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A 41-year-old member asked:

Every morning there is a orange/white coating on my tongue. what causes this?

2 doctor answers9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Charles Cattano
Gastroenterology 40 years experience
Maybe thrush(fungus): The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of tongue that looks patchy 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).
Dr. Keerti Sahasrabudhe
23 years experience
Many causes: Have you been on antibiotics recently? Anyway, yeast infection can do that and so can acid reflux. A dentist or ENT should be able to help you.

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