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Cough And White Tongue
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. ...Read more
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
Severe Cough, White Tongue, Occasional Sneeze, Pain in right lower jaw (Gum) or Right side of head, Feel confused since this started, please help.
My kidneys are hurting, have bad chest pain and headache, coughing up phlem. Started with white tongue, dizziness, sweating & tiredness, what is wrong?
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. ...Read more
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! ...Read more
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). ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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 ...Read more
Used klricid 500mg bd. Now white tongue & perserive taste s irritating. How can I develop taste buds?
Are there any hormonal conditions that may cause a white tongue? My tongue looks whitish. Not in a patch, not rough, not painful, uniformally.
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. ...Read more
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
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
You recommend a tongue scraper to clean a white tongue, tried them before, any particular type or make & exactly how do you use them?
Tongue: Cleaning your tongue is a good oral hygiene. You can pick the type which suits the best. ...Read more
White Tongue?: White buildup on the tongue could contribute to some bad breath situations. Bad breath or halitosis can be caused by other conditions, such as gingivitis or gum disease, medications or medical problems, types of food in your diet, smoking, alcohol. Your dentist can prescribe a treatment for halitosis after he/she determines the cause of the problem. ...Read more
Tongue blade: Go buy a tongue blade that is used to remove the white buildup on your tongue and then brush 2x daily. ...Read more
Candidiasis/thrush: A fungal infection can cause inflammation in the mouth, nose, throat, genitals and any consistently moist area like a fold of skin. The clinical signs can be fever, pain, intense itching and rash in addition the white coating of the tongue and throat. See your doctor for an evaluation. ...Read more
Does my white tongue have to be due to hiv? I was recently check and was negative. Can this still be due to HIV even if my test is negative?
Tongue: White material on your tongue can certainly be a candida fungal infection-common on both HIV after antibiotic or inhaler steroid use; could also be a plaque-coating or cigarette damage. If blood test HIV negative, chances are good but not perfect that you are not infected with the virus. Try a tongue scraper and rinse with a good antimicrobial mouthwash. See your dentist for evaluation. ...Read more
The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more