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A 27-year-old female asked:

A small raised white spot on right side tip of tongue not painful been there for months what does it mean?

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Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 39 years experience
Show us picture pls: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals).

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Last updated Apr 7, 2018

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