A 57-year-old female asked:
white growth on my left side of my tongue?
1 doctor answer • 1 doctor weighed in
Internal Medicine 48 years experience
Do not ignore it: Any new growth is concerning and warrants attention. Leukoplakia, a white growth on the mucous membranes of the mouth and elsewhere, can be malignant or premalignant. Smokers and heavy drinkers are especially prone, but everyone should be alert to this issue. A check by a dentist, oral surgeon, or ENT specialist is definitely in order!
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A 50-year-old member asked:
What could cause a red, blotchy tongue?
4 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 46 years experience
Reflux: One cause could be reflux with stomach acid reaching the mouth at night while lying down. This can result in a sore tongue , damage to the teeth, and possible damage to the larynx.A definitive diagnosis ma require a test with a GI doctor.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
What could it mean if you have a white patch on your tongue?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 28 years experience
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 affect only the mouth or other parts of the body). It needs to be examined by a dermatologist or dentist for possible treatment.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Does radiation to the tongue kill the taste buds?
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ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Saliva: Radiation therapy of the head and neck affects salivary flow and the saliva glands. It is this reduction and change in saliva that affects taste.
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A 21-year-old female asked:
What causes large white sores underneath the tongue that appeared overnight?
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 37 years experience
Sore mouth: Aphthous ulcers or an infection, herpetic stomatitis, are common possibilities.
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Why is my tongue dry and coated white when I wake up every morning?
1 doctor answer • 4 doctors weighed in
Internal Medicine 21 years experience
Dry tongue: Hi, multiple possibilities including breathing with ur mouth instead of ur nose while sleeping because of likely nose septa deviation or polyps, also Allergy, bad dental hygiene, smoking are other reasons, make sure that u see ur dentist regularly, use mouth wash, stay away from smoking. See ur PMD to evaluate ur nose.
Best of luck.
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Last updated Jul 19, 2015
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