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Dark Mark On Tongue
Yes I have dark marks under my tongue with skin that looks like it's peeling off what would this be lots of redness 2?
Exam: See an oral surgeon or ENT doc for diagnosis. ...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
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
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
Is it normal for the back of the tongue to be darker than the front? When I pulled my tongue out I noticed the difference in color.
Not usually: Not usually. If you have any symptoms, have your doc or an oral surgeon look at it. ...Read more
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
He has black patches on side of his tongue from birth. Now it's color is becoming little darker. Is it something to concern.
Black patches: Congenital lingual melanosis. Almost always benign.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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?
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
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
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
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
Biopsy: A professional should evaluate the area. Usually if the area doesn't disappear in 2 weeks the area should be biopsied. ...Read more
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
Small patch in the middle of tongue darker than normal has bled once or twice before? Only irritated after drinking
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
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
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
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
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
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
Noticed small discoloration on the L side of tongue (darker like a burn, not black). and 1 small bump normal color on each side l/r on back of tongue?
See a doctor: See a doctor and get checked.Get a more detailed answer ›
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
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
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