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A non fungal hairy tongue that is only an elongated filiform papilla. Is there any way to clear the tongue with topical medication; scrapers/etc don't?

Elongated papilla: Other than the unsightly nature of the elongated papilla, there is nothing medically i can recommend for you to get rid of them. I tell my patients to brush their tongue and use tongue rakes to try to break them off and not make them so noticeable. If you smoke they will be very annoying as they will be black and unsightly. I wish there was a better treatment. Good luck and good health. ...Read more

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What is foliate papillae?

What is foliate papillae?

Part of tongue: Folate (folic acid) papilla are located on the sides and towards the back of your tongue. You need to pull out your tongue to see them. They are not taste buds, but they are covered with taste buds. The name comes because they are supposed to look like leaves of a book on its side. ...Read more

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What is the dermis papillae?

What is the dermis papillae?

Dermal papillae: Are projections of the connective tissue of the skin into and around the top layers of the skin, the epidermis. Try to picture an egg carton - the dermal papillae are the parts of the carton that separate the eggs and keep them fron touching. The protrusions that hold the eggs are called rete ridges, and are part of the epidermis. ...Read more

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Why does tongue papilla get inflammed?

Why does tongue papilla get inflammed?

Dry mouth, allergies: Tongue papilla require moistness for proper function. If you suffer from dry mouth, do not drink enough water, or have had an allergic reaction to food, the papillae will enlarge. Make sure to stay hydrated, use a dry mouth mouthwash like biotene twice daily after brushing, and if it persists, see a dentist to make sure it is simply inflammation. ...Read more

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What is the most common type of papillae in the tongue ?

What is the most common type of papillae in the tongue ?

Filiform: Tongue has three different papillae: Fungiform Filiform Circumvallate Filiform Papillae are the most common type. ...Read more

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Is it common to have large papilla in front of the circumvallate line of taste buds?

Is it common to have large papilla in front of the circumvallate line of taste buds?

Normal anatomy: Circumvallate papillae are they large taste buds on the tongue and ffoliate papillae (short folds). They are a normal anatomical structures of your tongue. If concerned, see your dentist for consultation. ...Read more

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What could be the possible cause of sudden enlarging of the papillae on the back of the tongue?

What could be the possible cause of sudden enlarging of the papillae on the back of the tongue?

Probably normal: Everyone has 10-14 large papillae (circumvallate papillae) on the far back of the tongue. They can be hard to see, and when first noticed it is easy to believe they have just appeared or enlarged. Google "circumvallate papillae photos" and compare with what you have noticed. If that's not it or if in doubt, ask your doc or or dentist. Almost certainly this is nothing serious or harmful. ...Read more

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