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What causes oral thrush while suffering from cough?

My throat, roof of the mouth and tongue are coated white, I have had a cough for over a week now and have been taking antibiotics and cough syrup. I cannot taste most anything and cannot smell anything either. The coating just started today. I have had no appetite and have lost six pounds this past week. I want to eat, I just can't taste it. Oh and a few weeks ago I had my gall bladder removed.
Thank you Margaret.
Mon, 9 Jan 2017
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As per your complain white coating on tongue along with roof of mouth and throat when having cold and cough and taking antibiotics seems to be due to fungal infection also known as oral thrush. Thrush is a common finding after antibiotic intake as antibiotics disrupts the normal bacterial flora present in the mouth that resists other infectious organisms to grow.

I would suggest you to consult an Oral Physician and get evaluated and a thorough clinical evaluation and investigation like microscopy of scraping from tongue and throat and laryngoscopy can help. In case of thrush you can be advised oral anti-fungal medication like Fluconazole or Itraconazole for at least 2 weeks.

Nystatin mouthwash and Clotrimazole lozenges can help. Take plenty of probiotics like yogurt and garlic. Drink plenty of water and maintain a good oral hygiene.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

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