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Doctor insights on: What A Healthy Tongue Looks Like

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Is hairy tongue dangerous? My boyfriend has developed hairy tongue and we don't know why. It looks disgusting, but is there anything we might have to worry about health-wise? .

Is hairy tongue dangerous? My boyfriend has developed hairy tongue and we don't know why. It looks disgusting, but is there anything we might have to worry about health-wise? .

Black,: Black, hairy tongue is a temporary, harmless (benign), painless oral condition that gives your tongue a dark, furry appearance. The distinct look of black, hairy tongue usually results from an overgrowth of bacteria in the mouth. Although black, hairy tongue may look alarming, it doesn't cause any health problems. Black, hairy tongue usually resolves without medical treatment. Signs and symptoms of black, hairy tongue include: black, yellow or brown discoloration of the tongue a hairy or furry appearance of the tongue altered taste or metallic taste in mouth bad breath (halitosis) gagging sensation in some people black, hairy tongue typically results when projections on the tongue called papillae grow longer (elongate) and don't shed like normal. This makes the tongue look hairy. Debris, bacteria or other organisms can collect on the papillae and result in black, yellow or brown discoloration. The cause of black, hairy tongue can't always be determined. However, potential causes include: changes in the normal bacteria or yeast content of the mouth following antibiotic use poor oral hygiene breathing through your mouth medications containing bismuth, such as pepto-bismol regular use of mouthwashes containing oxidizing agents, such as peroxide, or astringent agents, such as witch hazel or menthol heavy tobacco use when to see a doctor though unattractive, black, hairy tongue is usually a temporary, harmless condition. See your doctor if: you're concerned about the appearance of your tongue your signs and symptoms persist for more than 10 days black, hairy tongue typically doesn't require medical treatment. Though unattractive, it's a temporary, harmless condition. Practicing good oral hygiene and eliminating factors that potentially contribute to the condition — such as tobacco use or medications that contain bismuth — help resolve black, hairy tongue. Talk to your doctor or dentist before discontinuing a prescribed medication. Source: mayo clinic web site mayo clinic - black hairy tongue.

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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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Have a bright red mark under my tongue, looks like a broken blood vessel. What would cause this? I am a healthy 50yr old female.

Have a bright red mark under my tongue, looks like a broken blood vessel. What would cause this? I am a healthy 50yr old female.

See your dentist: Could be a broken vessel or hematoma from injury (toothbrush, food, etc.), but tough to tell without a photo. There are many blood vessels (varices) under the tongue-some can appear large and superficial--hence the large purplish-red area. Could be a benign lesion of blood vessels (hemangioma) or a "port-wine stain". Lack of pain does not equal safe. Get it checked out by your dentist to be sure.

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Mild very Mild shock sensation on Left side of Tongue for a Year. Oral Surgeon said tongue looks healthy and I need aI MRI on central brain Why???????

Mild very Mild shock sensation on Left side of Tongue for a Year. Oral Surgeon said tongue looks healthy and I need aI MRI on central brain Why???????

Think about it: They asked John Dillinger why he robbed banks. He said, "That's where the money is." All sensation is perceived by the brain. Sensory nerve impulses are transmitted from the nerve to intermediary nerves and ultimately to the brain. My advice: see a neurologist; get a careful history-taking & neurologic exam. If (s)he wants you to have an MRI, do it. That's where the money is.

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This is what my blue tongue looks like. I woke up at 12:30 a.M. This morning it was not blue. Woke up at 5:30 it was blue.

This is what my blue tongue looks like. I woke up at 12:30 a.M. This morning it was not blue. Woke up at 5:30 it was blue.

Blue Tongue?: Have your dentist or physician look at your tongue when it 'is blue' so someone can figure out why (if you can't). We can't diagnose these things over the internet.

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What might be what looks like ulcers on tongue but actually isn't?

What might be what looks like ulcers on tongue but actually isn't?

Sores on tongue: There are several possibilities for sores on the tongue. The most common are aphthous ulcers, canker sores, or herpes simplex viral infection (herpetic gingivostomatitis). Other possibilities are lichen planus, oral thrush, HIV infection, cancer. If you have sores that have not healed within 7-10 days, you should have them examined and possibly biopsied as soon as possible.

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Looks like a lesion under my tongue. What should I do?

Looks like a lesion under my tongue. What should I do?

See a dentist: Please see a dentist asap. It is not possible to diagnose online and while some lesions are benign and will not cause a problem, there are others that need to be addressed quickly.

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Can you give a detailled and clear description of what herpes on the tongue looks like?

Can you give a detailled and clear description of what herpes on the tongue looks like?

On-line: Https://www. Google. Com/search? Q=herpes+pictures+tongue;newwindow=1;client=firefox-a;hs=zwz;rls=org. Mozilla:en-us:official;source=lnms;tbm=isch;sa=x;ei=opaxu_ftmymqyqhx9ogqdw;ved=0cakq_auoaq;biw=1280;bih=851 this link shows many images.

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My sister is 19. She saw 2 days ago a small tongue, looks like epiglottis on back of her tongue. Not bothering, no pain. Will it go itself?

My sister is 19. She saw 2 days ago a small tongue, looks like epiglottis on back of her tongue. Not bothering, no pain. Will it go itself?

No: It stays there forever. She was born with it. The epiglottis covers the trachea (covers the hole leading to the lungs) so that she doesn't choke when swallowing. In kids, it is easier to see. It is a bit harder to see in adults, but if she is 19 years old and her epiglottis is easily seen, she'll likely be that way forever.

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A vietnamese friend of mine, has at the base of their tongue what looks like a flap of extra skin which is attatched to the tongue, stands up slightly?

A vietnamese friend of mine, has at the base of their tongue what looks like a flap of extra skin which is attatched to the tongue, stands up slightly?

Anatomical: From your description it sounds like you are describing a "prominent lingual frenum ". Most humans have a lingual frenum but in some people it may be more prominent or high and visible.

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I can split my tongue down the middle yet it looks normal and performs normally as well. This some sort of defect?

I can split my tongue down the middle yet it looks normal and performs normally as well. This some sort of defect?

Split tongue: I am assuming you mean there is a fissure in the middle of your tongue if it has always been that way and your tongue is of normal appearance.....It is what it is but if this split is new and you have not seen it before......See an oral surgeon..... Like.......Yesterday!

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Last week I changed my diet to all healthy and colourful as a cleanse. Randomly now my tongue has turned white! What the dickens?!

Last week I changed my diet to all healthy and colourful as a cleanse. Randomly now my tongue has turned white! What the dickens?!

HIGIENE: Most probably you are accumulating white matter from a very specific type of food although healthy. Make sure you thoroughly brush your tongue at least every night before going to bed. You can also use a tongue "scraper" that is bought at any pharmacy over the counter.

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What kind of health risks come from having a pierced tongue? .

What kind of health risks come from having a pierced tongue? .

Fractured teeth: If you manage to have the procedure done without getting an infection, you will be at risk of fracturing teeth. Ing.

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My girlfriend has a red dot under her tongue, looks like a clot, what could it be? Something to be concerned about?

Clot: This is consistent with a blood blister but without seeing it something more severe cannot be ruled out. I suggest you see your physician for confirmation.

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What does a healthy tongue look like? I don't smoke and barely have caffeine. Is it normal to have a thing film on your tongue and what causes it?

What does a healthy tongue look like? I don't smoke and barely have caffeine. Is it normal to have a thing film on your tongue and what causes it?

May not be a problem: Western medicine does not pay much attention to tongues unless they have dramatic imbalances. Chinese medicine pays great attention to the tongue, using it to diagnose the state of the GI tract. According to http://www. Sacredlotus. Com/diagnosis/tongue/ a thin white coating is normal, though it can be a sign of "external cold"if you have those symptoms. Bottom line- probably nothing to worry about.

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What causes chronic white tongue, it looks like yeast on tongue?

What causes chronic white tongue, it looks like yeast on tongue?

White tongue common: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, ; not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals).

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My friend has what looks like a zit on their tongue. Is that possible?

My friend has what looks like a zit on their tongue. Is that possible?

Not likely: Commonly "zits" occur on the face, neck or back but not the tongue. Your friend may have an overgrowth of "tongue tissue". Sometimes it can just be a taste bud. If it doesn't disappear on its own in a few weeks or you find yourself inadvertently biting it, have your dentist remove it.

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What does a milky tongue mean for one's health?

Tongue cleaning: A white coating on you tongue may be caused by diet so tongue brushing is very important. Brush or use a tongue scraper every day. Vitamin deficiency can be another cause. The are medical problems that can cause a coated tongue so see your doctor if it doesn't go away or if you tongue is burning.