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Lisa Fayed

And You Thought Only Infants Get Thrush... Another Unexpected Chemo Side Effect

By January 31, 2013

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Most people undergoing chemotherapy come to expect certain side effects of treatment -- hair loss, stomach upset, and sometimes weight loss.  But, when white/yellow patches begin to develop in the mouth or on the tongue, it can come as a total surprise. I have had many people say, "I thought babies only get thrush". While its most common in infants, thrush can occur in people with compromised immune systems, such as those undergoing chemotherapy.  During treatment, the immune system has a hard time regulating fungus that is naturally found in the mouth. The result is overgrowth. Learn more about oral thrush during chemo and what you can do about it.

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