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Thanks for the question..
ORAL candida infection is usually suspected because of the presence of white plaques on the buccal mucosa, palate, tongue, or the oropharynx. So it does involve the palate.
The usual symptoms of oropharyngeal candidiasis are a cottony feeling in the mouth, loss of taste, and sometimes pain on eating and swallowing.
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