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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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What do you think about my big papilla? It is half brown.You can see it in my gallery.It is on the left of the picture, at the top of the tongue.
Normal: Though attention-getting, these are normal "taste buds" and you need need not worry. ...Read more