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A Candida albicans fungus infection of the mouth or vagina that causes white plaques and a painful inflammatory zone around each lesion. It is common in bottle-fed infants, debilitated elderly people, and anyone with a compromised immune system, as in HIV/AIDS. Infant thrush usually resolves without specific treatment. Antifungal mouthwash or lozenges relieve adults, but if the condition is a complication of HIV infection it tends to be indolent and to resist treatment.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.

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