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How long doe it take to develop lukoplakia. I have been a very inconsistent smoker for about a year. I developed a white discoloration under tongue 19?

How long doe it take to develop lukoplakia. I have been a very inconsistent smoker for about a year. I developed a white discoloration under tongue 19?

It depends: Because developing leukoplakia so quickly and at your age would be uncommon I must question the diagnosis. A dentist might know. Otherwise, might have your family doc take a look? ...Read more

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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Is having irregular patches of discoloration on the tongue a mark of something?

Is having irregular patches of discoloration on the tongue a mark of something?

Tongue looks patchy: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of tongue that looks patchy 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 some discoloration and some bumps on the bottom of my tongue. Should I be worried?

Varicosities: The most common reason for this are varicose veins. This is usually common and quite harmless depending on your general health and if there are any other issues. There can be other reasons. Have your Doctor check them at your bext visit ...Read more

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I have noticed a hard painless lump on the right top of my tongue. No discoloration and not very noticeable. What could this be?

I have noticed a hard painless lump on the right top of my tongue. No discoloration and not very noticeable. What could this be?

Contact dentist: Did you see your dentist? Did the dentist perform an oral cancer screen? There are many variables, from biting your tongue to something more ominous. See the dentist and if needed, you will be referred to an oral maxillofacial surgeon for a follow up and possible biopsy. ...Read more

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Small white round discoloration side of tongue-Not ulcerated-not a lump. Flat surface with very slightly different texture than rest of side of tongue?

Small white round discoloration side of tongue-Not ulcerated-not a lump. Flat surface with very slightly different texture than rest of side of tongue?

See your dentist!: There are many possibilities, but for solitary lesions of the tongue, I always refer patients to their dentist or an oral surgeon, just on the very rare chance that it's some kind of oral cancer or precancerous lesion. Again, this is rare, particularly for a 33-year old, but it always has to be ruled out. Other possibilities are geographic tongue, leukoplakia, thrush, oral lichen planus. ...Read more

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Can Zoloft (sertraline) cause discoloration/bad taste on tongue?

Can Zoloft (sertraline) cause discoloration/bad taste on tongue?

Sertraline rx: Zoloft (sertraline) can dissolve on the tongue or back of tongue / throat and burn with a bad taste. If swallowed well and whole, Zoloft (sertraline) can lead to a serotonin surge, like other SSRI meds, and this surge includes nausea, perhaps reflux, and odd GI and CNS sensations ...Read more

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My daughter has a strange lump under tongue. Has radiated to other side. No pain, just suddenly appeared. No discoloration. I have a photo. ?

My daughter has a strange lump under tongue. Has radiated to other side. No pain, just suddenly appeared. No discoloration. I have a photo. ?

Doctor Visit: Tongue abnormalities are treated best by the speciality Otolarygology or ENT(ear,nose, and throat) doctors.
Could be tumor that needs biopsy and diagnosis. Could be blocked salivary duct, stone, or even blood clot.
More information is needed in addition to the photo.
Best to start with a PCP and then specialist if needed. ...Read more

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On the side of my tongue, there is some scalloping. There is a very small, flat, barely noticeable spot of discoloration: 3mm at most. Cancer?

On the side of my tongue, there is some scalloping. There is a very small, flat, barely noticeable spot of discoloration: 3mm at most. Cancer?

Tricky.: Dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. Scalloping with discoloration would indeed be a presentation of precancerous / cancerous changes. These are RARE in young people. ANd, dental problems iwth chronic biting/irritation of the tongue MUCH more common.
Cannot say in your particular case, but generally, ...Read more

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Tongue pierced 8 days ago wanted to try it out. May have messed it up. No swelling, no puss, no discoloration but it randomly bleeds. What to do?

Oral surgeon: Please have an oral surgeon examine your tongue asap. There are blood vessels that are larger than fine capillaries in tongue, and when it is damaged it may continue to bleed. Even then, it should stop eventually. What you are experiencing may be slow clotting of blood, which itself also needs to be looked at as well. Open wound in mouth attract may harmful bacteria to enter the body. See os asap. ...Read more

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Son has infection under tongue, white,?crooked?, frendelum...some sores, rest of mouth has no visible discoloration/infection.

Son has infection under tongue, white,?crooked?, frendelum...some sores, rest of mouth has no visible discoloration/infection.

Possible viral ...: Tongue, oral mucosa — inflammation — could be either viral (as herpes — cold sores") or fungal as " oral thrush'. Sometime bacterial but wonder tongue uncommon (unless injured). For relieve recommend arm water with salt gargle and rinses. Liquid bland diet. If he has severe pain or fever, swollen glands. He should be seen by doctor. Mild discomfort can be also relieve day ibuprofen,tylenol ...Read more

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Chemical burn on tongue from oregano oil. Only discoloration is red and irritation. Will my tongue heal and return back to normal?

Chemical burn on tongue from oregano oil. Only discoloration is red and irritation. Will my tongue heal and return back to normal?

Tongue burn: Should completely recover unless third degree burn. Avoid smoking. alcohol, spicy foods. Can do rinses with baking soda, 1/2 tsp in 8oz of lukewarm water. ...Read more

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Tip of tongue has been sore for over a week. No signs of discoloration or swelling. Sensation is similar to a burned tongue from coffee. Suggestions?

Tip of tongue has been sore for over a week. No signs of discoloration or swelling. Sensation is similar to a burned tongue from coffee. Suggestions?

Get assessed: Many possible causes, need medical assistance to diagnose this. Varied causes, sounds like could be burning mouth syndrome or glossopyria but want to rule out other things as well prior to ruling this in ...Read more

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40 years female, known diabetic, complaints of black discoloration patches over the tongue and buccal mucosa with oral ulcer. What is the diagnosis?

40 years female, known diabetic, complaints of black discoloration patches over the tongue and buccal mucosa with oral ulcer. What is the diagnosis?

Needs evaluation: New onset lesions and discoloration need proper professional evaluation. Most often are benign changes related to systemic causes but only a full medical and dental evaluation can determine the etiology. A biopsy is also often necessary to make a final diagnosis. ...Read more

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Felt ill. Chills and bad sore throat. Maybe a cold? Same today. Noticed small discoloration on tongue on side (no black) and bump near back. CANCER?

Felt ill.  Chills and bad sore throat.  Maybe a cold? Same today. Noticed small discoloration on tongue on side (no black) and bump near back. CANCER?

NO….: BUMPS are:Taste buds most likely.
Cold and Sore throat: URI, gargle with salt and warm water, try "Advil cold and sinus" medicine for symptomatic relief and Ginger tea/Steam Inhalation for other home remedies.
If not better in 24 hours call us on HT prime or contact your doctor. ...Read more

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My 1 month old has milk stain tongue. It does not seem to bother her but should I wooffrry? I've tried to wipe it she will let me but it won't come off

My 1 month old has milk stain tongue. It does not seem to bother her but should I wooffrry? I've tried to wipe it she will let me but it won't come off

Thrush: Thrush is an infection of the mouth caused by the candida fungus, also known as yeast. Candida infection is not limited to the mouth; it can occur in other parts of the body as well, causing diaper rash. Thrush can affect anyone, though it occurs most often in babies and toddlers, older adults, and people with weakened immune system. You need to see a dentist or a doctor for proper diagnosis/tx. ...Read more

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This morning I saw an orange stain on my tongue and brushed it off easily. However, I washed my tongue yesterday before going to bed. What could it be?

This morning I saw an orange stain on my tongue and brushed it off easily. However, I washed my tongue yesterday before going to bed. What could it be?

Orange stain?: If it happened only once i wouldn't be concerned about it. If continues to occur, think about what you are eating and drinking as it is probably related. I have never seen an orange tongue but I guess it could be bacterial, fungal or a result of acid reflux? You would have to have a dentist or ENT specialist examine you when it is present in order to try to solve this mystery. ...Read more

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How can you tell the difference between thrush and just milk stain on the tongue of a 1-month-old?

How can you tell the difference between thrush and just milk stain on the tongue of a 1-month-old?

Thrush vs. milk: Sometimes it can be challenging to tell the difference between early thrush and retained milk on the tongue. Generally, milk will wipe away when gently scraped, but thrush will not. Thrush on the tongue will generally spread to the inner cheeks, gums and roof of mouth if untreated. Rapid progression of white patches is suggestive of thrush. ...Read more

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Infant black tongue. Tried nystatin, then swabbed for culture and tried fluconazole, no yeast on culture. Dr said iron stain? Doesn't get supplement.

Infant black tongue. Tried nystatin, then swabbed for culture and tried fluconazole, no yeast on culture. Dr said iron stain? Doesn't get supplement.

Prob okay, but...: Hairy black tongue can occur in infants because of infection or failure of the tongue papillae (bumps) to properly shed their cells like it should. It is important to distinguish if the black could be melanin, since that might indicated a skin disorder. Black 'spots' can also be a sign of a genetic condition, so it is important to have this evaluated further, likely with biopsy. ...Read more

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I have discoloration skin in the corners of my mouth. What should I do?

I have discoloration skin in the corners of my mouth. What should I do?

Usually irritation.: Something called cheilitis is present. This is area at the corner of the lips that is irritated and sometimes cracking. This may come from illness but more likely is that excessive licking in the corner areas. Sometimes associated with vitamin deficiency. If you eat a normal diet and do not do substance abuse this should go away easily. Use of lip moisturizer and drying the area will help ...Read more

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What causes a yellow discoloration on the roof of your mouth and throat?

What causes a yellow discoloration on the roof of your mouth and throat?

Hard to say: Hard to say without more information. Recent, forever? If it concerns you, get evaluated by oral & maxillofacial surgeon ...Read more

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I have discoloration around the mouth area. What could be the cause and treatment?

I have discoloration around the mouth area. What could be the cause and treatment?

Exam: Although this could be related to oral thrush, without a photo, I suggest that you follow up with your private physician or see a dermatologist for treatment. ...Read more

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Is discoloration of your mouth a sign of oral cancer?

Is discoloration of your mouth a sign of oral cancer?

Yes: Mouth cancers are usually identified by a white discoloration (leukoplakia), reddened areas which may bleed, or rarely a dark blue or brown area which may reflect pigment cell overgrowth (melanoma). ...Read more

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Sir I had discoloration in my lower lip inside the mouth?

Discoloration: You should see an oral surgeon or a plastic surgeon. ...Read more

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What would cause a rashlike discoloration around the mouth of a 3-year-old?

What would cause a rashlike discoloration around the mouth of a 3-year-old?

Perioral rash: Causes of this type of rash can be: wetness from teething, food allergies, eczema, drooling from saliva, sucking the binky with drooling, and irritation from topical medications. ...Read more

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My 5 year old hit her mouth on a chair 2 days ago. At first her tooth was fine now it is quite loose. There is no discoloration. Is it likely it can b?

My 5 year old hit her mouth on a chair 2 days ago. At first her tooth was fine now it is quite loose. There is no discoloration. Is it likely it can b?

See a pedodontist: It is very important to maintain baby teeth because these teeth hold space for the future eruption of permanent teeth. See a pediatric dentist for evaluation and x-ray. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a discoloration at the corner of my mouth. It looks like eczema. I have been using nixoderm for about 2 weeks now, but I don't see any difference?

I have a discoloration at the corner of my mouth. It looks like eczema. I have been using nixoderm for about 2 weeks now, but I don't see any difference?

See doc: The most common type of rash leading to discoloration in the corners of the mouth is something called angular chelitis aka perleche. This arises due to an increase in moisture which causes irritation and sometimes a yeast component. Any information on the skin/lips especially in darker skinned individuals can lead to a discoloration. However, I would go see a doctor to probably diagnose and treat this. ...Read more

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What causes pink spots on the roof of your mouth with purple discoloration?

Several posibilities: Get somebody professional (dentist, doctor) to look at these and give you their impression. Must be seen to be diagnosed. ...Read more