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Old 02-19-2011, 05:18 AM   #1
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is oral thrush contagious please help

hi i went to the doctors a few weeks ago to see about my tongue because it had a white coating over it and he said it was oral thrush from some medication i was on (and am still on) and it was nothing to worry about, he did not give me anything for it he just left it at that, now in a couple of weeks my girlfriend should be coming round mine to stay for a week and she is going to want to kiss me and all that, this has had me worrying if my oral thrush is contagious in anyway (even sexual) and is there a possibility if she could get it from me. please help

 
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Re: is oral thrush contagious please help

Is the medication you're on an antibiotic?

 
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Re: is oral thrush contagious please help

Yes, it is slightly contagious. No open-mouth kissing, don't have oral sex.

Still, healthy adults don't normally get oral thrush unless they are on antibiotics or have a compromised immune system, so unless you are VERY intimate, it's not likely that she will catch it.

 
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Re: is oral thrush contagious please help

What I don't understand is that if thrush is a symptom of an over growth of yeast/fungus in the body, how is it that it can be contagious? What exactly is getting transfered to another? More fungus, something we all have in our bodies anyway?

 
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Re: is oral thrush contagious please help

Exactly, more of the yeast.

Yes, it's present everywhere, which is why thrush isn't terribly contagious. If your immune system is in balance, you probably won't get sick from touching a few of them. But if you have a lot of intimate contact with the part of someone's body where the yeast infection is, you may develop a yeast infection of your own, just because there are so MANY yeast. With, say, the flu, a normal healthy person can get sick from contact with just a small amount of virus, which makes it more contagious.

Examples: During birth, if a mother has a yeast infection, the baby may develop thrush. If a woman has a yeast infection, her partner may develop one also. During nursing, a baby with thrush can infect his mother with a yeast infection of the nipple. Then mother and baby can pass it back and forth unless both are treated at the same time.

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