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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Tongue Atrophy

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I'm 43 I have myotonia (not sure if md or mc) it bothers me most in my tongue. It looks to me it's wasting. Any treatment to stop atrophy in my tongue?

Stay proactive: You need to know whether you have myotonic dystrophy or myotonia congenita, or something else you also have the right to know its exact genetic signature -- this is the 21st century. Neither disease is particularly treatable, but getting the exact information will enable you to join clinical studies and have what you need for support group membership. Sorry I can't offer more, good luck. ...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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Are dry mouth and vaginal dryness and atrophy related? Tested negative for sjorgens. I am recently postmenopausal.

Are dry mouth and vaginal dryness and atrophy related? Tested negative for sjorgens. I am recently postmenopausal.

Yes all related: Yes, they are related. Sjodren's syndrome affects all mucuos membranes: mouth, vagina, nose and eyes. Discuss with physician about treatment. With dry mouth, you run the risk of developing cavities very quickly. You must brush and floss daily and I would also add a daily Fluoride rinse, such as act or fluorigard, but not added in a mouthwash. Mouthwashes have alcohol that dries out mouth. ...Read more

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What can cause fisures on your tongue?

What can cause fisures on your tongue?

Truly unknown: Definitive cause is not known, but is quite common, more so in some genetic disease such as down and melkerson-rosenthal syndromes, sacoidosis etc... It is typically just a finding, not a symptom...As most have no pain etc...Glossitis or inflammation of tongue can cause pain/burning etc. And have several causes...If you have pain/burning etc...Consult doc.
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What causes wounds on the tongue and what's the cure?

What causes wounds on the tongue and what's the cure?

Aphthous ulcers: Recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) is a common condition, restricted to the mouth, that typically starts in childhood or adolescence as recurrent small, round, or ovoid ulcers with circumscribed margins, erythematous haloes, and yellow or gray floors. A positive family history of similar ulcers is common, and the natural history is typically of resolution in the third decade of life. ...Read more

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My tongue is always white, what are the causes and cure?

My tongue is always white, what are the causes and cure?

Tongue Film: That white will go away if you brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper. Everyone's oral chemistry varies. Be sure you do not start having pain/stinging symptoms. It could be a bacterial/viral infection requiring lab testing.. ...Read more

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What causes geographic tongue?

What causes geographic tongue?

Unknown: Geographic tongue is a benign condition where parts of the tongue swell and other parts become smooth, leading to a MAP like appearance. The cause is unknown. ...Read more

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What causes a white furry tongue?

White Furry Tongue: A white furry tongue could be many things. It could be a yeast infection? It could be a precursor to something more severe. Go see your Dentist, Oral Surgeon, or ENT (ear, nose, and Throat) Doctor. The solution could be something as simple as a tongue scraper, a mouth wash, or a medication. Do not ignore this. ...Read more

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What is the cause of dry yellowish tongue?

What is the cause of dry yellowish tongue?

Yellow tongue: This is likely elongated papilla or taste buds that have not broken off and sloughed like they should normally. Eat a balanced diet with fruits and vegetables. If that does not work then you can brush the tongue with your toothbrush or get a tongue rake to break them off. You can get this at the pharmacy. Good luck and feel better! ...Read more

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What causes bumps to appear on your tongue?

Normal: Normally the surface of your tongue is covered with papillae. About 2/3 of the way back there are other shaped structures back there. Sometimes areas drop down and you see areas with smooth borders which looked to doctors like a map - hence the term geographic tongue. ...Read more

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What is geographic tongue and what causes it?

Lesions on tongue: Geographic tongue is a marvelous, descriptive name for one of the most common medical conditions of the tongue. It looks like several large, red, slightly depressed, unusually smooth patches on the surface of the tongue. Often the red areas are bordered with distinct white bands. The sharp borders of these irregularly shaped lesions give the surface of the tongue the appearance of a map. ...Read more

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Are there any theories or speculations as to what causes geographic tongue?

Are there any theories or speculations as to what causes geographic tongue?

Geographic Tongue: Geographic tongue occurs when parts of the tongue are missing layers of small bumps called papillae. They normally cover the entire upper layer of your tongue. Why do you lose these papillae with geographic tongue? Nobody knows for sure. However, because geographic tongue tends to run in families, genetics may be a common link. ...Read more

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Are there any speculations as to what causes geographic tongue? Any modern studies?

Are there any speculations as to what causes geographic tongue? Any modern studies?

Cause unknown: While the cause is unknown some have speculated that there is a link to some other skin conditions like psoriasis. Some speculate that it is a low level allergy reaction. ...Read more

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What causes lump inside tongue?

ENT or Oral surgeon: You should get your tongue looked out by an ear, nose and throat physician or by an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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What are causes of tongue skin tags?

What are causes of tongue skin tags?

Trauma: What you are describing is a fibro-epithelial polyp. These are thought to be caused by minor trauma from cheek or lip biting. People of varying ages can be affected by these polyps. Treatment is surgical removal. However, it is best to have them checked and possibly biopsied by an oral surgeon or dermatologist. ...Read more

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Cause of tongue pretrusion in. A toddler?

Cause of tongue pretrusion in. A toddler?

Breathing obstructio: Breathing may be difficult due to swelling in throat. I suggest a visit to a doctor asap. ...Read more

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What causes the feeling of swallowing your tongue?

tongue swelling: Tongue swelling is a common feature in an allergic reaction. The release of histamine by allergy mediating cells known as mast cells can cause tongue and face swelling. Other causes include infection, trauma like biting your tongue, growth in the tongue, certain medications, autoimmune disease and a foreign body lodged in the tongue as well as acid reflux from the stomach. ...Read more

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What are non-neurological causes of tongue deviation?

Many: Not all tongue deviations are neurological. Some things like tumors may be at fault. I would suggest that if this is your problem a consultation with an ear, nose & throat specialist is in order. ...Read more

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What could cause your tongue to twitch uncontrollably?

What could cause your tongue to twitch uncontrollably?

Fasciculations: Tongue twitching could be fasciculations of the muscle. This should be evaluated to be sure it is not associated with other medical conditions. ...Read more

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What causes tongue cancer?

What causes tongue cancer?

Most common cause: Is tobacco use, although alcohol and human papilloma virus can be causative agents. ...Read more

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What causes tongue ulcers?

What causes tongue ulcers?

Tongue ulcers: Some are the result of a viral infection from the herpes simplex virus. Some are mouth ulcers (aphthous ulcers), which are of unknown origin, but are thought to occur from stress, injury (biting the tongue), acidic foods, hormonal changes, allergies, or certain systemic diseases. ...Read more

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What causes tongue swelling?

Many things: Dr. Kwok's answer is thorough. Keep in mind tongue swelling *can* be a life threatening problem if severe. If you have severe swelling, feel like you are having trouble breathing, call 911 or head to the er. If you take an ace-inhibitor (lisinopril or other -pril medicine) make sure you get this checked out asap as those medicines can cause a very rare but serious allergic reaction. ...Read more

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What caused my optic atrophy?

What caused my optic atrophy?

Birth defect. MS: Optic atrophy occurs whenever the nerve or blood supply to the main optic nerve is disrupted. This can be present at birth, is associated with some inherited diseases and can occurs in adults after trauma, blood vessel dysfunction, multiple sclerosis and occasionally with no identifiable cause. See your neuro-ophthalmolgist to sort this out. ...Read more

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What causes fat atrophy in heel.

What causes fat atrophy in heel.

Steroid injections: Can cause this as can genetics and aging. ...Read more

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Causes for tip of tongue to be numb?

Causes for tip of tongue to be numb?

Numbness: A long standing numbness anywhere in the mouth if
its long standing is not a good sign. Do not wait
see an oral surgeon for
evaluation asap. It could be a serious sign of something wrong. ...Read more

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Can tongue piercing cause an anuerysm?

Can tongue piercing cause an anuerysm?

Don't know about: An aneursym but if can cause hemorrhaging. The tongue is very vascular and puncture of a large vessel could cause uncontrolled bleeding. ...Read more

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Slightly swollen tongue cause for alarm?

Slightly swollen tongue cause for alarm?

Number of Causes: Of a tongue swelling include infections, allergies, injuries and systemic disorders, just to name a few. The majority of tongue problems are not serious and can be resolved on it's own. However, if you have a swollen tongue that doesn't go away within two weeks, you should consult a doctor or a dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Can geographic tongue cause acid reflux?

Can geographic tongue cause acid reflux?

No: A geographic tongue does not cause acid reflux from the stomach. A geographic tongue is probably not capable of causing stomach symptoms... but that doesn't mean a person can't have stomach symptoms and have a geographic tongue at the same time. ...Read more

Atrophy (Definition)

Atrophy usually refers to the skin-as you get older or if you have had alot of sun in the past-the dermis (that is the layer below the top layer which is called the epidermis) gets thinner and the skin looks more wrinked. Muscles and fat can also get thinner -this is another form of atrophy. Even the top layer gets thinner ...Read more