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Can we stop this white tongue coating from forming. Does it line our throats right down?

Can we stop this white tongue coating from forming. Does it line our throats right down?

Brush tongue: Try brushing your tongue to remove the coating. Usually there is food and bacterial debris on the tongue that causes the coating. Allergies and post nasal drip can cause your throat to be sore and have the feeling that there is something in the back of your throat. ...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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Lm suffering from very thick tongue coating or actually it`s mucus in nature which makes me have halitosis. And this is very impressive &irretative pr?

Lm suffering from very thick tongue coating or actually it`s mucus in nature which makes me have halitosis. And this is very impressive &irretative pr?

Suggestion: I would suggest scraping it off with a brush or better yet a tongue scrapper... If it does not come off or the halitosis does not improve... See your dentist for other options and a diagnosis. ...Read more

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I get white tongue coating when taking flagyl. Any way to prevent?

I get white tongue coating when taking flagyl. Any way to prevent?

Need more info: 1) How often, and why, are you taking flagyl? 2) Do you get similar white coating or discharge on other mucus membranes, such as the vagina or anus? 3) Have you been treated for oral thrush, with any anti-fungal medicines, like clotrimazole or nystatin? Rarely, persistent oral thrush can indicate HIV infection (AIDS). See a doctor to get a quick painless test to rule out this possibility. ...Read more

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Can untreated chronic post nasal drip for well over a decade cause mouth issues, like tongue coating and dry mouth, scalloped tongue?

Can untreated chronic post nasal drip for well over a decade cause mouth issues, like tongue coating and dry mouth, scalloped tongue?

Yes: Yes, the chronic post nasal drip is likely causing you to be more of a mouth breather. This causes change in the quality and character of the saliva hence dry mouth, coated tongue, probably bad breath, etc. The scalloped or crenated tongue may be an indication of other health issues such as hypothyroidism ...Read more

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White coating on tongue that comes off with baking soda. Comes back few hours later. Is this coating normal. Dr not concerned. Permanent solution?

White coating on tongue that comes off with baking soda. Comes back few hours later. Is this coating normal. Dr not concerned. Permanent solution?

Tongue and mouth: When you start to look closely at the body, things might seem strange or weird. The mouth has alot of structures in it that can look very bizarre if you stare too long. Good you showed this to a doc -I would trust that opinion. You can show Health Tap docs too by uploading a pic. Probably this is just a mucous film -try drinking more fluids. I like to 'rinse' throughout the day -helps the breath 2 ...Read more

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Is it normal to get get a white coating on the tongue?

Is it normal to get get a white coating on the tongue?

Usually: White tongue is a coating of debris, bacteria and dead cells on your tongue that makes it look white. Although the appearance of white tongue may be alarming, the condition is usually harmless and temporary. However, white tongue can be an indication of some serious conditions, ranging from infection to a precancerous condition. If you're concerned about a white coating call your dentist. ...Read more

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I am careless in cleaning tongue. Now few days before I noticed white coating with red small taste buds like bumps back of tongue. Is it normal?

I am careless in cleaning tongue. Now few days before I noticed white coating with red small taste buds like bumps back of tongue. Is it normal?

Normal...: Normal tongue anatomy... In regards to the whitish areas... Your tongue can trap plaque on the surface in the hairlike projections of the papilla... Especially during colds... Advise the use of a tongue scraper to remove plaque and the associated excess bacteria... ...Read more

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Is tongue normally red with a thin white coating? & is oral thrush painful or painless? I would know it if I had it?

Is tongue normally red with a thin white coating? & is oral thrush painful or painless? I would know it if I had it?

Probably not: It doesn't sound like a thrush infection. Try brushing you tongue to remove the whit e coating on it. Thrush occurs in adults with a compromised immune system. The lesions are white with a cottage cheese like appearance. Mouth can be burning or painful. Pain with swallowing sometimes a loss of taste. See you dentist if you are concerned. ...Read more

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I wake up my tongue is clear, after l have a coffee it gets a light white coating. Recently had thrush. Is coating normal or the thrush hasn't gone?

I wake up my tongue is clear, after l have a coffee it gets a light white coating. Recently had thrush. Is coating normal or the thrush hasn't gone?

Further details need: Is the white coating only present after coffee? Thrush can commonly recur if you have risk factors such as use of steroid inhaler for asthma. However there are other conditions requiring further evaluation that can commonly mimic thrush. I would see a physician to get a physician and evaluate in person. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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Any connections with white/yellow coated tongue and liver issues? Pain under right rib for a year. All bloodwork/US/CTscan normal. Still concerned.

Liver issue?: If all of your labs, ultrasound, and CT scan are completely normal, why are you concerned about a possible liver issue? Is there more to the story than you have shared with us? I would follow up with your doctor or a gastroenterologist for the next step in trying to figure out the cause of your right-sided abdominal pain. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it normal to see the vallate papillae in a healthy tongue? Is it normal they look like swollen red bumps? Or is it an indication of something wrong when also having a white coated tongue?

Is it normal to see the vallate papillae in a healthy tongue? Is it normal they look like swollen red bumps? Or is it an indication of something wrong when also having a white coated tongue?

Thrush: A swollen red tongue with a white coating sounds like thrush (yeast infection of the mouth and throat). This is very rare in an adult and is often a sign of another more serious health problem like HIV infection or uncontrolled diabetes. Please, please see your doctor to get checked out! ...Read more

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My throat culture & sensitivity c/s report says "organism: moderate growth streptococcus viridans group" is this normal, I've white coating on tongue?

Possible fungal...: Overgrowth. If you have cultures, you are probably already on an antibiotic for something. S. Viridens is a common oral bacteria that we all have on some level. Yours may be higher than normal but the white on your tongue could be candidiasis from a lack of "regular" bacteria that keep it down. Try 1/2 hydrogen peroxide/ 1/2 or mouthwash, brush your tongue, if no luck see a dr. May need nystatin. ...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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Brown coating on the tongue what are the causes?

Brown coating on the tongue what are the causes?

Your GI: YOUR TONGUE MOST OF THE TIME REPRESENT OR A REFLEXION LIKE A MIRROR TO YOUR GI SYSTEM YOU NEED TO CHECK YOUR GI SYSTEM, DIARRHEA VS CONSTIPATION, FOOD YOU ATE, MEDICATION YOU ARE TAKING, ALL OF THESE COULD REFLECT ON THE STATUS AND THE COLOR OF THE TONGUE. ...Read more

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What can cause a coating on my tongue? Too many baked goods?

Brush it: Maybe....So bring all of your baked goods down to my office! Seriously, I doubt you have a big problem, but see your dentist to confirm. Geographic tongue can make your tongue look funny, but you can also have an overgrowth of papillae, coffee stains, etc. Try brushing your tongue aggressively with your toothbrush or a tongue scraper available at your drug store. ...Read more

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On cleaning my tongue with a tongue cleaner, white slimy coating comes out. What is that?

Oral bacteria: Did you know the human bite is much more dangerous from infection than an animal bite? We have bacteria that live in our mouths (on our tongues, on our teeth, etc). The "white slime" is plaque. Use a Fluoride rinse after brushing; this will help decrease the bacteria amount in your mouth. Brush and floss twice a day, if you can. ...Read more