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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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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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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

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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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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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