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Tongue Enlarged Papillae
Fungus?: It's impossible to make a diagnosis based just on one sign. However, the majority of common white lesions of the tongue are fungal. It's usually "candidiasis, " or what you might call "thrush." that's not something that easily goes away by itself. You should see a dentist & get some medication. More importantly, your dentist needs to rule out other problems which are potentially dangerous. Get help. ...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
Enlarged tongue: The tongue is a very interesting organ. It's really nothing more than a large muscle. It tends to accommodate whatever space it is given. It's size is related to your teeth and your bite. Large tongues are usually caused by a large open bite, where the tongue fills the space between the teeth, or also by having no teeth (edentulous) to contain the tongue. It can be corrected surgically. ...Read more
White coating on tongue, enlarged papillae on back of tongue, mouth feels raw/burns,sore throat, globus sensation, clogged ears, no fever?
Tongue lymph tissue : Tonsils are lymph tissue generally & part of the lymphatic system of the immune system. Swollen lingual tonsils, at the base of the tongue, may indicate some type of allergic or immune issue. Keep a diary: food, drinks & toothpaste (flavors) could trigger an immune response. Gastric reflux or sinus drainage could affect this lymph tissue also. Sleep breathing problems could be involved. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dry mouth, allergies: Tongue papilla require moistness for proper function. If you suffer from dry mouth, do not drink enough water, or have had an allergic reaction to food, the papillae will enlarge. Make sure to stay hydrated, use a dry mouth mouthwash like biotene twice daily after brushing, and if it persists, see a dentist to make sure it is simply inflammation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not typically: Gastric malt lymphoma is usually characterized by being localized to the stomach alone. The back of the tongue is a part of another lymphatic region known as waldeyer's ring and people can develop lymphoma there, but swollen tastebuds is not a common appearance for lymphoma. So they are not guaranteed to be related. If you have a gastric malt and are suspicious, see an ent. ...Read more
Variety of things: The uvula may be enlarged from inflammation, infection, or it may be congenital. If the symptoms of snoring or sleep disorder are present, you may want to get a sleep study to make sure that your oxygen saturation at time of sleep is within normal limits. If you are totally asymptomatic, do nothing. ...Read more
Sore throat, bright red throat and tonsils, swollen tonsils, looks like tonsil stones in deep tonsillar crypts, swollen lymph nodes. Go to doctor?
Yep: New onset sore throat, with redness, discolored patches needs to be evaluated for strep throat. If a rapid strep test is negative, ask for a throat culture, Since 1 to 3 out of 10 rapid strep tests have false negatives & strep is missed. As long as strep is treated within 10 days the risk of acquiring rheumatic fever is minimal. So go to an UC today or see doc tomorrow. Now if had for 10 days. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Discomfort in throat (not really sore,) looks like tonsil stones in deep tonsillar crypt, red throat, swollen tonsils, swollen/painful lymph nodes?
Cryptic Tonsils: You have what are called cryptic tonsils. They have folds and holes in them that food particles get stuck in. You can gargle deeply or use a water pick to help get the particles out, but ultimately the treatment is to remove the tonsils. This is done if they are constantly or recurrently inflamed or infected, if one has severe bad breath. ...Read more
Soar taste buds. Red raised spots on tip of tongue. Taste buds are the only spot effected. Use chewing tobacco?
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