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Doctor insights on: Purple Tongue Disease

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What is blue tongue disease?

What is blue tongue disease?

Possible condition: Oral literature doesn't describe a condition with such name.
Nevertheless, the tongue can show bluish or reddish in different types of diseases. In an adult like you, it could be inflammation of the blood vessels on ventral area of tongue (varicosities) due to lose of elasticity of blood vessels, showing blue through the mucosa due to venous blood irrigation. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

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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What's strawberry tongue disease?

What's strawberry tongue disease?

Not a disease: It is not a disease but rather a symptom of something else going on.
It is commonly seen in scarlet fever, vitamin deficiencies, kawasaki syndrome and toxic shock syndrome. ...Read more

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Why can smoking cause tongue disease?

Why can smoking cause tongue disease?

It's a poison: The chemicals in cigarette smoke cause alterations in cellular dna and can eventually lead to cancer. ...Read more

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Can we differentiate with pictures and explanation between fissured and pathological tongue disease? I am worry and not sure what I have.

Can we differentiate with pictures and explanation between fissured and pathological tongue disease? I am worry and not sure what I have.

Yes and no: Fissured tongue really isn't a disease. It's just a characteristic that some people have. For an example, I've included a photo of fissured tongue. There are differing degrees as well, some more or less pronounced. If there is a concern that you have some sort of pathology, see a dentist for a professional opinion. ...Read more

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What does purple bumps on your tongue mean?

What does purple bumps on your tongue mean?

Nothing: Your tongue is filled with bumps, which may be pink or purple. Most likely it is a normal tongue, but check with your dentist to make sure. ...Read more

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Tongue has purple spots on it, is this worrying?

Tongue has purple spots on it, is this worrying?

Purple spots: It might be blood clots or varicose veins. However, it should be clinically seen and evaluated by your dentist. Without personally examining you, we have no way of knowing what in fact it is and not all lesions are benign. ...Read more

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What are causes of purple bumps on side of tongue?

They may be normal: See your dentist for a clinical examination to see if your require treatment. ...Read more

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Brownish purple spot on tongue, should I be concerned?

Brownish purple spot on tongue, should I be concerned?

Probably Not: It is most likely normal, but see your dentist to be sure. ...Read more

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What are the little purple spots under and on your tongue?

What are the little purple spots under and on your tongue?

Normal: With the lack of a clinical exam, I would like to call those spots the terminal end of blood vessels. However if they are new spots that you have never seen before, then you may need to have them checked by a dentist. Some common allergies may be expressed by splotches. ...Read more

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Why do I have a purple patch under my tongue? Is it something serious

Why do I have a purple patch under my tongue? Is it something serious

The area under your: Tongue is highly vascular. You are likely just seeing exposed vessels. This is unlikely to be anything abnormal but this cannot be verified without seeing the area of concern. Make an appointment with a dentist or other health care provider for evaluation. ...Read more

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Why do I have purple spots on my tongue?

Get checked: May be an irritated taste bud, may be an irritation, either way this should be evaluated by a dentist and then possibly an oral surgeon if the dentist cannot determine why it is there. ...Read more

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My baby has purple spot on his tongue what could it be?

My baby has purple spot on his tongue what could it be?

A few things: It could be a blood vessel, a small blood clot, benign blood growth or something else. Have your pediatrician or pedodontist take a look at it so you will know exactly what it is. ...Read more

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I have a purple spot on my tongue. What could it be? Is it harmful?

I have a purple spot on my tongue. What could it be? Is it harmful?

May be not: Purple spot on tongue is harmless in most cases. It can be developmental, staining due to some dye, tongue piercing or because of injury while biting.
if it is persisting for more than a month, please visit a dentist ...Read more

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Why would my grandson have a purple tongue?

Food or drinks: Think about what your grandson ate or drank recently. Many foods, drinks, candies will stain tongues. ...Read more

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Bit tongue, it's now hard, purple. When will it heal?

Bit tongue, it's now hard, purple. When will it heal?

A week or so: You probably got some bleeding under the surface (like a bruise). This typically takes a week or so to heal. I recommend eating soft foods in the meantime to avoid further problems. ...Read more

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Why do I have a bluish-purple spot on the bottom of my tongue?

Why do I have a bluish-purple spot on the bottom of my tongue?

See image: If the blue spot is like the one circled in white, that is a vein, the sublingual vein. There are 2, one on left & one on right of underside of tongue. If the spot u mention is different, see fp or ENT to have it checked out. ...Read more

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I have a purple bump under my tongue next to purple vains. Is it serious?

Many possiblities: Depending on how long the bump has been there and /or pain is associated with it. A purple bump under the tongue could have different causes from infection to normal varicose vein. An injury to the area, an infection of the sublingual salivary glands could also present itself as a purple bump. The area needs to be checked by a dentist or ENT. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the bottom of my new tongue ring has purple around the ball?

What does it mean if the bottom of my new tongue ring has purple around the ball?

If brand new: This might just be from trauma - bleeding into tissue. However, if there is significant swelling, heat, redness, increased pain, purulent drainage - the would require medical intervention. ...Read more

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The two purple vains under my tongue hurt and there are tiny clear bumps under it.?

Purple veins: It's quite common to have "purple veins" under your tongue. However without personally examining you we can't determine the cause of the pain, the nature of the tiny clear bumps, nor if anything requires treatment. See your local General Dentist or an Oral Surgeon for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Hello, right underneath my tongue is purple and it hurts, but not while I an chewing only when my tongue is at rest does it hurt?

Vein: If it's purple it's probably a superficial vein with some inflammation due to varicosity or clot. It'sost likely not dangerous but any new lump in the mouth needs to be checked in person by your doctor ...Read more

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For the last three years the back of my tongue has been dark purple. It does change, get lighter but never 100% uniform. I am in good health.?

For the last three years the back of my tongue has been dark purple. It does change, get lighter but never 100% uniform. I am in good health.?

Coated tongue?: It' probably a coating on your tongue and could be related to many factors. In order to get it diagnosed accurately, you will need to see a dentist (or oral surgeon) who may refer you to a physician (or ENT specialist) depending upon his\her findings. ...Read more

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What's the dark purple veins on your tongue?

What's the dark purple veins on your tongue?

Vein under tongue: They are just that-veins! Sometimes they may become darker if the flow of blood is dimished-like vericose veins in the legs. ...Read more

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Why do I have a large purple lump on the right side of my tongue?

Get it checked: There are several things that may cause this and it is not possible to give you a good answer. You need to see you dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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Found dark purple mark back side tongue looks like veins and hurts?

Found dark purple mark back side tongue looks like veins and hurts?

Physical exam: You need to have this area examined in person by your physician. A painful tongue lesion has many etiologies. Sometimes a biopsy (small piece) needs to be removed and examined under a microscope for a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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A bluish purple spot has appeared on my tongue that hurts. What is it? Is it dangerous?

Tongue lesion: Probably a venous lake. Better get it looked at or do a virtual consult ...Read more

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I've just come back from africa and the top of my tongue is green and purple. What could this be?

See your doctor: Not sure what this is, but I would see your doctor for a physical exam. Also, ask about a nearby travel medicine clinic. They may be able to help. Welcome home. ...Read more

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I have 2 purple-blue-ish marks on the top of my tongue, on each side, my dentist told me that its nothing to be concerned about, should I be worried?

I have 2 purple-blue-ish marks on the top of my tongue, on each side, my dentist told me that its nothing to be concerned about, should I be worried?

Do you.....: Do you trust your dentist? If you do, then you should trust his\her judgement and advice. If you don't, find another dentist whom you do. Did you ask what the marks actually were? If not, then please do as this should allay your fears. My guess would be small varicose veins at or near the surface. ...Read more

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I have a small purple/black lump on the left side of my tongue that has gotten larger over the past year. It feels like there is a "knot". What is it?

No guessing..: Guessing what this might be is a disservice to you. It is not a normal part of your anatomy, and may be absolutely benign, or more serious, especially if you are a smoker or used chewing tobacco, which we do not know. Call an oral surgeon for an appointment asap. ...Read more