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A 20-year-old female asked:

i have red spots on my tongue?

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Dr. John Comisi
Dentistry 38 years experience
Possibly normal: Depending on the type, location and size of the red spots they can be almost anything. It could range from normal anatomy, to migratory glossitis (geographic tongue) to sensitivity to certain types of foods or mouth rinses, to something "more". If this persists for a few more days, it could be wise to have your dentist check it out to make sure that they are typical.
Dr. Joel Piehl
Periodontics 51 years experience
Taste buds: Could be irritated taste buds from spicy or too hot foods.
Dr. Dell Goodrick
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Many things: Red spots on the tongue can be caused by many things, including a B12 deficiency, an infection, asthma or some oral cancers. Have a dentist do an oral cancer screening or see an ENT doctor to evaluate and rule out anything serious.

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I havd red spots on my tongue and large ones on the back of it, what could this be?

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Geographical tongue?: If there is no pain or other discomfort, it can be geographical tongue. Which is benign condition.
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What could be probable causes of painless red spots on the tongue? Could it be stds?

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Possibly: Potential more common causes of red spots on tongue are oral thrush , B12 deficiency, acid reflux or oral herpes. Also, sometimes when we eat spicy or acidic foods, the papillae on the tongue swell, become red and sensitive. A dentist can help determine what they are caused by by looking at them.
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What are these tiny red spots undernath tongue don't hurt?

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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
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Normal anatomy.: They most likely are normal anatomy. Get a good friend or family member willing to let you look and using a flashlight, look at that spot in their mouth. It should look similar. If it looks completely different than your red spots, see a dentist and let him/her look.
A 22-year-old male asked:

Soar taste buds. Red raised spots on tip of tongue. Taste buds are the only spot effected. Use chewing tobacco?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Stop!: Chewing tobacco irritates all the soft tissues of your mouth and over time not only will things get worse, but you are also more prone to oral cancer. There is not much that you can do until you stop chewing tobacco. Think about it and good luck!
A 33-year-old member asked:

What can I do if my tongue is sore, white, and has red spots. What could this be?

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Dr. Sandra Eleczko
Dentistry 36 years experience
Several causes: The most common causes for this are viral, sensitivity to certain foods or food additives and vitamin deficiencies. Your dentist can help you find the cause and treatment. Schedue an appointment if this doesn't go away or is getting worse.

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