Top
30
Doctor insights on: Can You Scrape Thrush Off Tongue

Share
1

1
Been battling a nasty cold past 3 days. Today I noticed my tongue looks pale, kinda whitish. There's nothing to scrape off. Doesn't look like thrush.

Been battling a nasty cold past 3 days. Today I noticed my tongue looks pale, kinda whitish. There's nothing to scrape off. Doesn't look like thrush.

White tongue: 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

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


2

2
Do all walkin doctors have everything they need to scrape and test a tongue for oral thrush? My walkin doc didn't even look at my tongue and prescription nystat

Do all walkin doctors have everything they need to scrape and test a tongue for oral thrush? My walkin doc didn't even look at my tongue and prescription nystat

Why: Oral thrush is diagnosed by visual exam in most cases. I don't recall every running the scrape and stain testing outside of medical school. It just adds time and cost to the encounter and doesn't change the plan of treatment. The germ of thrush is a normal contaminant of the total GI tract and the treatment is innocuous.I am surprised the doc didn't look, consider that bad form. ...Read more

3

3
I have bad breath. A thick layer on my tongue appears whenever i wake up. I have tried thrush drops, thrush tablets, corsodyl mouthwash, tongue scrape?

I have bad breath. A thick layer on my tongue appears whenever i wake up. I have tried thrush drops, thrush tablets, corsodyl mouthwash, tongue scrape?

Dentist?: Have you seen a dentist and explained the problem to your dentist who can actually examine you, along with taking a complete dental and medical history? That's what i would recommend and the best way to diagnose your problem and suggest a remedy. ...Read more

5

5
Can your tongue swell from thrush?

Can your tongue swell from thrush?

Yes: Any infection can cause swelling. Get the infection treated asap. Swollen tongue can cause airway obstruction. Don't put this off. ...Read more

6

6
Does having a brown tongue indicate thrush?

Brown tongue: A brown colored tongue is usually a condition called black hairy tongue. It can be caused by smoking, poor oral hygiene a buildup of bacteria, dry mouth ( a lack of saliva), coffee and tea, and a fungal infection (oral thrush).
Brush or use a tongue scraper on your tongue. If it doesn't get better, call your dentist, medical doctor or ENT specialist for an examination. ...Read more

7

7
What does minor thrush on tongue look like?

What does minor thrush on tongue look like?

Multiple types: There are at least two forms-proliferative with a white removable coating & atrophic with a distinct border & redness. Both need treatment by a qualified practitioner. ...Read more

9

9
Is there an OTC medicine for thrush on tongue?

Is there an OTC medicine for thrush on tongue?

Thrush=Candida: Candida oral fungi normally in low numbers, but can overgrow forming white patches. Associated with antibiotics that kill the good bacteria, stress or immune suppression from various diseases & medications. Eating yogurt with live cultures or rinsing & swallowing pro-biotic mixtures with lacto-bacillus can restore a normal balance. Vaginal antifungals have been used: rx meds work best; see your dr. ...Read more

10

10
How do I cure thrush on the tongue of an adult?

Mycelex (clotrimazole) Troches: Ask you doctor/dentist for Mycelex (clotrimazole) troches, just let them dissolve in mouth 5x day. ...Read more

12

12
Is there anything other than oral thrush that can make your tongue white and hurt?

Is there anything other than oral thrush that can make your tongue white and hurt?

Yes: Any of a number of viral, bacterial, or fungal over growths, systemic diseases, allergic responses. Go see your dentist. Take a complete list of your meds with you. ...Read more

13

13
My boyfriend has oral thrush that won't go away. Sometimeshe gets weird feelings on the back of his tongue. Whatshould he do?

See your doctor: Are you taking medication for the thrush? If not see your doctor. If you have reoccurring episodes of thrush then see your doctor to determine the cause. ...Read more

14

14
Child has enlarged white area on left side of tongue its not thrush but it hurts him , need to see dr? what can I do to help?

See a doctor: How do you know it's not thrush? But no way to know without an examination. In the meantime, Tylenol (acetaminophen) for discomfort, soft foods, avoid anything acidic or spicy. Popsicles for comfort. But see a doctor. ...Read more

15

15
How would you know if baby has an oral thrush? Mine, always sticking his tongue out ? Could that be a sign.? Im just scared he got thrush.

How would you know if baby has an oral thrush? Mine, always sticking his tongue out ? Could that be a sign.? Im just scared he got thrush.

Oral thrush?: Thrush is common in infants and occurs because the immune system needs to mature. On examination, the baby will have white plaque like lesions on the inner cheeks, roof of mouth, or on gums. The whitish material isn't easy to remove with a wet cloth. If you are breastfeeding, the infection can transfer to the mother's breast causing a tingling feeling or discomfort. Seek medical attention. ...Read more

16

16
My tongue has a yellow coating on it. Could it be thrush?

yellow tongue: It could be thrush altough the thrush infections I have seen are white in color.
See an oral surgeon asap for an evaluation. ...Read more

18

18
How do I know the deffirance between white hairy tongue and thrush?

See a dentist pronto: The best answer to give is seeing a dentist. If its thrush their are medications that can help quickly. If its white hairy tongue their are techniques and treatments as well. Trust the dentist to diagnose and get you feeling better. ...Read more

19

19
Tingling tongue, worse at night. It's not thrush. What could it be?

Tingling tongue, worse at night. It's not thrush. What could it be?

Number of things: It could be an allergy, a systemic problem or a nerve problem. I would suggest seeing your physician to rule out a systemic problem like vitamin b deficiency and maybe consider seeing an oral medicine specialist. It could be what is called burning tongue. ...Read more

20

20
My baby is teething and rubbing his tongue a lot could this be thrush?

My baby is teething and rubbing his tongue a lot could this be thrush?

White coating?: Do you see a thicker than normal white coating on your child's tongue or cheeks... If so, this may be thrush. Although babies tend to put everything in their mouth when teething. This might only be your child's way of dealing with teething. ...Read more

21

21
I'm seeing black thrush on tongue. What do docs recommend to treat this?

I'm seeing black thrush on tongue. What do docs recommend to treat this?

See your dentist: Make sure this is thrush versus another infection. Oral thrush is usually white and is due to a fungus called candida and is treated with antifungal medications. ...Read more

22

22
I always have white coating in my tongue. I am afraid it mightbe thrush. Please help?

I always have white coating in my tongue. I am afraid it mightbe thrush. Please help?

White coating: It may or may not be oral candidiasis (thrush). Many people have white coatings caused only by the accumulation of plaque, food debris and dead cells. Try using your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to remove any coating once per day. If it's gone, great. If not, you will need to see a dentist or physician for a definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment, if needed. ...Read more

23

23
On cloritmazole for 12 days and tongue still burns. Does that mean I dont have thrush?

Probably not thrush: Thrush can cause an uncomfortable tongue and mouth but there are many causes of burning tongue from endocrinologic issues, chronic inflammatory conditions, tobacco, medications and toxins. You should arrange follow up with your MD since the treatment already prescribed is not making an impact ...Read more

24

24
Hi I was wondering what oral thrush feels like, and if everyone has a slight white coating on the tongue?

Hi I was wondering what oral thrush feels like, and if everyone has a slight white coating on the tongue?

Painful: It generally is painful and will often bleed. White coating on the tongue may be good debris and can be wiped off. ...Read more

25

25
I've been toldvimhave oral thrush i'm in extreme pain and it look as though my tongue is splitting is this normal ?

I've been toldvimhave oral thrush i'm in extreme pain and it look as though my tongue is splitting is this normal ?

Yes: Yes this can be a side effect of oral thrush. Try and see a doctor so they can prescribe you some antifungal medication. ...Read more

26

26
I've been told I have oral thrush i'm in extreme pain and it look as though my tongue is splitting is this normal ?

I've been told I have  oral thrush i'm in extreme pain and it look as though my tongue is splitting is this normal ?

Thrush: Thrush can cause extreme pain and may affect your tongue. Consult your doctor. There are medications that can help you. ...Read more

28

28
1y with oral thrush.I've used daktarin,no effect.I finished 14 days ketoconazol, but immediately finished, tongue seems the same.Is it healde desease?

1y with oral thrush.I've used daktarin,no effect.I finished 14 days ketoconazol, but immediately finished, tongue seems the same.Is it healde desease?

Mgt/workup: If the thrush has persisted, then another course of anti fungal medication may be used. If your child experiences no improvement or has had multiple other infections, I would ask your PCP to consider an immune workup. ...Read more

30

30
Thrush, and tingling tongue and lips?

Its very possible: Hopefully yo are being treated with ananti-fungal such as Nystatin or some other med. ...Read more

Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
614 doctors shared insights

Oral Thrush (Definition)

Oral thrush or oral candidiasis is a yeast infection of the mouth. White plaques are present on the inner side of cheeks of the mouth. The tongue may also have a white coat. Treatment is by antifungal liquid, tablets or troches. Thrush can occur when the normal flora of the mouth is disturbed such as during antibiotics, oral ...Read more


Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
1,408 doctors shared insights

Candidiasis (Definition)

Candidiasis is an infection caused by a specific group of fungi or yeast that usually occur in warm, moist parts of the body. Common symptoms include ...Read more