There are two types of thrush. Oral thrush occurs in the mouth and vaginal thrush occurs in the vagina. Another common term for thrush is a yeast infection. The elderly, babies and women are general candidates for thrush.
Oral thrush is not contagious. In infants, oral thrush often lasts approximately two weeks. A case lasting longer than two weeks should be seen by a doctor.
Candida is the fungus which causes these yeast infections. Believe it or not, everyone has a trace amount of the fungus living in their mouths. Your immune system keeps the fungus under control and from spreading.
Oral thrush forms on the tongue and in the mouth. Oral thrush is white in color. Another symptom of oral thrush includes lesions. Oral thrush lesions may increase in size over a period of time and your mouth or tongue may bleed easily.