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My 3 yr old has a 'barky' cough, very white tongue over the back half, runny nose and has had a fever on and off for a few days. Should I see a doc?

My 3 yr old has a 'barky' cough, very white tongue over the back half, runny nose and has had a fever on and off for a few days. Should I see a doc?

Yes: Your description sounds like an infection. Barky coughs are generally part of a croup type illness which involve the vocal cords and just below that area. Other infections can cause similar symptoms. As this is part of the airway, breathing problems can happen. The white tongue may be a yeast infection or thrush. Treat her fever and make sure she is taking fluids and have her assessed.

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Severe Cough, White Tongue, Occasional Sneeze, Pain in right lower jaw (Gum) or Right side of head, Feel confused since this started, please help.

Severe Cough, White Tongue, Occasional Sneeze, Pain in right lower jaw (Gum) or Right side of head, Feel confused since this started, please help.

Get examined: Given your history and your other medical conditions, you should have a doctor listen to your lungs, check your oxygen level, and give you a full evaluation, possibly including a chest xray. I would head to an urgent care or to your PCP TODAY.

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Fever 101-102 off and on. Coughing. Swollen throat. White tongue. Vomiting. Diarreah. Headache. Hard to breath or swallow. Since thanksgiving 2015?

Something wrong: If this has been present for this long, you need immediate medical attention. Get tested for HIV also if you have any risk factor.

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Sore throat 3 days ago. Now pus pocket rt side throat white tongue dry cough very painful to swallow low fever 1st day but not since rt node sensitv?

Sore throat 3 days ago. Now pus pocket rt side throat white tongue dry cough very painful to swallow low fever 1st day but not since rt node sensitv?

Dr. Can check throat: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is bothersome, recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). A couple days of throat lozenges and tylenol (acetaminophen) can decrease throat pain.

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Unprotected sex 10 months ago. Dry cough dry itchy skin. Red bumps on thighs. White tongue. Cuts won't heal. Athletes foot. Nail changes Oral hiv neg?

Unprotected sex 10 months ago. Dry cough dry itchy skin. Red bumps on thighs. White tongue. Cuts won't heal. Athletes foot. Nail changes Oral hiv neg?

HIV: Sounds like you're having some pretty common health annoyances & are worried they're due to HIV. First, the chance of of getting HIV from 1 encounter is very low (1 in 1250 exposures for vaginal penetration). The oral HIV tests are pretty accurate (about 92%) but to be extra sure and give you peace of mind, call your gyn or PCP to get a blood test. It's quick and confidential. Good luck!

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I was wondering is it normal to have white tongue.?

I was wondering is it normal to have white tongue.?

White tongue?: All white? No. Slight white coating only on top, maybe. You need to be personally examined. Some white coatings are common and benign while others may reflect oral thrush, leukoplakia, lichen planus, or some other serious conditions. See a local oral surgeon for a diagnosis (and possible biopsy).

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Is there a cure for white tongue?

Is there a cure for white tongue?

Brush your tongue: It is common for the tongue to have a white coating. This is food and bacterial debris that can be cleaned with a tongue screr or brush. This debris can cause bad breath. There are other causes of a white coating also. This can be thrush, infection, allergies, if you are have sensitivity, pain or burning it is a good idea to, have this checked by a dentist.

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Can doctors tell me what does my white tongue mean?

Can doctors tell me what does my white tongue mean?

Several possiblities: White tongue could be something as simple as hairy tongue; in which case a tongue scraper is all you need. But is could also be a fungal infection. Best get it checked out by a dentist for diagnosis.

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Is white tongue contagious? Really worried about this problem

Is white tongue contagious? Really worried about this problem

ManyCauses: There are many causes of white tongue from dry mouth, dehydration, poor oral hygiene, smoking&tobacco use, alcohol use, mouth breathing, from dental appliances, certain meds. To infections like oral thrush and other Usually it is not contagious but rarely it can be Get it checked by your Doctor if it is of concern

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I get a white tongue and it smells, what could this be and how do I cure it?

I get a white tongue and it smells, what could this be and how do I cure it?

YEAST: Sounds like you may have "thrush" a yeast infection! You need to see a Health Care Professional to prescribe an anti-fungal mouth wash...Your Dentist may be able to help! Hope this helps Dr Z

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Used klricid 500mg bd. Now white tongue & perserive taste s irritating. How can I develop taste buds?

Used klricid 500mg bd. Now white tongue & perserive taste s irritating. How can I develop taste buds?

Clarithromycin: Klaricid like any antibiotic kills good bacteria as well as bad ones. The good bacteria also inhibit thrush. Try yogurt and probiotic. If that fails might need medication for thrush.

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For as long as I can remember had a white tongue and through googling it I have started to worry myself just lookin for some info what it could be.

For as long as I can remember had a white tongue and through googling it I have started to worry myself just lookin for some info what it could be.

Probably: Since you have seen this for "as long as you can remember" it has no significance. Yet, for your piece of mind go the you family practitioner.

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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.

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I've got a white tongue with dots?

I've got a white tongue with dots?

Yeast irritation: Thrush, aka yeast is a distinct possibility. It can turn your tongue a shiny red and alter your taste. Easily treated with an oral antifungal swish and swallow. You will need a prescription from your doc. Be well.

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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.

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How will I know what does a white tongue mean?

Fungal infection: The white tongue is often a sign of a fungal infection. Have you been on antibiotics? Is your immune system immunosuppresed? If the white rubs off and leaves a smooth red tongue, see your dentist for treatment of the fungal infection. The treatment can be will mouth rinses, creams, or pills.

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Can you tell me is having a white tongue normal?

Can you tell me is having a white tongue normal?

No: A pink tongue is normal. See a dentist to determine what is causing your white tongue. It could be a number of things and it requires a medical history and a one on one clinical exam to determine the exact cause.

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Is a white tongue healthy and if not how can I bring it back to a normal pink color?

Is a white tongue healthy and if not how can I bring it back to a normal pink color?

Not healthy: Does your tongue hurt? If not, it may be a heavy build up of plaque (bacteria) on the tongue. A tongue scraper is very effective to remove it. It will bring the pink color back and make your breath better. A toothbrush will remove some of it, but a scraper works best and has less gagging with it.

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White Patches On Tongue (Definition)

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