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Causes Of Tongue Atrophy
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 (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
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
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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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
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
Not normal: Have a dentist take a look since this is not a normal happening, and could be something major. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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