditions can upset the natural balance of the flora, causing fungus to develop, multiply and grow uncontrollably. This can cause certain problems, depending on where the imbalance occurs. For example, vaginitis or diaper rash in infants can be caused by Candida albicans . When the symptoms appear in the mouth or throat, it is referred to as oral thrush.
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