Adult Tongue Fungus?
At noon, my father was hospitalized and was diagnosed with fungus on his tongue. Then the hospital doctor said that n “adults should not be able to get tongue fungus (white tongue) because there is already an immune system that is owned by adults. Cases like this should happen in children ” n nthen the doctor continued n n “if it occurs in adults then there is an unusual cause that causes fungus to grow on the tongue of adults, we will do a further examination of the cause ” n nMy questions: n1. Is it true that the doctor’s statement about white tongue only allows for small children? n n2. If so, what is the most common cause of white tongue in adults? n nThank you for your time🙏
Hello Erdinanda, thank you for the question for HealthReplies.com
In general, mushrooms will not grow in the mouth if a person has a good immune system. Fungi in the mouth are more common in children because children (especially infants) have a poor immune system, but that does not mean it is impossible to find in adults. As your father's doctor said, the fungus in the mouth of adults generally appears in conditions where the immune system weakens. The following are some of the things that can cause mold to grow in the mouth:
There are certain diseases that cause a weakening of the immune system, such as HIV, diabetes, cancer, etc. Using certain drugs regularly, such as long-term high-dose corticosteroids, immunosuppressants (drugs that suppress the immune system) Using steroid sprays, eg use of steroid inhalers in patients with asthma. Patients on chemotherapy for cancer. People who are not good at maintaining oral hygiene
You can ask directly to the doctor who treated your father about what tests to do on your father for more details. For now, you can help to keep your father's mouth clean. Suggest or help your father brush his teeth 2 times a day, clean and rub his tongue, roof of the mouth, and the inside of his cheeks with a towel soaked in warm water.
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