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eileenmarie
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This is going to sound pretty strange...

But okay, so I'm in my first year of a medical course and we are studying bacteriology currently. Today, in practical, we had to look at our own mouth plaque under a microscope (too much fun).

Now I know this is not diagnostic in any official way, but my plaque slide showed fungus (possibly candida) along with loads of white blood cells. The bacteriologist lecturer kindly pointed these findings out to me.

I have no symptoms at all of any sort of oral fungal infection (normal tongue, no lesions as far as my untrained eye can see) and therefore don't see how any doctor would diagnose or treat me for an infection. However, upon doing further online research (always a mistake) I learned that oral candida generally only happens with those immunocompromised (HIV, cancer treatment patients) or those with uncontrolled diabetes. I feel pretty certain that these options are not possibilities, though I'm reconsidering the amount of sugars I take in daily upon learning about the diabetes thing.

Is this something I should pursue with a doctor even though I have no symptoms or should I just wait and see and hope it's something transient that my immune system will deal with.

I am majorly perplexed and honestly, somewhat embarrassed. It's not terribly fun to find out you have oral fungus in front of 15 colleagues, but oh well. I just don't know why I have it. I was also wondering if it could mean I have some symptomless vaginal yeast infection that I spread to my mouth? [Frown]

I realize that this may not be within scarleteen's realm of counseling but I guess it's more a matter of asking what you would do if you learned such information in such a bizarre manner. And you guys are the only online message board I find I can trust. So thanks, always.

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Heather
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Have you had general checkups through your life? How long has it been since you last had one?

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eileenmarie
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I went to my gp about three months ago and had bloodwork done...everything tested for was normal, including blood glucose levels. I generally go about once a year, but all I have done when I go is general bloodwork to make sure my wonky thyroid is behaving itself properly.

I go to the dentist every six months for a full cleaning and check (last time: about three months ago)...everything normal as far as they were concerned.

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Heather
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So, you're good. Really.

It was probably just about something you ate that day still hanging around in your mouth. [Smile]

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eileenmarie
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Okay, thank you!

Now I can get back to studying for a major final I have on Friday...eww. Nothing quite like finding out you have mouth fungus to throw a wrench in the study focus.

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Heather
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LOL!

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