Thrush - What Increases Your Risk
There are several things
that can increase your risk for getting
- Newborns and infants don't have fully
immune systems, which increases their risk of
developing infections, including thrush.
- Newborns are also in the
process of developing a healthy balance of bacteria and fungi in their mouths.
If this balance is upset, the child may develop thrush.
adults, especially those who have serious health problems, are more likely to
develop thrush, because their immune systems are likely to be weaker.
- The yeast that causes thrush can be spread by
- Heavy smoking can lower the body's ability to fight off
infections, making thrush more likely to develop.
- False teeth (dentures), braces, or a retainer
that irritates the mouth make it hard to keep the mouth clean and can increase
your risk for thrush. An unclean mouth is more likely to develop
thrush than is a clean mouth.
- People with a
weakened immune system, such as those who have
human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or who are having
chemotherapy treatments, have an increased risk for thrush.
- Having a dry mouth (xerostomia) can lead to
thrush. Dry mouth can result from overuse of mouthwashes or from certain
conditions such as
- Pregnancy increases
your risk for thrush. Hormone changes during pregnancy can lead to thrush by changing the balance of bacteria in the mouth.
Medicines that can cause thrush
yeast to grow uncontrolled include:
- Antibiotics, especially those that kill a
wide range of organisms (broad-spectrum antibiotics), such as
- Birth control pills (oral
- Medicines that weaken the body's immune system,
Exposure over time to certain
environmental chemicals, such as benzene and some pesticides, can weaken the body's
immune system, increasing your risk for infections, including