A 24-year-old female asked:
what cause a grelish looking top of tongue that has a trickle sensation but no thick plque?
1 doctor answer • 3 doctors weighed in
Dentistry 40 years experience
Food: Assuming you mean greenish, it most likely comes from having eaten something with green coloration added, like candy or a cough drop.
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A 50-year-old member asked:
What could cause a red, blotchy tongue?
4 doctor answers • 6 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 46 years experience
Reflux: One cause could be reflux with stomach acid reaching the mouth at night while lying down. This can result in a sore tongue , damage to the teeth, and possible damage to the larynx.A definitive diagnosis ma require a test with a GI doctor.
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A 45-year-old member asked:
What could it mean if you have a white patch on your tongue?
3 doctor answers • 5 doctors weighed in
Dermatology 28 years experience
Yeast infection: Could be oral thrush (yeast infection), leukoplakia which is an early precursor to oral cancer, or lichen planus (an inflammatory disorder which may affect only the mouth or other parts of the body). It needs to be examined by a dermatologist or dentist for possible treatment.
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Does radiation to the tongue kill the taste buds?
2 doctor answers • 3 doctors weighed in
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Saliva: Radiation therapy of the head and neck affects salivary flow and the saliva glands. It is this reduction and change in saliva that affects taste.
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A 20-year-old female asked:
How long after I get my tongue pierced can I have an alcoholic drink?
3 doctor answers • 10 doctors weighed in
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 27 years experience
Soon: After i perform tonsillectomies i generally tell my patients they caeat or drink whatever they want to.... You body (and your piercing, for that matter) will tell you if it is the right thing. There might be a little pain with some alcohol after the piercing, but i don't think it woud be that big of a deal to have a drink right after...
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A 42-year-old member asked:
What can cause a coffee-colored coat on my tongue?
2 doctor answers • 7 doctors weighed in
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Black hairy tongue: It is a condition caused by lengthening of the filiform papilla of the tongue. This in turn can cause it to become stained easily by coffee, food or tobacco. It can also occur after taking pepto-bismol or can be a side effect from taking penicillin. Certain types of bacteria and yeast can also be a factor.
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Last updated Mar 15, 2018
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