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Is this thrush or dead cells

Sam999
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I have white tongue and tried nystatin that did noy help. Doc has given another tablet that i have to melt in my mouth. That seems to haver reduced it a bit.

Does thrush hurt? My tongue is not hurting at all. I am wondering if this is thrush or not. I have doc appt in two days so will know more.

But my throat hurts and i also have white mucous instead of yellowish. Mucus is not much but it is there. Does white mucus indicate thrush?

Thanks,
Sam

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blackswampboy
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yes, thrush hurts.
as far as I know, mucous is not a symptom of thrush.

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Laralyn
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I had a thick white coating on my tongue that wouldn't go away, even with brushing. It was there at the end of treatment, and it lasted until just a couple days ago (so about 8 weeks). Finally I noticed that when I brushed my tongue, it was starting to go away. It finally mostly disappeared very recently. My doctor said it wasn't thrush, but was likely either dehydration, dead cells, or a combination of both.

I also have a coating of white dead cells on my gums every couple days, so I'm still reacting to either the radiation or the chemo even at 8 weeks out!

Hope this helps. :-)

boardwalkgirl
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Joined: Jun 2012

Can't really help you on this one. Radiation and Oncology disagreed last week on whether I had thrush or not. Oncology thought so, Radiation thought it was just mucositis. Oncology presribed Fluconazole Susp so I am taking it just to be on the safe side and my mouth is better?? I had the skin peeling off the roof of my mouth last week, that was pretty gross.

Sam999
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Laralyn,

Even mine does not go away even if i rub the tongue with a gauze pad. My tongue is still not too good so i cannot clean it every day.

If it is thrush, do you know if the tongue hurts? My throat is till sore and hurts, i am still mainly liquid diet at 6 weeks out! I dont see any white stuff anywhere except tongue.

Thanks,
Sam

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hwt
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I had thrush 3 times and every time my tongue burned really really bad

Sam999
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Boardwalkgirl,

Did using the medicine helping you? If the docs cannot decide, it seems it is not easy to decide if thrush or not. I am also using medicine but dont think it is helping much.

Thanks,
Sam

boardwalkgirl
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My tongue was feeling better, today I noticed a couple of new sores on the under side but the top is definitely better after taking the medicine.

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phrannie51
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since this "coating" isn't painful, I doubt it is thrush. When I get these mouth sores, the mucous increases in my mouth and it is white....you may have sores in your throat since it is sore, and may increase the mucous prodution in your mouth.

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Spazactaz
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I also have this white/yellow coating all over. The dentist thought it was thrush, the doctor wasn't sure. I was first on Nystatin for a few months... to prevent it, but it came near the end of the 2nd month after starting radiation. Then the doctor tried fluconazole, plus some herpes pills? which cost me $400.. ugh! of course neither helped and i still have this. but it doesn't hurt.. so nobody knows what's going on.

Sam999
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Based on input from everyone it does not look like thrush, i hope it does goes away soon.

I have doc apt this thrursday, will update on what doc says.

Thnks
Sam

Sam999
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Doc said it is not thrush. She said it is some dead cells and will go away on their own.

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