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A 36-year-old female asked:

I've had a cough and running nose about 3 weeks and i've noticed a film and bumps on the back if my tongue that i can't get with toothbrush?

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Dr. John Graeber
Dentistry 49 years experience
Normal: Stop smoking, the bumps are foliate papillas and are normal, the coating can be managed with a tongue scraper.
Dr. Arnold Malerman
Orthodontics 53 years experience
Tongue: 3 weeks is too long to have cough/runny nose. You may have an infection, other than viral, that requires attention. See your General Physician or Urgent Care (not ER). Bumps on back of tongue are normal anatomy. Coating may be due to infection, diet, and many other reasons. Should brush off or removable with tongue scraper. See your General Dentist for appropriate treatment.

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