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I'm 27, my tongue is pierced. once in a while the left side of the bottem ball hurts. I now have noticed black veins under my tongue. Normal?

I'm 27, my tongue is pierced. once in a while the left side of the bottem ball hurts. I now have noticed black veins under my tongue. Normal?

Trauma or.....: Trauma or infection are most common causes of soreness. Please see a Dentist. Trauma means tissue damage. Infection can spread. Please see a Dentist. Dark veins under tongue probably normal (sub-lingual veins). See a Dentist to make sure. Know that the balls can cause traumatic injury and recession to gums/bone. Balls can also fracture teeth. Tongue piercing just isn't healthy or smart. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more


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My husband noticed that his tongue looks like black veins underneath. Is this normal? He has no pain

My husband noticed that his tongue looks like black veins underneath. Is this normal? He has no pain

Veins under tongue: It is normal to have darkened looking veins under the tongue. Veins are carrying blood without oxygen, which gives the dark color. However it is always best to have an examination to ensure that no other problems in the mouth exist. Take care. ...Read more

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What cause the redness under your tongue and black veins, also the fatness on the side of your tongue ?

Veins : Red vessels are arteries full of oxygen. Darker vessels are usually blue/purple veins. They are a different color due to their lack of oxygen. You can see them under your tongue because the mucosa layer covering them is very thin there. The tongue is a muscle, so pretty much anything regarding its natural size and shape is muscular in nature. ...Read more

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Black spot on right side of tongue ? Diagnosed with papillae , veins darker

Need to see: Requires examination. All depends on exactly where it is , the size, the symptoms, signs, and response to examination . See your Dentist. If need second opinion, see the Oral Surgeon. It is your mouth and you certainly want to have it healthy. Good Luck. ...Read more

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The right side of my tongue and underneath it, is swollen.Underneath my tongue on the right side the veins are, really black and purple.on top its red?

The right side of my tongue and underneath it, is swollen.Underneath my tongue on the right side the veins are, really black and purple.on top its red?

See doctor today: This could be an infection that needs antibiotics. Please see a doctor today. If you can not get in to see your regular doctor then go to an urgent care for evaluation. ...Read more

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First HIV test negative have white tongue and soar throat noticed underneath tongue the veins look black is it HIV related?

First HIV test negative have white tongue and soar throat noticed underneath tongue the veins look black is it HIV related?

You do not have HIV: Your question has been repeatedly and accurately and graciously answered. It is rude to just dismiss this expert opinion and to ask the experts the same question over and over again. Your symptoms do not represent an HIV infection. ...Read more

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Both sides of my tongue have really dark veins. I've never noticed before. Is this normal?

Both sides of my  tongue have really dark  veins.  I've never noticed before. Is this normal?

Probably normal...: Veins carry low oxygen blood back to the heart and are darker in color than oxygen-rich blood. Shallow vessels are more obvious in color. A large superficial pair of tongue veins (ranine veins) are quite obvious on exam (see picture). Enlarged varicose veins at base of the tongue have been reported in some cases of liver disease. If these are new, simple exam and liver labs may be in order. ...Read more