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Help please. Could antibiotics and domperidone cause a white tongue to clear up?

Depends: If the white tongue is due to a yeast infection, an anti-fungal may be of value. It needs to be assessed by a primary healthcare provider to set you on the best treatment course. The wrong antibiotic could be of no help or make it worse. The domperidone isn't likely much of a factor. ...Read more

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Have a "white tongue" after taking an antibiotic. Requested my doctor prescribe Nystatin "swish and swallow"; is this the right thing to do?

Have a "white tongue" after taking an antibiotic. Requested my doctor prescribe Nystatin "swish and swallow"; is this the right thing to do?

Likely: Sounds as if you have been down this road before. Often an antibiotic will alter the balance of the flora in the mouth and the fungus comes along and takes over. The nystatin is the typical treatment. You may also scrape your tongue with your brush, floss or a tongue scraper. Stick your tongue out, place the brush, etc. On back and pull tongue back in -- easier than opposite. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Does postnasal drip cause a white tongue?

Does postnasal drip cause a white tongue?

Not usually: The nasal mucosa produces about a quart of mucus daily. It goes down the throat and we swallow it. I doubt this PND would cause discoloration of the tongue. You need to rule out a fungal infection. See Dentist or ENT doctor. ...Read more

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What could cause a white tongue? . I always have a tongue with raised lines on the inside of cheeks, and the edges of the tongue are uneven/rough.

What could cause a white tongue? . I always have a tongue with raised lines on the inside of cheeks, and the edges of the tongue are uneven/rough.

Filiform papillae: The white coating and scalloping tongue is caused by debris and bacteria lodged between the enlarged and sometimes inflamed filiform papillae. The raised lines on the inside of cheeks is due to night teeth clenching. Keep a good oral hygiene and see your dentist for night guard fabrication. ...Read more

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Are there any hormonal conditions that may cause a white tongue? My tongue looks whitish. Not in a patch, not rough, not painful, uniformally.

Are there any hormonal conditions that may cause a white tongue? My tongue looks whitish. Not in a patch, not rough, not painful, uniformally.

? Anemia: Does your tongue have white coating that can be scrapped away or is the tongue pale? If it is latter, you may be anemia and could benefit from taking oral iron and multivitamin supplements. ...Read more

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What causes chronic white tongue, it looks like yeast on tongue?

What causes chronic white tongue, it looks like yeast on tongue?

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 causes white tongue?

What causes white tongue?

Many things: Many things can contribute to a white coating on the tongue. We frequently see this with nasal conditions that cause one to breath through the mouth. Other common causes include thrush and geographic tongue. Consider using a tongue scraper to remove the coating. You should see you doctor for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What are the causes of a white tongue?

What are the causes of a white tongue?

Several: Certain foods can cause a whitish appearance of the tongue as well as certain medications such as antibiotics. Another possibility is the presence of a geographic tongue where you may have white patterns appear. Smoking is also a very common cause. ...Read more

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I have a white tongue. What can cause this? And towards the back/middle is 2 red spots that hurt a little what's going on?

Many Possibilities: This could be caused by many things, some benign and not serious while others need to be looked at by a general dentist or oral surgeon. Speak to your dentist and have take a look. Then you can get a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can zithromax 1mg single use power packet be the cause of my white tongue? It's been a month since I drank it and 2 weeks since I noticed my tongue.

Can zithromax 1mg single use power packet be the cause of my white tongue? It's been a month since I drank it and 2 weeks since I noticed my tongue.

Unlikely: Try brushing your tongue gently, but thoroughly when you brush your teeth in the morning and evening. If the white material on your tongue does not resolve, see your dentist or primary doctor for examination and recommendations. ...Read more

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23 weeks past HIV exposure. Negative rapid and duo combo tests. But have white tongue and sores under the tongue. What may be the cause and conclusive?

23 weeks past HIV exposure. Negative rapid and duo combo tests. But have white tongue and sores under the tongue. What may be the cause and conclusive?

Not sure: It could be due to many causes: thrush, strep, viral infection, medication or supplement, irritation from mouthwash or toothpaste, etc. See your doc for a thorough history and physical. ...Read more

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Can lescol (fluvastatin) cause thrush or a white tongue?

Can lescol (fluvastatin) cause thrush or a white tongue?

Fluvastatin: Lescol (fluvastatin) is a "statin" anti-cholesterol product, and I have no basis for believing it would cause thrush/candidiasis. Usually occurs in infants, immunocompromised, or those just off antibiotics. Requires an rx for monistat, nizoral, ketoconazole to eliminate. ...Read more

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What could cause random headaches, sudden white tongue, random dizziness and random nausea?

What could cause random headaches, sudden white tongue, random dizziness and random nausea?

Multiple issues: Your question requires a comprehensive physical examination with blood and urine testing. I advise stopping all over the counter medications at this time. ...Read more

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What could cause a yellow, white tongue that can't be scaped off? On lozenges 5days but not better. What can I use, brushing does nothing.

THRUSH: A stubborn mouth FUNGAL infection may be your problem...This sometimes requires ORAL anti-fungal RX (eg: Nystatin")
May be worth a try??
Ask your treating oral health provider
Hope this is helpful....just a thought...Dr Z ...Read more

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Does tonsil stone cause white tongue? And white tongue cause bad breath?

Does tonsil stone cause white tongue? And white tongue cause bad breath?

Possibly: White tongue may be a buildup of bacteria on your tongue. The waste from the bacteria can cause bad breath. ...Read more

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White tongue caused by long term oral tetracycline. Will this clear after tetra is stopped. What else can I do? I have tried male thrush pill, but no success

White tongue caused by long term oral tetracycline. Will this clear after tetra is stopped. What else can I do? I have tried male thrush pill, but no success

Probiotics-: You have upset the applecart of balance of all the biological flora in your body (mouth), due to taking the antibiotics which kill bacteria. Sometimes not all bad ones some of the good guys too. Praobiotics will help your digestive system reconstitute the normal flora and hopefully eventually get that tongue back to it's nice red color. A tongue brush will help also. ...Read more

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Last year october I kissed my then boyfriend, I ended up with a sore dry cracked burning white tongue. Which has persisted up to now. Possible causes?

Last year october I kissed my then boyfriend, I ended up with a sore dry cracked burning white tongue. Which has persisted up to now. Possible causes?

See a dentist: There are many causes for a sore tongue and since you have had this problem for over 6 months, it is time that you see a dentist or oral surgeon to have your tongue evaluated. ...Read more

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I have a partially white tongue but yeast tests came back negative. I do have a urinary tract infection. Could that be the cause?

Brush tongue: Do you clean your tongue every day? A white build up on your tongue can happen from food and bacterial debris that normally build up on a tongue. Use a tongue scraper or a toothbrush to gently clean your tongue when you brush your teeth. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress and sleep deprivation due to fear of an exposure which occured in reality cause real symptoms of HIV like white tongue, thrush?

Can anxiety and stress and sleep deprivation due to fear of an exposure which occured in reality cause real symptoms of HIV like white tongue, thrush?

Anxiety: Can cause a dry mouth. (flight or fight response) Candida albicans causes thrush. a simple test can confirm the latter. Taking antibiotics can increase your risk of getting thrush (kill off the normal bacterial flora) If you think you have thrush have it looked at and get it treated. ...Read more

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Everytime I get white tongue cause either by GERD or thrush I notice I get swollen lymph nodes on the side of chest that is sore, is that GERD related?

Everytime I get white tongue cause either by GERD or thrush I notice I get swollen lymph nodes on the side of chest that is sore, is that GERD related?

Need more details: White coat on tongue is not always thrush. Do you smoke? Are you sick? How do you know it is thrush? If it is thrush, you need to explore the reason for it. You need to spend some time with your DR. If your Dr fails to provide satisfaction, request a consult with a Dr of internal medicine. ...Read more

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Can taking doxycycline 100 twice a day for month cause tongue candida and I stopped antibiotic 10 days ago and the problem steel exists please help?

Can taking doxycycline 100 twice a day for month cause tongue candida and I stopped antibiotic 10 days ago and the problem steel exists please help?

Yes - Antibiotic SEs: It certainly can. If you can get some fluconazole that should wipe it out. Generally we start with 200 mg on the first day (2 pills of 100mg), then 100 mg pills once a day for a week to 13 days more. That should wipe it out easily. Show it to a doc if you have concerns. If you're on other meds you should check with a doc too about drug interactions with fluconazole. ...Read more

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Why does the left side of my mouth still hurt after seeing a dentist and being on antibiotics for a month? Cant see dentist cause they keep cancelling

Why does the left side of my mouth still hurt after seeing a dentist and being on antibiotics for a month? Cant see dentist cause they keep cancelling

Signs of Infection: You have an infection and you should contact your dentist immediately for definitive treatment ensuring the infection does not spread or lead to additional complications. ...Read more

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Un healing mouth cyst blood fills then burst antibiotics don't work what could be cause of this im 16?

Un healing mouth cyst blood fills then burst antibiotics don't work what could be cause of this im 16?

See your doctor: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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Non healing mouth cyst that fills with blood then burst antibiotics do not seem to work what could be cause of this I am16 and am stressed over this?

Non healing mouth cyst that fills with blood then burst antibiotics do not seem to work what could be cause of this I am16 and am stressed over this?

Usually Harmless: It is likely a mucoid cyst, if located on the inside of the cheek or lips. It is not generally associated with infection, so antibiotics would have no effect. If it continues to reoccur, sometimes it will require the cyst to be removed.

Since your cyst recurs and appears to be blood filled, I would recommend having your dentist check it out. If the cyst occurs on the gums, a dentist is a must. ...Read more

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Even a mild dose of antibiotic causes severe mouth of ulcers and post surgery it is necessary to take antibiotic... Any other substitute. Plz suggest?

Even a mild dose of antibiotic causes severe mouth of ulcers and post surgery it is necessary to take antibiotic... Any other substitute. Plz suggest?

Ask your doc: Please see your doc to make sure that your mouth ulcers are not a fungus or other infection. As him or her if you can take a natural antimicrobial such as olive leaf extract in place of your antibiotic. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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