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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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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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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 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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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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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

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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

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Left sided colitis, ulcers under tongue and bad acid reflux/indigestion... What could be causing the ulcers and the indigestion/ acid reflux?

Left sided colitis, ulcers under tongue and bad acid reflux/indigestion... What could be causing the ulcers and the indigestion/ acid reflux?

Ulcerative colitis: Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease in which your immune system attacks your digestive system, from mouth to anus. Here is a great reference for you: http://www.ccfa.org/what-are-crohns-and-colitis/what-is-ulcerative-colitis/ People with ulcerative colitis require close monitoring and treatment by a team of physicians. ...Read more

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60-year-old male w/acid reflux, no prescription for it. I still eat spicy foods. Have sores on tongue that blister. Any OTC treatment for pain/healing?

60-year-old male w/acid reflux, no prescription for it. I still eat spicy foods. Have sores on tongue that blister. Any OTC treatment for pain/healing?

Prilosec for acid: A proton pump inhibitor such as Prilosec or Prevacid (both available without rx) will help with the acid reflux (as would histamine blockers such as zantac (ranitidine) or pepcid). Antacids such as maalox or mylanta will help to buffer acid as well. For the sores on the tongue glyoxide or orabase or oragel may help to heal. ...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 a sore tongue that I am pretty sure is from acid reflux. Am on 40mg protonix (pantoprazole) and 300mg gabapentin and low acid diet. How long will this last.

I have a sore tongue that I am pretty sure is from acid reflux.  Am on 40mg protonix (pantoprazole) and 300mg gabapentin and low acid diet.  How long will this last.

Sore tongue: Your "sore tongue" is not related to your acid reflux, if in fact you have this condition. Are you self medicating with OTC protonix (pantoprazole) and Ranitidine? It is unnecessary to take both. Why are you on Gabapentin? I don't see anything under conditions that supports that prescription unless you have been diagnosed with "neuralgia" or seizures. Tongue pain is worrisome for cancer if h/o to and alcohol. ...Read more

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What causes a yellow tongue? I have acid reflux & heartburn. What self help cdn get rid of the yellow tongue please apart from oral brushing etc.

What causes a yellow tongue? I have acid reflux & heartburn. What self help cdn get rid of the yellow tongue please apart from oral brushing etc.

Most likely dryness.: Common causes: mouth dryness & enlarged tongue papillae allowing bacteria to produce discoloration. Smoking, medications (anti-histamines & antidepressants), & caffeine-containing beverages, may contribute to dryness. Maintain good hydration & eliminate dryness contributers if possible. Although usually benign consult your physician if jaundice occurs. ...Read more

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Have had sore tongue for 6 mos. Gp and oral srg say it is sore tong synd. Also diagnosed with acid reflux. On protonix (pantoprazole) and gabapentin. Related?

Have had sore tongue for 6 mos.  Gp and oral srg say it is sore tong synd.  Also diagnosed with acid reflux.  On protonix (pantoprazole) and gabapentin. Related?

Possibly.: "Sore tongue syndrome" is a description, not a diagnosis. It has many causes. These include acid reflux, certain vitamin deficiences, oral thrush, Sjogren's syndrome (an autoimmune disorder) some prescription meds (iincluding Gapapentin), diabetes, thyroid problems and oral allergies. Your oral surgeon and family doc need to work together with you to evaluate you and make a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Throat cancer at age 20? I can feel a very tiny bump with my tongue on the right side near the uvula i also have acid reflux

Tongue papilla?: Everybody has a bunch of circumvallate papillae on the back of the tongue. Occasionally one is big. A cancer is obviously abnormal before it becomes really dangerous. For acid reflux, try getting really physically fit and elevating the head of your bed on cinder blocks. ...Read more

Dr. Jeffrey Stevens
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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. Ana Adelstein
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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