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Dallas, PA
A 34-year-old female asked:

My tongue is coated white but throat is normal . had blood work done yesterday and it was normal. big red taste buds... is it thrush?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Probably not: Often running a piece of dental floss across the tongue will remove this debris. If so, and if it isn't uncomfortable, it's probably not thrush / candida. Your physician would have recognized oral thrush as well. Don't make too much out of tongue signs -- they're famously nonspecific and often (usually) mean nothing.

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