The following information is provided by Laura Porter, M.D.
Candidiasis (Mucositis, Thrush) is the painful inflammation and ulceration of the mucous membranes lining the digestive tract. It is caused by a fungus. Candidiasis is commonly known as a yeast infection.
Symptoms include white patches or plaques and cold sores.
Mucositis can be treated with:
- Antifungal prescription medications
- Mouthwash such as Magic™ Mouthwash
- Local anesthetics
It is not advisable to use hydrocortisone to treat mucositis. It will make the mucositis worse.
Mucositis infection can spread so do not assume that your pain is a hemorrhoid. It could be candidiasis. Hemorrhoid cream will only worsen the situation.
Following is a photograph of oral Candidiasis from James Hellman, MD: