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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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Found dark purple mark back side tongue looks like veins and hurts?

Found dark purple mark back side tongue looks like veins and hurts?

Physical exam: You need to have this area examined in person by your physician. A painful tongue lesion has many etiologies. Sometimes a biopsy (small piece) needs to be removed and examined under a microscope for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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Dark patch on side of tongue?

Could be: Pigment or a large vein. Generally nothing to worry about however I would have my dentist check it to be on the safe side as I cannot diagnose inn this medium. ...Read more

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A dark brown line has appeared on my daughters tongue. It doesn't hurt but I wondered if it's anything to worry about?

A dark brown line has appeared on my daughters tongue. It doesn't hurt but I wondered if it's anything to worry about?

Possible concern: There are different causes for discoloration of the tongue. It can be as simple as a staining from a particular food to something more concerning like a fungal infection. I would recommend that you get her evaluated by her medical provider if it hasn't gone away over the next couple of days. In the meantime you can have her swish and spit with some warm salt water (2 oz water to 1 teaspoon of salt ...Read more

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Dark red lesion under tongue, what could it be? No pain.

Dark red lesion under tongue, what could it be? No pain.

A number of things: This could be a number of possibilities that would be too numerous to disclose in this format. Please see your dentist. ...Read more

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I have a dark patch in left tip of tongue. Doesn't bother me, but I wonder what can it be. Does not hurt or anything, but I have had it for a while.

Tongue abnormality: Oral diagnosis requires a good exam and in some cases, a biopsy. You really need to see a dentist, oral surgeon, or otolaryngologist. ...Read more

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Hi, I have a few tiny dark dots at the tip of my tongue. They've been there for a few years but haven't faded or spread. Should I be worried anyway?

Hi, I have a few tiny dark dots at the tip of my tongue. They've been there for a few years but haven't faded or spread. Should I be worried anyway?

NOT: To worry! . ..but wouldn't "hurt" to show these to your Dentist... (or your PCP at your next regular visit)

Hope this is helpful
Dr Z ...Read more

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What's the cause of dark red specks underneath the tongue?

What's the cause of dark red specks underneath the tongue?

Tongue: What you may be seeing are varicosities or veins close to the surface on the underside of the tongue. Are they uncomfortable or do they change position? If yes, see your dentist. ...Read more

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I just noticed I have red dark specs underneath my tongue?

I just noticed I have red dark specs underneath my tongue?

Although need 2bseen: It's doubtful it is anything serious. It could be small blood vessels, irritation, etc. If you want to be sure, have your own dentist take a look at it. ...Read more

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Why would the veins under my tongue be dark in colour?

Why would the veins under my tongue be dark in colour?

Common: This is common and most likely normal. There is a large number of superficial veins just below the under surface of the tongue. This is the reason that medications can be absorbed into the blood stream by placement medications "under the tongue". The overlying skin of the base of the tongue is very thin. Thus, veins may look prominent and dark in color. ...Read more

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I have a dark round purplish spot on left side of tongue. Whatcould it be?

Biopsy: A professional should evaluate the area. Usually if the area doesn't disappear in 2 weeks the area should be biopsied. ...Read more

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I have a little dark spot on the left side of my tongue. What could it be?

I have a little dark spot on the left side of my tongue. What could it be?

Many things: A dark spot may or may not be something serious. The only way to be sure is to see a dentist for an evaluation. Consider if there is any pain or tenderness associated with the lesion? Is is flat or raised? And finally have you realized it has persisted beyond 2 weeks? I wouldn't get too excited from answers here as we are limited with just text questions, so see a dentist just in case. ...Read more

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Dark spots and white bumps on underside of tongue, what could be the causes or conditions?

Dark spots and white bumps on underside of tongue, what could be the causes or conditions?

Many things: This could be thrush or normal pigmantation
or something else go to your dentist and havehim or her take a look. ...Read more

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Small patch in the middle of tongue darker than normal has bled once or twice before? Only irritated after drinking

Small patch in the middle of tongue darker than normal has bled once or twice before? Only irritated after drinking

Not sure: Without seeing your tongue, it is impossible to say.
Go see your dentist to have it evaluated.
In the mean time, make sure you brush it well, even if it bleeds...It might bleed out what is causing the problem.
Also, rinse with warm salt water or listerine.
If you are a smoker, quit now: it might be irritation and staining from smoking. ...Read more

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I suddently notices big dark spot on the side of my tongue, and there is a small dark spot on the other side of my tongue can u please help me?

Hemangioma: The dark spots may be a hemangioma of tongue. They are often raised dark or purplish growths caused by swelling and outgrowing of veins, appear like blood bubbles. They are benign but can be removed if get in the way of eating or looks unpleasant. They can appear any time, at many places. We commonly see them on older adults on lips. See dentist to confirm what you see. ...Read more

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I have this little patch on the left side of my tongue, about half the size of a 5p. Normal pinky colour but a little darker, No pain. Comes and goes?

I have this little patch on the left side of my tongue, about half the size of a 5p. Normal pinky colour but a little darker, No pain. Comes and goes?

Needs to be seen: It's impossible to diagnose and advise you without it actually being seen. See a healthcare professional (General Dentist, Oral Surgeon, ENT specialist). ...Read more

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What's the dark purple veins on your tongue?

What's the dark purple veins on your tongue?

Vein under tongue: They are just that-veins! Sometimes they may become darker if the flow of blood is dimished-like vericose veins in the legs. ...Read more

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Dark red veins under your tongue indicates what?

Sublingual veins: .. Are very large and provide a convenient area to get meds such as nitroglycerine into your system quickly. Many people have visually striking veins here. ...Read more

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I have a dark red flat painless spot on top of my tongue. What could it be?

Multiple options: You could have a benign condition called benign migratory glossitis, and it could be a host of other options. Your best way to discover if this is something to worry about would be to contact your dentist and have this evaluated professionally. ...Read more

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For the last three years the back of my tongue has been dark purple. It does change, get lighter but never 100% uniform. I am in good health.?

For the last three years the back of my tongue has been dark purple. It does change, get lighter but never 100% uniform. I am in good health.?

Coated tongue?: It' probably a coating on your tongue and could be related to many factors. In order to get it diagnosed accurately, you will need to see a dentist (or oral surgeon) who may refer you to a physician (or ENT specialist) depending upon his\her findings. ...Read more

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I started taking Bio-x4 (as a probiotic)a few days ago. Now my tongue is turning a dark brown color. Is it from the pills or something else & why?

I started taking Bio-x4 (as a probiotic)a few days ago. Now my tongue is turning a dark brown color. Is it from the pills or something else & why?

Bio-x4 is a: Supplement that is promoted as a weight control product with digestive enzymes and probiotics. Ingredients include lactobacillus acidophilus, bifidobacterium blend, amylase, lipase, bromelain, green tea extract. While not a frequently reported side effect, I believe it is possible one of these could discolor the tongue. Stop Bio-x4 and observe; if tongue improves you could rechallenge or be happy ...Read more

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My 7 yo son has a patch on his tongue that is a darker shade than the rest. Looks like someone cut a layer off. Rest is whiteish. No pain. Any ideas?

My 7 yo son has a patch on his tongue that is a darker shade than the rest. Looks like someone cut a layer off. Rest is whiteish. No pain. Any ideas?

Geographic tongue: There are some that demonstrate a process called the geographic tongue. This is more descriptive as sometimes it can look like continents (gray) surrounded by sea (pink-red). The tongue is populated by thick cells that accumulate & turn grayish. They shed periodically, replaced by newer pink-red cells. If older cells separate in a big patch, this appearance is seen. It is benign. ...Read more

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Foliate papillae that is on the side of the tongue. I have one that is dark redish black pretty far back on one side. Did not bite it or change diet.?

Foliate papillae that is on the side of the tongue. I have one that is dark redish black pretty far back on one side. Did not bite it or change diet.?

Tricky to say: Wihtout seeing it, it's pretty tricky. One of the pappilae being different from the others is a bit unusual. Discoloration of the tongue from food or post-nasal drip isn't that unusual. Tumor, small burn or food reaction.... ...Read more

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Tiny dark spot on the wharton duct below my tongue. No pain. No swelling. What could it be?

Tiny dark spot on the wharton duct below my tongue. No pain. No swelling. What could it be?

See a dentist first: Some conditions like small dark spot on the Wharton duct may require further assessment; tests and your dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment or refer you to a specialist to determine a diagnosis. See your dentist first for evaluation. ...Read more

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Both sides of my tongue have really dark veins. I've never noticed before. Is this normal?

Both sides of my tongue have really dark veins. I've never noticed before. Is this normal?

Probably normal...: Veins carry low oxygen blood back to the heart and are darker in color than oxygen-rich blood. Shallow vessels are more obvious in color. A large superficial pair of tongue veins (ranine veins) are quite obvious on exam (see picture). Enlarged varicose veins at base of the tongue have been reported in some cases of liver disease. If these are new, simple exam and liver labs may be in order. ...Read more