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The back of my tongue is stained yellow, with a whitish coating as well only on the back. I have terrible acid reflux, could that be the reason?

The back of my tongue is stained yellow, with a whitish coating as well only on the back. I have terrible acid reflux, could that be the reason?

It's possible...: ...To get a coating on the tongue as a sign of severe acid reflux. However, there are many other reasons why your tongue could have an appearance of a coating. To sort it out, you should see your primary doctor or a gastroenterologist. In the mean time, try adding liquid or chewable antacids to your current anti-reflux regimen, while you are waiting for your appointment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

The thyroid gland is an endocrine organ located in the front part of the neck. Its role is to make thyroid hormones, which control the way cells use energy. Hyperthyroidism results when the thyroid gland is overactive and too much thyroid hormone is produced, which speeds up metabolism. This results in weight loss, a quick heartbeat, sweating, nervousness, ...Read more


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My tongue has a yellow coating on the sides and back of it. Was wondering what could cause this. I have been having body temperature issues recently.

My tongue has a yellow coating on the sides and back of it. Was wondering what could cause this. I have been having body temperature issues recently.

Coated tongue: Your tongue may be coated due to an infection called thrush. The fever that you have been having may also be related. It is very important that you see your doctor to evaluate the cause of your fever. Take care. ...Read more

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I noticed yellow coating on my tongue also raised bumps in the back of my tongue. Along with burping. Im going to the dr tomorrow. What could it be?

I noticed  yellow coating on my tongue also raised bumps in the back of my tongue. Along with burping. Im going to the dr tomorrow. What could it be?

Many causes???: Hard to determine without a thorough history and exam. Has this occurred before. Meds, supplements, trauma, etc., may cause. If in doubt and if it persists, see a dr. And/or a dentist. ...Read more

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My tongue has had a thick yellow coating towards the back for the past 3 weeks and the dentist is concerned. What could it be?

Yellow coating: Since we have not seen you clinically, nor do we know your medical and dental history, we would only be guessing. This should be discussed with your dentist. ...Read more

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Why does this yellow coating on my tongue keep coming back?

Why does this yellow coating on my tongue keep coming back?

Brush tongue: The coating is plaque, the same thing that builds up on your teeth. Brushing your to gue or using a tongue scraper will remove it. But must like the plaque on your teeth it will keep co inge back. It can be worse when you are sick, like with a cold or virus, or certain foods. Some people have more than other.Tongue cleaning will keep it under comtrol. ...Read more

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I have a thin white coating on my tongue. Nothing thick, sometimes it looks a little yellow in the back. Scraping doesn't work and it doesn't hurt.

Many reasons: Many reasons one may be lichen planus. Could be diet. Do you smoke? Multiple medications could dry the mouth and make the tongue white. Could be yeast or candidiasis . You need to seek medical or dental attention. ...Read more

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I have a thick yellow coating on my tongue. All the time?

I have a thick yellow coating on my tongue. All the time?

Nonspecific: Tongue coating is very nonspecific and sometimes related to digestive issues, but on many occasions there is no pathology. I wouldn't be concerned about it if you have no symptoms. Use your toothbrush to wipe it away. Your dentist may have more advice for you. ...Read more

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What causes a yellow coating on tongue? I have a history of malignant pancreatic NET.

What causes a yellow coating on tongue? I have a history of malignant pancreatic NET.

Maybe thrush(fungus): 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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My tongue has a yellow coating on it. Could it be thrush?

My tongue has a yellow coating on it. Could it be thrush?

yellow tongue: It could be thrush altough the thrush infections I have seen are white in color. See an oral surgeon asap for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Hi , I have a yellow/ green coating on my tongue constantly.. Which only goes away when I brush it. I have to brush it really vigorously.

Hi , I have a yellow/ green coating on my tongue constantly.. Which only goes away when I brush it. I have to brush it really vigorously.

Have it checked: This type of discoloration could be from sinus drainage, dry mouth, the types of food you ingest, etc. So it would be a good idea to have this evaluated by your dentist. ...Read more