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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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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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What STD causes soar throat and white coating on tongue?

What STD causes soar throat and white coating on tongue?

Sore throat: You probably have a virus caused by an enterovirus that is responsible for your sore throat and coated tongue. A enterovirus does not cause an std ...Read more

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What causes a white furry tongue?

White Furry Tongue: A white furry tongue could be many things. It could be a yeast infection? It could be a precursor to something more severe. Go see your Dentist, Oral Surgeon, or ENT (ear,nose, and Throat) Doctor. The solution could be something as simple as a tongue scraper, a mouth wash, or a medication. Do not ignore this. ...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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What would cause a yellowish coated tongue?

What would cause a yellowish coated tongue?

See your dentist: Candida albicans is a fungus accumulates usually on your tongue or inner cheeks. The condition is a minor problem if you're healthy. Candida infections can occur when your immune system is weakened by disease or drugs such as steroids. Eating unsweetened yogurt and acidophilus capsules will solve the problem. Rec.: see your dentist if the condition gets painful. ...Read more

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Can dehydration cause white fuzzy tongue?

Can dehydration cause white fuzzy tongue?

Maybe : Dehydration may decrease your salivary flow, which is a natural protector of oral tissue. ...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 a white tounge?

What causes a white tounge?

A few causes: The most common infection that causes a white tongue is candidiasis or "thrush" of the tongue, which is a fungal infection. Other causes are viral, such as oral hairy leukoplakia. Another cause is simply non-infectious film from food or drink which coats the tongue. White patches are called leukoplakia and should be evaluated as there is a 15 to 20 % chance of cancer in leukoplakia of the tongue. ...Read more

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My tongue is always yellow coated?

Tongue scraper: Use a tongue scraper daily for one week ad if there is no improvement see your dentist to determine if any treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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What does a grey, white thick coating on tongue and bad taste in mouth mean?

What does a grey, white thick coating on tongue and bad taste in mouth mean?

Could be a host: Of reasons. Best to consult with a dentist if you haven't been to one recently and exercise very good oral hygiene including brushing your tongue. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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White tongue and dry throat?

White tongue and dry throat?

Could be related: Regardless this requires a review of your medical and dental history as well as a one on one clinical exam. See your dentist for that. The internet is great for gathering basic general information but can't replace the doctor\patient relationship visit. ...Read more

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What are some causes of sore tongue with white patches?

What are some causes of sore tongue with white patches?

White: Anything white, on tissue that should be pink, should be investigated. Could be thrush, lichen planus, candida, albicans, bacterial infection, herpes, leukoplakia, cancer, traumatic ulceration, or many other things. See dentist for differential diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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What can cause a white hairy tongue and red bumps?

Multiple causes: Nutritional deficiencies, reduced health status, immune compromise, overgrowth of candida albicans, exposure to wide spectrum antibiotics are potential causes. The red spots are probably taste buds, the white parts foliate papilla, parton the tongue that is normally pink. ...Read more

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Red bumps on back of my tongue, white small coating on tongue. After tongue brushing taste buds appeared. No pain/itchy. Roof is yelllowish. What is it?

Red bumps on back of my tongue, white small coating on tongue. After tongue brushing taste buds appeared. No pain/itchy. Roof is yelllowish. What is it?

NORMAL: The description you give sounds like normal larger taste buds(papilla) covered by food debris or plaque removed by your more aggressive cleaning. The lack of symptoms also suggests this diagnosis. A more effective cleaning regimen, helped by a dental evaluation should take care of the problem. ...Read more

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Recently had a viral infection. Noticed white roof of mouth, furry white tongue, and yellow/red/white spots at back of mouth.

Recently had a viral infection. Noticed white roof of mouth, furry white tongue, and yellow/red/white spots at back of mouth.

Oral Thrush?: What you describe may be candidiasis or oral thrush, which is a fungal infection and easily treated by your dentist (or physician). However, you need to have it looked at to confirm the diagnosis and then have proper treatment. ...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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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?

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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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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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?

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

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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White Patches On Tongue (Definition)

Leukoplakia describes a white patch, however it is not a diagnosis. Often the white patch is a fungal infection. See your physician ...Read more