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Doctor insights on: Blue Discoloration Of The Tongue

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Is having irregular patches of discoloration on the tongue a mark of something?

Is having irregular patches of discoloration on the tongue a mark of something?

Tongue looks patchy: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of tongue that looks patchy 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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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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How long doe it take to develop lukoplakia. I have been a very inconsistent smoker for about a year.I developed a white discoloration under tongue 19?

How long doe it take to develop lukoplakia. I have been a very inconsistent smoker for about a year.I developed a white discoloration under tongue 19?

It depends: Because developing leukoplakia so quickly and at your age would be uncommon i must question the diagnosis. A dentist might know. Otherwise might have your family doc take a look? ...Read more

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I have some discoloration and some bumps on the bottom of my tongue. Should I be worried?

Varicosities: The most common reason for this are varicose veins. This is usually common and quite harmless depending on your general health and if there are any other issues. There can be other reasons. Have your Doctor check them at your bext visit ...Read more

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I have noticed a hard painless lump on the right top of my tongue. No discoloration and not very noticeable. What could this be?

I have noticed a hard painless lump on the right top of my tongue. No discoloration and not very noticeable. What could this be?

Contact dentist: Did you see your dentist? Did the dentist perform an oral cancer screen? There are many variables, from biting your tongue to something more ominous. See the dentist and if needed, you will be referred to an oral maxillofacial surgeon for a follow up and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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Small white round discoloration side of tongue-Not ulcerated-not a lump. Flat surface with very slightly different texture than rest of side of tongue?

Small white round discoloration side of tongue-Not ulcerated-not a lump. Flat surface with very slightly different texture than rest of side of tongue?

See your dentist!: There are many possibilities, but for solitary lesions of the tongue, I always refer patients to their dentist or an oral surgeon, just on the very rare chance that it's some kind of oral cancer or precancerous lesion. Again, this is rare, particularly for a 33 year old, but it always has to be ruled out. Other possibilities are geographic tongue, leukoplakia, thrush, oral lichen planus. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) cause discoloration/bad taste on tongue?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) cause discoloration/bad taste on tongue?

Sertraline rx: Zoloft (sertraline) can dissolve on the tongue or back of tongue / throat and burn with a bad taste. If swallowed well and whole, Zoloft (sertraline) can lead to a serotonin surge, like other SSRI meds, and this surge includes nausea, perhaps reflux, and odd GI and CNS sensations ...Read more

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On the side of my tongue, there is some scalloping. There is a very small, flat, barely noticeable spot of discoloration: 3mm at most. Cancer?

On the side of my tongue, there is some scalloping. There is a very small, flat, barely noticeable spot of discoloration: 3mm at most. Cancer?

Tricky.: dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. scalloping with discoloration would indeed be a presentation of precancerous / cancerous changes. These are RARE in young people. ANd, dental problems iwth chronic biting/irritation of the tongue MUCH more common. cannot say in your particular case, but generally, ...Read more

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Tongue pierced 8 days ago wanted to try it out. May have messed it up. No swelling, no puss, no discoloration but it randomly bleeds. What to do?

Oral surgeon: Please have an oral surgeon examine your tongue asap. There are blood vessels that are larger than fine capillaries in tongue, and when it is damaged it may continue to bleed. Even then, it should stop eventually. What you are experiencing may be slow clotting of blood, which itself also needs to be looked at as well. Open wound in mouth attract may harmful bacteria to enter the body. See os asap. ...Read more

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Son has infection under tongue, white, ?crooked?, frendelum...some sores, rest of mouth has no visible discoloration/infection.

Son has infection under tongue, white, ?crooked?,  frendelum...some sores, rest of mouth has no visible discoloration/infection.

Possible viral ...: Tongue , oral mucosa - inflammation - could be either viral ( as herpes - cold sores") or fungal as " oral thrush' . Sometime bacterial but wonder tongue uncommon ( unless injured) .For relieve recommend arm water with salt gargle and rinses. Liquid bland diet. If he has severe pain or fever , swollen glands.. he should be seen by doctor. Mild discomfort can be also relieve day ibuprofen ,tylenol ...Read more

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Tip of tongue has been sore for over a week. No signs of discoloration or swelling. Sensation is similar to a burned tongue from coffee. Suggestions?

Tip of tongue has been sore for over a week. No signs of discoloration or swelling. Sensation is similar to a burned tongue from coffee. Suggestions?

Get assessed: many possible causes, need medical assistance to diagnose this. Varied causes, sounds like could possibly be burning mouth syndrome or glossopyria but want to rule out other things as well prior to ruling this in ...Read more

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40 years female, known diabetic, complaints of black discoloration patches over the tongue and buccal mucosa with oral ulcer. What is the diagnosis?

40 years female, known diabetic, complaints of black discoloration patches over the tongue and buccal mucosa with oral ulcer. What is the diagnosis?

Needs evaluation: New onset lesions and discoloration need proper professional evaluation. Most often are benign changes related to systemic causes but only a full medical and dental evaluation can determine the etiology. A biopsy is also often necessary to make a final diagnosis. ...Read more

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Felt ill. Chills and bad sore throat. Maybe a cold? Same today. Noticed small discoloration on tongue on side (no black) and bump near back. CANCER?

Felt ill.  Chills and bad sore throat.  Maybe a cold? Same today. Noticed small discoloration on tongue on side (no black) and bump near back. CANCER?

NO….: BUMPS are:Taste buds most likely. Cold and Sore throat: URI, gargle with salt and warm water, try "Advil cold and sinus" medicine for symptomatic relief and Ginger tea/Steam Inhalation for other home remedies. If not better in 24 hours call us on HT prime or contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a friend that drinks a lot what causes blue patches on his tongue?

2 possibilities: There's only 2 possibilities I can think of - varicose veins of the tongue or bruising. Both of these are more common in heavy drinkers. ...Read more

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This is what my blue tongue looks like. I woke up at 12:30 a.M. This morning it was not blue. Woke up at 5:30 it was blue.

This is what my blue tongue looks like. I woke up at 12:30 a.M. This morning it was not blue. Woke up at 5:30 it was blue.

Blue Tongue?: Have your dentist or physician look at your tongue when it 'is blue' so someone can figure out why (if you can't). We can't diagnose these things over the internet. ...Read more

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The side of my tongue is blue. What is it?

Probably : A vein. As long as it does not hurt don't worry about it ...Read more

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What is blue tongue disease?

What is blue tongue disease?

Possible condition: Oral literature doesn't describe a condition with such name. Nevertheless, the tongue can show bluish or reddish in different types of diseases. In an adult like you, it could be inflammation of the blood vessels on ventral area of tongue (varicosities) due to lose of elasticity of blood vessels, showing blue through the mucosa due to venous blood irrigation. ...Read more

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What are some causes of light blue hairy tongue?

What are some causes of light blue hairy tongue?

Black Hairy Tongue: It is an actual condition called black hairy tongue . The papillae on the surface of the tongue become elongated and look like "hairy projections". It is caused by bacteria buildup, and things like smoking , poor oral hygiene and dry mouth can contribute. Brush your tongue and use a tongue scraper. ...Read more

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