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Who Gets Oral Candidiasis?

Candida infections of the mouth and throat are uncommon among adults who are otherwise healthy. Oral thrush occurs most frequently among babies less than one month old, the elderly, and groups of people with weakened immune systems. Other factors associated with oral and esophageal candidiasis include:

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Cancer treatments
  • Organ transplantation
  • Diabetes
  • Corticosteroid use
  • Dentures
  • Broad-spectrum antibiotic use

How Can I Prevent Oral Candidiasis?

Good oral hygiene practices may help to prevent oral thrush in people with weakened immune systems. Some studies have shown that chlorhexidine (CHX) mouthwash can help to prevent oral candidiasis in people undergoing cancer treatment. People who use inhaled corticosteroids may be able to reduce the risk of developing thrush by washing out the mouth with water or mouthwash after using an inhaler.

 
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