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What could be the reason for yellow tinted/slight white layer on tongue? I have bad acid reflux, urinary problems, and don't drink much water.

What could be the reason for yellow tinted/slight white layer on tongue? I have bad acid reflux, urinary problems, and don't drink much water.

White tongue common: 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). ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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What is causing my bad breath? I have post nasal drip/acid reflux. I am taking meds, but still bad breath. No dental problems. The back of my tongue=white

What is causing my bad breath? I have post nasal drip/acid reflux. I am taking meds, but still bad breath. No dental problems. The back of my tongue=white

Your mouth may be: TOO DRY!! Yes dry mouth (made worse by some medications!!) may be the cause of halitosis or bad breath! Ask your dentist for recommendations for preparation which will help moisten the mucous membranes of your mouth!
Hope this helps
Dr Z ...Read more

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I have GI related problems such as H. Pylori and acid reflux. Last week when I saw my mouth the roof of my mouth looks white and its been a Awhile my breathe taste like infection and my gums really hurt and bleeds. Last week I felt something bothering me

I have GI related problems such as H. Pylori and acid reflux. Last week when I saw my mouth the roof of my mouth looks white and its been a Awhile my breathe taste like infection and my gums really hurt and bleeds. Last week I felt something bothering me

Consult Dentist: Esophageal reflux can cause dental and gum disease due to regurgitation of acid in the mouth especially at night time
With bad breath taste and bleeding gums. I suggest you make an appointment with your dentist asap and get your teeth and gums checked
At the same time you need to continue therapy from your Doctor or GI Specialist to control your acid reflux and Hpylori. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue cause acid reflux?

Can geographic tongue cause acid reflux?

No: A geographic tongue does not cause acid reflux from the stomach. A geographic tongue is probably not capable of causing stomach symptoms... but that doesn't mean a person can't have stomach symptoms and have a geographic tongue at the same time. ...Read more

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Does acid reflux cause dry tongue and bitterness?

Does acid reflux cause dry tongue and bitterness?

Possible: Acid reflux can cause a bad taste, sore throat. I am not sure what you mean by a dry tongue.
I hope you are being treated for acid reflux. The acids can badly erode your teeth.
Acid reflux can be caused by sleep apnea. So
if you are tired all the time, snore, gasp for breath while sleeping, are overweight, . ...Read more

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Please tell me, could a green tongue be due to acid reflux?

Please tell me, could a green tongue be due to acid reflux?

Possibly: Gastric reflux can influence the look of the surface of the tongue as it results in acids in the mouth that don't normally belong there. Different foods and medications can also influence tongue surfaces. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause tongue to burn and bumps to form on the base?

Can acid reflux cause tongue to burn and bumps to form on the base?

Possibly: Acid reflex has many oral ramifications. Your tongue burning can be a result of the irritation to the surface and papillae (taste buds). They can swell or overgrow, change colors, become painful, etc. It cause dental caries and breakdown of fillings. Your susceptiblity to cancer is higher, too. Check it out with your dentist. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux or GERD cause white coating on tongue?

Can acid reflux or GERD cause white coating on tongue?

Many causes: Yes acid reflux can cause a white tongue but it as also accompanied by other symptoms like heartburn. white tongue can be cause also by medications, mouth bacteria or yeast and bad oral hygiene. ...Read more

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Recently, I have noticed pale white round patches on the tongue, which are bumpy. A milky white spot on the side of tongue. Bad acid reflux. Pls help.

Recently, I have noticed pale white round patches on the tongue, which are bumpy. A milky white spot on the side of tongue. Bad acid reflux. Pls help.

Tongue patches: This really requires examination. There are "normal" papillae on your tongue which may become coated, especially with reflux disease and bacterial or fungal colonization. Milky white spots wipe off in fungal infection. However, in some cases, there are "geographic" patches (called geographic tongue) which can and do colonize bacteria and fungus. A dentist or oral surgeon should evaluate. ...Read more

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The back of my tongue is stained yellow, with a whitish coating as well only on the back. I have terrible acid reflux, could that be the reason?

The back of my tongue is stained yellow, with a whitish coating as well only on the back. I have terrible acid reflux, could that be the reason?

It's possible...: ...To get a coating on the tongue as a sign of severe acid reflux. However, there are many other reasons why your tongue could have an appearance of a coating. To sort it out, you should see your primary doctor or a gastroenterologist. In the mean time, try adding liquid or chewable antacids to your current anti-reflux regimen, while you are waiting for your appointment. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have bumps on the back of my tongue as well as a yellow tinted tongue for a while now. I have bad nighttime acid reflux. Could reflux be the reason?

I have bumps on the back of my tongue as well as a yellow tinted tongue for a while now. I have bad nighttime acid reflux. Could reflux be the reason?

Possibly: Chronic irritation from uncontrolled acid reflux can cause structural changes in the esophagus, larynx, vocal cords, pharynx and tongue (usually not permanent except for strictures). A yellow plaque to the tongue may also be suggestive of a candida infection. Your doctor can help you sort this out. ...Read more

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Ithy tongue and burning tongue what is it? I have acid reflux and constant post nasal drip

Both these can cause: Both acid reflux and post nasal drip can cause a sore throat and tongue. See your doctor for treatment. Acid reflux can erode your teeth and cause serious esophagus problems. Get treatment. ...Read more

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Acid reflux symptoms have improved but burning tongue still here. I am taking 40mg protonix (pantoprazole) in am and 150mg ranitidine pm.

Acid reflux symptoms have improved but burning tongue still here. I am taking 40mg protonix (pantoprazole) in am and 150mg ranitidine pm.

B12 deficiency?: Chronic use of PPI (protonix, omeprazle) reduces vitamin B12 and magnesium absorption. You should have blood test to check out whether you are deficient in either. B12 deficiency can cause a burning tongue. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering I have bumps on the back of my tongue and sometimes my tongue get white and when I eat it feels like I have acid reflux every time, I'm scared I been looking it up and all it's saying is that it's cancer or aids?

Hi I was wondering I have bumps on the back of my tongue and sometimes my tongue get white and when I eat it feels like I have acid reflux every time, I'm scared I been looking it up and all it's saying is that it's cancer or aids?

Bumps are tastebuds: It is normal to have a row of bumps on the back of the tongue. These are taste buds. When you get a white coating on your tongue, it is possible that this is thrush or a yeast infection. With thrush, the tongue is very sensitive to acidic foods. Thrush is more common with immune disorders, but is commonly seen in healthy individuals as well. When this happens in the future, have it evaluated. ...Read more

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What could be causing my tongue, gums, and bottom lip to burn? Could acid reflux cause this?

What could be causing my tongue, gums, and bottom lip to burn? Could acid reflux cause this?

Infections/allergy?: acid reflux shouldn't cause your tongue or gums to hurt or burn, but gingivitis from bad oral hygiene, or allergies from certain meds or foods can cause that burn.
Maintain good oral hygiene through flossing brushing and the use of mouth rinses, control the acid reflux through the proper meds and food restrictions, and see if the condition improves.. ...Read more

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A lingering bad taste & my tongue feels funny midday. Just finished anti-biotics & been under stress. No diet changes. Is it acid reflux? Treatment?

Possible: It is possible that you have acid reflux bit could also be a number of other things. Do you feel like it started after you took the antibiotics? Could be a opportunistic fungal infection, but just a guess. Not acid reflux and infection can of course be treated relatively simply. But your have to visit a physician for a proper evaluation to find the root cause. Feel free to provide more details. ...Read more

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15 yo son has had a subtle tingling in his tongue for the last 2 days non stop. Nerves, acid reflux, b12 def? Go to ER or see doctor?

15 yo son has had a subtle tingling in his tongue for the last 2 days non stop. Nerves, acid reflux, b12 def? Go to ER or see doctor?

See Doctor: These symptoms do not seem urgent enough to warrant an ER visit. His mild, non-life threatening symptoms can be properly managed by his pediatrician if concerning. ...Read more

Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Acid Reflux (Definition)

Technically called GERD, acid reflux is the presence of acidic stomach contents in the esophagus. The acid irritates the esophagus causing heartburn symptoms. The regurgitation or reflux can vary greatly as can the symptoms. Blocking stomach acid with medications can alleviate the burning but medication cannot stop the reflux. Complicated GERD requires surgical treatment ...Read more


Dr. Thomas Fiala
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Reflux (Definition)

Acid reflux is defined as the presence of acidic gastric contents in the esophagus causing irritation. It's cause is blamed on the a lax gastroesophageal shpincter that permits usch regurgitation. Vesicoureteral reflux is regurgitation (backing up) of urine in the bladder into the ureter ...Read more