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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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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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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 have red/white bumps on the back of my tongue with some white coating. Also yellow coating in middle of tongue with few bleeding taste buds.

If tender, see doc.: If your tongue is sore, or feels "burnt", this could be a yeast infection called thrush. See a doctor to be sure ...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. I'm 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. I'm 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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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.

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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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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yellow coating on tongue that comes off when brushing but comes back. Was on amoxicillin for 10 days could this be the cause? I have good oral health

yellow coating on tongue that comes off when brushing but comes back. Was on amoxicillin for 10 days could this be the cause? I have good oral health

May be thrush: It is possible it is a yeast infection/ thrush/ candidiasis. It's not uncommon to acquire a yeast infection after taking antibiotics. Note if the yellow coating is anywhere else in the mouth. See a dentist or doctor for appropriate diagnosis and prescription. ...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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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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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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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

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My tongue has been swollen for a week I started to get patches of yellow thick coating on my tongue. And the other patches is just flesh what is wrong?

My tongue has been swollen for a week I started to get patches of yellow thick coating on my tongue. And the other patches is just flesh what is wrong?

Thrush: The most common cause of the symptoms you describe is thrush. This is a yeast infection that typically occurs after prolonged or frequent antibiotic use but can happen for a variety of reasons, such as in patients who's immune system is weak and diabetics. Visit an ENT doctor. The treatment is usually a medicated mouthwash. ...Read more

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Can thrush on tongue be scraped off? Tongue yellow, white thick coating and can't be scraped off. Dr said thrush. 4 days lozenges not better. Was abx

Can thrush on tongue be scraped off? Tongue yellow, white thick coating and can't be scraped off. Dr said thrush. 4 days lozenges not better. Was abx

Yes: A white coating on your tongue that can't be scraped off and particularly doesn't respond to antifungals may have several other etiologies, but one of the other really common possibilities is gastroesophageal reflux, which can be significant even if you don't have heartburn. I would get that checked out, and if not the case, see a dermatologist ...Read more

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I have a yellow coating on my tongue and difficulty swallowing. What could it be?

Possible Infection: The yellow coating may possibly be candidiasis or thrush, a fungal or yeast infection which can cause some pain with swallowing. You need to be evaluated to determine the cause of your symptoms and have the appropriate treatment prescribed. ...Read more

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I have a yellow coating on the sides of my tongue what could this be?

I have a yellow coating on the sides of my tongue what could this be?

Check immunity: Thrush is considered an opportunistic infection, meaning it will generally only infect people who have an immune system weakened by infection, medications or primary immune deficiency. Oral antifungal medications are available by prescription. ...Read more

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I have yellow-green coating on my tongue, red patches, and my breath smells like a tonsilith (which I do not have at the moment).?

I have yellow-green coating on my tongue, red patches, and my breath smells like a tonsilith (which I do not have at the moment).?

Your symptoms: Your symptoms require a one on one medical and dental history and personal clinical examination to diagnose and treat. See either your General Dentist or Primary Care Physician depending upon your best guess as to whether it is dental or medical in origin. ...Read more

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Bad taste in mouth, yellow coating on tongue, lansoprazole not worked. What now?

Bad taste in mouth, yellow coating on tongue, lansoprazole not worked. What now?

See your doctor: There is no way of knowing without having an examination. I would urge you to get to a physician or dentist to try to determine what the cause and solution to the problem would be. ...Read more

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I found a thin yellow coat on my tongue. What can cause this problem. Also my nose drains bad at night. Can this b the cause of this problem?

I found a thin yellow coat on my tongue. What can cause this problem. Also my nose drains bad at night. Can this b the cause of this problem?

Could be: A post nasal drip, allergies or a sinus infections can lead to a coated tongue. Clean your tongue by brushing it or using a tongue scraper will remove the coating and help keep your breath feesher. Treating the sinus problem or allergies will provide long term solution. ...Read more

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When I look at my tongue it is covered in a white/yellow coat? I have lumps the same colour of my tongue that seem to go all the way into my throat?

When I look at my tongue it is covered in a white/yellow coat? I have lumps the same colour of my tongue that seem to go all the way into my throat?

Oral thrush?: You may have a yeast infection in the mouth - oral thrush but that needs to be differentiated from other things including normal coating from food. Especially if you are generally healthy and not at risk for poor immune system. I will recommend getting a check up with your doctor, not only to diagnose and treat the mouth condition but for proper preventive care. ...Read more

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I have a light yellow coating on my toungue along with I think inflamed taste buds. It hurts! What could this be?

I have a light yellow coating on my toungue along with I think inflamed taste buds. It hurts! What could this be?

Tongue coating: It is hard to say what is causing the pain and coating in your tongue. Could be allergies, viral, or many other causes. Try brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper to remove the coating. If the pain persists see your dentist and have this checked. Good luck. ...Read more

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Started to get a bit of yellow coating in the middle of toungue after I started taking omprezole 20mg tablet is it normal prescription from my ent?

Normal: Prilosec (omeprazole is a drug prescribed to deal with git ulcers and acid re-flux. Like many drugs, taking that medicine could be accompanied with some side effects. Tongue coating is one of them. Nothing to worry about. Ask your dr if you could take vitamin b-12 with it. Some time the flora gets affected with medicine and fungus infection could occur. Manifesting itself with tongue coating. ...Read more

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Can major anxiety cause your tongue to feel swollen along with hypothyroid and also I have awful acid reflux?

Can major anxiety cause your tongue to feel swollen along with hypothyroid and also I have awful acid reflux?

The whole 9 yards: I am afraid secondary to your anxiety, you're mixing up everything in one pot. Swollen tongue, hypothyroidism, and acid reflux are all separate entities and are not related to your anxiety. ...Read more

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Can fat tongue be unrelated to hypothyroidism?

Can fat tongue be unrelated to hypothyroidism?

Yes it can: You have to investigate the matter further to determine the cause of the tongue swelling assuming that the thyroid level is controlled,
are you under treatment for the hypothyroidism? ...Read more

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Can an enlarged tongue be caused by hypothyroid if hormone tests normal levels?

Can an enlarged tongue be caused by hypothyroid if hormone tests normal levels?

See MD: Persistently enlarged tongue can be caused by a number of disorders including, Down Syndrome, cretinism, hypothyroidism, multiple myeloma, acromegaly, amyloidosis, sarcoidosis and superior vena cava syndrome.
It can also be idiopathic (no known cause).
See MD for evaluation. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a protruding tongue for congenital hypothyroidism?

YES.: One of the clinical signs of hypothyroidism is the enlargement of the tongue due to accumulation of (glycosaminoglycans) tissue. This condition is accompanied by other signs also. Since the tongue grows big, it will be a "normal" condition for the same to protrude. ...Read more

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Swelling and discolored hands and foot, veins that swell and shrink, redish/purple dots, yellow foamy urine, swollen lymphnoid, I do have hypothyroids?

Swelling and discolored hands and foot, veins that swell and shrink, redish/purple dots, yellow foamy urine, swollen lymphnoid, I do have hypothyroids?

Get an exam: With these multiple symptoms, you need a comprehensive exam and good blood work up. Don't delay. Good luck and feel better. ...Read more

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Hypothyroidism (Definition)

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