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What is geographic tongue and what causes it?

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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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 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

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How common is a yellow tongue?

How common is a  yellow tongue?

Thrush: If there is pain as well, tis could be oral thrush, a fungal infection. If there is no pain, there are a number of considerations from vitamin deficiencies to acid reflux. Only a physical exam and complete history could provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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What is the cause of a hurting, nasty taste, white colored tongue?

What is the cause of a hurting, nasty taste, white colored tongue?

Thrush: The most common cause for what you describe is candidiasis or thrush. It is a yeast infection that can be treated quite easily. If you are a high risk lifestyle, i would also get an HIV test just to cover all my bases. Otherwise, some Nystatin should do the trick. ...Read more

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My tongue is always yellow coated?

Tongue scraper: Use a tongue scraper daily for one week ad if there is no improvement see your dentist to determine if any treatment is indicated. ...Read more

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What does yellow tongue mean?

What does yellow tongue mean?

Clean your tongue: Start by cleaning your tongue with a tongue scraper after each tooth brushing, twice a day. They are available in most drug stores. If you smoke, then stop. If tongue surface bleeds this could be candidiasis and requires professional evaluation and medication. If using tongue scraper fails to resolve problem after a week then also need to your dentist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my tongue is yellow with spots?

What does it mean if my tongue is yellow with spots?

See a dentist: There could be several causes. Anything from infection to autoimmune conditions could be the cause. It is best to get it evaluated and make sure it is not something serious. ...Read more

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Why is my tongue yellow and sore? What causes this?

Why is my tongue yellow and sore? What causes this?

Enlarged papillae?: Usually yellow tongue is caused by enlarged tiny projections on the surface of your tongue which are inhabited by bacteria which produce yellow pigments. It is a harmless condition. If however the whites of your eyes are yellow as well you may have jaundice and should see your physician as soon as you are able. If you are unsure, it is always better to have a clinical examination. ...Read more

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What would cause a yellowish coated tongue?

What would cause a yellowish coated tongue?

See your dentist: Candida albicans is a fungus accumulates usually on your tongue or inner cheeks. The condition is a minor problem if you're healthy. Candida infections can occur when your immune system is weakened by disease or drugs such as steroids. Eating unsweetened yogurt and acidophilus capsules will solve the problem. Rec.: see your dentist if the condition gets painful. ...Read more

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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 a white furry tongue?

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 a black hairy tongue?

What is a black hairy tongue?

Papillae overgrowth: The tongue is coated with taste receptors termed papillae. These normally stay short from food chewing and constant rubbing in normal activity of the mouth. If they grow longer, they can be stained darker by food and other substances in the mouth. It is not harmful and is not pathologic. You can lessen it by brushing the tongue as well as your teeth with your toothbrush. ...Read more

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My tongue is white and is peeling. What could it be?

My tongue is white and is peeling. What could it be?

Need evaluation: It is hard to tell you what is going on without visually looking at your tongue and learning more of your history. It could be aeration from something you ate, or an infection, thrush or other causes. Please see a dentist or oral surgeon about this and get it checked and treated. ...Read more

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What is a hairy tongue?

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What is a hairy tongue?

Hairy tongue: Black hairy tongue is caused by elongation of papillae of the tongue, appear fur- like. It is not considered a disease. Good mouth hygiene recommended. ...Read more

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My mouth has a white coating, what is this?

My mouth has a white coating, what is this?

Mouth whiten coating: This can be several entities.Normal peeling off of the mouth lining...every 24 hrs. If it peels off and is very sore/redden this can be a candida yeast infection. It can be a burn from hot food or sucking on medicine(aspirin) or even a mint. If it does n't peel off, it may be a keratosis of thickening of the mucosa. In any event have this checked out. ...Read more

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Middle to back of tongue like a greenish yellow color tongue scraper does nothing why is it that color dentist said nothing to worry about?

Middle to back of tongue like a greenish yellow color tongue scraper does nothing why is it that color dentist said nothing to worry about?

Just a thought: but this may be due to REFLUX ( bile plus acid) and you could suggest this possibility to your Dentist or PCP (Primary Care Provider)

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My tongue is all white. What is causing that ?

My tongue is all white. What is causing that ?

Thrush : Caused of white tongue vary by underlying health status. If you recently finished an antibiotic treatment, oral thrush maybe the cause. Others are leukoplakia, geographic tongue, oral lichen planus, certain medications, chronic inflammation from dry mouth, dehydration, and others. I recommend you have your tongue checked out by your primary care provider to see if you need treatment. ...Read more

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What is a white coated tongue that is not candida?

Propbably: It is probably plaque and can be removed with a brush or better yet a tongue scrapper. ...Read more

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How is a yellow tongue diagnosed?

Thrush: If there is pain as well, tis could be oral thrush, a fungal infection. If there is no pain, there are a number of considerations from vitamin deficiencies to acid reflux. Only a physical exam and complete history could provide an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more