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How is thrush treated?

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A topical, antifungal mouthwash or an orally or intravenously administered antifungal medicine treats thrush. The name "thrush" refers to an infection caused by the Candida yeast growing out of control in the mouth or throat, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Normally, Candida yeast lives on the skin and mucous membranes of the body, causing problems only when it grows out of control, a condition called Candidiasis, explains the CDC. Candidiasis can occur in multiple locations on the body but occurs often in the genitals, where it commonly receives the diagnosis of "yeast infection." Treatment for these instances of Candidiasis is the same, involving a topical or oral antifungal medicine.

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