Is oral thrush contagious?

June 18th, 2014 by Emily

Question: Is oral thrush contagious?
I had my wisdom teeth taken out on friday the 6th. And now I think that I could possibly be developing oral thrush. Im not positive, but im not really sure what else it could be. Whatever it is is not severe, it is only on my tongue. It is sort of a grayish white color, and it looks sort of like carpet. Its more concentrated around the center line of my tongue. It doesn’t injured at all. I have done a tiny research and nearly each sight I have looked at is somewhat different than the last. I am on an antibiotic, which from what I have read is one of the causes of thrush. I started noticing it last night when I got home. I kissed my boyfriend on the lips last night and I want to make sure he wont get it. We weren’t making out, it was just a good bye kiss. From what I have read, and I don’t know if it is true or not, thrush is only contagious if the mortal comes in contact with the fungi… He didn’t come in contact with it. But if I do happen to have it, and if it is contagious, will he get it?

Best answer:

Answer by RangerOfTheNorth
First of all, it’s not contagious. Oral thrush or Candida is the result of overgrowth of yeast cells in the mouth or other body areas (like intestines, vagina, and others…usually a result of pH imbalance or immune disorder (like HiV). Men can get it too, usually in the form of “jock itch” due to poor cleaning after exercise or bad hygiene.

It also occurs frequently after long use of antibiotics, which kill off competing bacteria and grant the yeast to flourish.

The best thing to do is to replace the bacteria with yogurt (intestinal) or capsules. Look for “Lactobacillus”, a kind of good bacteria you should have in your digestive tract anyway.

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