Oral Thrush (Mouth Thrush)

Illness and Health Conditions

Oral thrush (mouth thrush)

Oral thrush is usually harmless. It's common in babies and older people with dentures. It can be easily treated with medicines bought from a pharmacy.

Symptoms in adults are: 

  • Cracks at the corners of the mouth
  • Not tasting things properly
  • An unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Pain inside the mouth (for example, a sore tongue or sore gums)
  • Difficulty eating and drinking
  • Oral thrush in adults is not contagious.


Symptoms in babies are:

  • They do not want to feed
  • Nappy rash
  • Babies can occasionally pass oral thrush on through breastfeeding. This can cause nipple thrush in mothers.

Photographs of oral thrush, can be seen on the NHS website in the useful links section.   


Useful links:

Oral Thrush - NHS

Illness and Health Conditions