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what could be probable causes of painless red spots on the tongue? could it be stds?

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Dr. Meng Syn
Dr. Meng Syn answered
38 years experience Dentistry
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.
Answered on Mar 24, 2015
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Dr. Jeffrey Goldstein
33 years experience Cosmetic Dentistry
See your physician.: Painless red spots can be normal anatomy or it can be something else. I can't see your tongue, so see your physician and let him have a look!
Answered on Mar 22, 2020
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Dr. Martin Raff
Dr. Martin Raff commented
56 years experience Infectious Disease
There are several STDs that can present with lesions in the mouth, on the tongue, tonsils, back of throat, lips, etc. Listen to Dr. Goldstein and see a doctor.
Feb 14, 2013

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