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what does it mean if you have a black tongue

A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience Dentistry
Black under tongue: You may be seeing the veins under your tongue. But, this is also an area for the formation of oral cancer. See you dentist for an examination.

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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Leaderman
48 years experience Dentistry
Black hairy tongue: Black hairy tongue sounds and looks scary, but it is nothing to worry about. It is caused by too much bacteria or yeast growth in the mouth. It usual ... Read More
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joy Poskozim
Specializes in Dentistry
Does it wipe away?: To be sure that it isn't thrush (fungus Candida Albicans accumulates on the lining of the mouth). Take a clean wet cloth and clean this area. You migh ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony D'Amico
53 years experience Dentistry
Black hairy tongue: Sounds like black hairy tongue. See a dental specialist for proper diagnosis and possible treatment.
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Vasu Brown
33 years experience Integrative Medicine
Need to see a doc: If tongue is speckled and ulcerated not good. If it is speckled but no ulcer could be yeast or issues with gut.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Many things: It could meany things. Eating , drinking certain foods. Some medications . Bacterial, fungal infections. Acid reflux. Not cleaning your tongue reg ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gerald Mandell
51 years experience Nuclear Medicine
Increased density: Usually people refer to lung with no vventilation as being whited out. Air in the lung is usually black. Atelectasis (collapse), fluid, edema, pneumon ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience Dentistry
Food debris: Foods and drinks can cause your tongue to be orange. Clean you tongue with a brush or a tongue scrapper. This should take care of the colored debris ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Cattano
38 years experience Gastroenterology
Dark-colored stool: Dark-colored stools may result from iron supplements, foods you eat (like a lot of spinach), substances (like peptobismol), but most significantly sug ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Wright
32 years experience Dentistry
Candida?: Candida is a fungus which may rub off and give the impression that your tongue is peeling. I have never seen a tongue peel. Best to visit your dentist ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mike Bowman
18 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not sure: Assuming you haven' t been eating lots of orange popsicles, it could be overgrowith of a yeast or bacteria, especially if associated with bad breath o ... Read More
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. M. Christine Lee
27 years experience Dermatology
Yeast infection: Could be oral thrush (yeast infection), leukoplakia which is an early precursor to oral cancer, or lichen planus (an inflammatory disorder which may a ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ted Poczatek
17 years experience Dentistry
Macroglossia: Is it that you really have a large tongue (macroglossia) or was it that it was hard to work inside your mouth for another reason? People that are mis ... Read More
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A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
Dr. John Fung answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Not related: Hemorrhoids are enlarged veins that exist under the lining of the rectum and anus. These are generally fleshy and soft but cause discomfort when engo ... Read More
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
39 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Probably nothing.: It generally has no impact on speech or swallowing. It is a non-issue that some people make a big deal about for no good reason.
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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
37 years experience Internal Medicine
Black dot ear drum: Could be that there was bleeding and even perforation,pervious laser, or cholesteatoma or rare glomus or very old dried wax. Who saw the black dot ... Read More
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Chapman
40 years experience Cardiology
Low oxygen level: Bluish discoloration of the skin or lips is called cyanosis, and is generally caused by a low oxygen level or vasoconstriction. Typical causes are lu ... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Need to examine: It may reflect an issue of oral hygiene. You may try gently scrapping the tongue with your toothbrush. The lack of color may be due to anemia and that ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Sidman
39 years experience Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Probably nothing.: It probably doesn't mean anything, but there is such a thing as an "overgrowth syndrome" and the most common one is beckwith-wiedemann syndrome. Ther ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience Family Medicine
Infection and others: It may be due to infections, stdsimplantation bleeding due to pregnancy.Cervical polyp, cervical abrasions, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometritis, ... Read More
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Blood or iron: Vitamines containin iron, iron tablets, and pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) can all cause black stools. Bleeding in the stomach can also cause bl ... Read More
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A 41-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ankush Bansal
16 years experience Internal Medicine
Rewrite: Please rewrite your question - it is incomplete. A recurring what?
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience Dentistry
That depends: Upon what the bump actually is. It needs to be personally seen for an accurate diagnosis. Check with your own dentist.
A 27-year-old member asked:
Dr. Marianne DiNapoli
7 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Could be blood: Black stool, especially if it has a tarry consistency, could be a sign of blood in the stool. Medications, such as pepto-bismol, can also turn stool b ... Read More
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