John P. Cunha, DO, is a U.S. board-certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Dr. Cunha's educational background includes a BS in Biology from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and a DO from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences in Kansas City, MO. He completed residency training in Emergency Medicine at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey.
Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.
Thrush (oropharyngeal candidiasis) is a medical condition in which a fungus
called Candida overgrows in the mouth and throat. Candida is normally present in
the mouth, the digestive tract, and skin of most healthy people. The immune
system and the body's normal bacteria usually keep Candida in balance. When this
balance is interrupted, it can result in an overgrowth of the Candida fungus,
causing thrush, a yeast infection of the mouth or throat.
Reviewed by Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP on 4/17/2013
A whitening of the top layer of the tongue or the presence of white spots or patches on the tongue can also be seen with infection or chronic inflammation of the surface of the tongue. Certain oral infections, notably Candida yeast infections (known as oral thrush), are characterized by a white tongue.