Is Oral Thrush Contagious?

Is oral thrush contagious is a question that naturally enough everyone asks if they learn that their lover/spouse has symptoms of this yeast infection in the mouth.

Can I safely kiss them?

The short answer is "yes" - you won't directly catch it from kissing someone with a mouth yeast infection.

BUT - you knew there had to be a but, right! - you just might still get it.

We all have yeast cells in our mouth (and most other places on our body) but normaly our body handles this fine. There are only a small number and the other good bacteria present "deal to them". We don't get oral thrush.

But when you kiss someone who does have it then there is the potential to suddenly increase the number of Candida albicans (yeast) you now have to a level that your body can no longer handle and you develop those characteristic white patches in the mouth.

If you kiss someone with oral thrush, they don't give it to you. But if the levels of existing yeast in your own mouth was high, the increase in fungi just might make the difference between you developing a yeast infection in the mouth or not.

As oral thrush is usually a sign of an "out of balance" body, enhance your overall health with a good multi probiotic such as Iflora which contains 16 different strains.

Or, if you live in the UK iFlora Multi Probiotic from your local Amazon. Note that it has not been well reviewed here in the UK, but in the States the identical product has over 160 reviews and is on 4 stars (over 100 5 star reviews).

Check out oral thrush treatment which gives a number of probiotic choices.

One study showed that Lactobacillus acidophilus cleared up oral yeast (in mice) in about 4 days1. The L acidophilus was in yogurt but did not have to come in contact with the yeast cells so that conceivably acidophilus pills could work as well. It must be live acidophilus - heat killed bacteria did not work at all.

So "is oral thrush contagious?" - the answer is "no" but you just might get it anyway. I guess that actually sounds more like a resounding "maybe"!



1. Elahi S, Pang G, Ashman R, Clancy R. Enhanced clearance of Candida albicans from the oral cavity of mice following oral administration of Lactobacillus acidophilus. Clin Exp Immunol. 2005 July; 141(1):29-36