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Oral candidiasis - Definition


Oral candidiasis is an infection of the oral mucosa by a fungus, candida of which the most frequently encountered in human pathology is candida albicans. This is a very common fungal infection and immunocompromised individuals are more affected by candidiasis than the rest of the population. In infants, it often affects the oral cavity and is characterized by small white spots mainly deposited on the tongue which can interfere with food intake: this innocuous form is called thrush. Antifungals, act on the fungi and cure this candidiasis.