You're likely to start by seeing your family doctor or pediatrician. However, if you have an underlying condition that's contributing to the problem, you may then be referred to a specialist for treatment.
Here's some information to help you get ready for your appointment.
What you can do
- Make a list of any symptoms, including any that may seem unrelated to the reason for the appointment.
- Make a list of all medications, vitamins or other supplements you're taking, including the dosages. Also, let your doctor know if you've recently used antibiotics or if you take oral or inhaled corticosteroids such as those used to treat asthma.
- Make a list of questions to ask your doctor to help you make the most of your appointment.
For oral thrush, some basic questions to ask your doctor include:
- What caused this condition?
- Do I need any additional tests? Do these tests require any preparation?
- What treatments are available, and which do you recommend?
- Do these treatments have any side effects?
- I have other medical problems, so how can I manage them together?
- Are there any dietary restrictions that I need to follow?
- Is there a generic alternative to the medicine you're prescribing?
- How can I prevent this from happening again?
- Do I need to be tested for other diseases associated with thrush?
Don't hesitate to ask any other questions that occur to you.
What to expect from your doctor
Your doctor is likely to ask you a number of questions, such as:
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- When did you begin experiencing symptoms?
- Have you recently taken antibiotics for an infection?
- Do you have asthma? If so, do you use a steroid inhaler?
- Do you have any chronic health conditions?
- Do you have any other new symptoms of illness?
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