White coated tongue not thrush - Doctor answers

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I have coated tongue, esp in furrow. Can you show photos of thrush?

I have coated tongue, esp in furrow. Can you show photos of thrush?

Brush your tongue: A coated tongue does not necessarily mean you have thrush, which is an oral yeast infection. If the coating looks like cottage cheese curds, can be easily wiped away and it leaves the surface of tongue looking red. You should be brushing your tongue with your toothbrush after brushing your teeth, each and every time you brush. After a few days, your tongue should look normal. Questions, see dds. ...Read more

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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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Hi im ahmed from macedonia, I want to ask about oral thrush or yellow coated tongue im not sure what is but I want to know if there is medical help for?

Hi im ahmed from macedonia, I want to ask about oral thrush or yellow coated tongue im not sure what is but I want to know if there is medical help for?

Fungal vs normal: Thrush is a fungus infection easily treated with antifungal meds like nystatin. Yellow coated tongue can be normal and often can go away with brushing your tongue. ...Read more

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10 month old baby boy has white coated tongue (not spots) and bad breath. From what I read, probably not thrush, what else could it be?

10 month old baby boy has white coated tongue (not spots) and bad breath. From what I read, probably not thrush, what else could it be?

Could Be Thrush: Frequently, thrush has a white coating over the tongue and if you wipe the tongue gently with a gauze, the classic red "spots" will show up. Either way, you need to have your son evaluated to determine what is causing this. Either a dentist or pediatrician can help you. ...Read more

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Been experiencing a coated tongue with spots that reappears after brushing off. Also the roof of mouth is coated too. I've been told it isn't thrush.?

Been experiencing a coated tongue with spots that reappears after brushing off. Also the roof of mouth is coated too. I've been told it isn't thrush.?

White tongue causes: 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). ...Read more

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I have unintentional weight loss, fatigue, swollen glands and a coated tongue. (A bit white) took oral thrush medication but hasn't got rid completely?

I have unintentional weight loss, fatigue, swollen glands and a coated tongue. (A bit white) took oral thrush medication but hasn't got rid completely?

See your doctor soon: Your weight loss, fatigue and swollen glands are most concerning. If you are sexually active, consider a visit to the local clinic for a quick check and simple blood tests. They will take a medical history and narrow the possible causes of these symptoms. Do not waste your time with worry. Get some real information and act on the advice. ...Read more

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Hoarseness & uncomfortable swollen throat feeling and coated tongue roof of mouth feeling hairy. Could this be thrush from my inhaler? Ent saw nothing

Hoarseness & uncomfortable swollen throat feeling and coated tongue roof of mouth feeling hairy. Could this be thrush from my inhaler? Ent saw nothing

Inhaler technique: Thrush is always a concern when using asthma inhalers. Make sure you are washing your mouth out after each use and review inhaler technique with your doctor at your next follow-up appointment. Sometimes adding a spacer to your device can assist. If an ENT evaluated your mouth then likely not thrush. Inhaled steroids can cause sore throat as a side effect. Address with prescribing provider. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: coated tongue?

What is the definition or description of: coated tongue?

Film on tongue: The normal tongue is generally light pink with visible papillae, which resemble the bristles on your toothbrush. A coated tongue usually has a white to yellowish covering or thickness to it. It can look like a thin layer of tapioca on the tongue. If you brush your tongue regularly, you will get rid of that thickness and a pink tongue will greet you in the mirror. ...Read more

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Is halitosis due to coated tongue?

Is halitosis due to coated tongue?

Possibly: There are a number of reasons for bad breath- one being a coated tongue, using a tongue scraper or brushing your tongue would help remove the film. Other reasons include what you ate and acid reflux, and the most common gingivitis/periodontitis (gum disease) due to plaque building up under the gums. ...Read more

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What causes a white coated tongue that is worse in mornings and after eating.

What causes a white coated tongue that is worse in mornings and after eating.

Sleep disorder: The coating in the morning can be explained by mouth breathng and the effect of dryness on the tongue. It might be adviseable to see if you have sleep apnoea. ...Read more

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Can hiv symptoms pop up the next day after sexual intercouse like a coated tongue?

Can hiv symptoms pop up the next day after sexual intercouse like a coated tongue?

Sure, but...: It would mean the patient caught HIV quite a while ago because it takes time for HIV to damage his immune system to the point of his developing opportunisitic infections such as oral thrush. Opportunistic infections are infections that happen to weakened patients but typically not to people with a healthy immune system. Whatever happened one day before oral thrush appears should not be the cause. ...Read more

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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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I have had yellow/coated tongue for 4 months & have done everything to get rid of it and it still comes back everyday. Any advice or pills that work?

I have had yellow/coated tongue for 4 months & have done everything to get rid of it and it still comes back everyday. Any advice or pills that work?

Possible fungal infe: First, a detailed history is necessary, and I would try with a antifungal agent like Mycilex troches, and use tongue sweeper 2x a day and good oral hygiene. Dr Neksovic ...Read more

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Wake up with a coated tongue, gets worse after coffee. I brush and most of it comes off. Then after I eat a lolly goes clear only to come back later?

Wake up with a coated tongue, gets worse after coffee. I brush and most of it comes off. Then after I eat a lolly goes clear only to come back later?

Tongue coating: Tongue coating is generally harmless and can be caused by dryness, harmless mouth bacteria, certain debris in the mouth or digestive factors. Keep hydrated, avoid mouth breathing, brush tongue, try mouth wash. ...Read more

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What would cause a white and yellow coated tongue? I brush, floss, rinse and scrape my tongue 3 times a day, it keeps reappearing. What could this be

What would cause a white and yellow coated tongue? I brush, floss, rinse and scrape my tongue 3 times a day, it keeps reappearing. What could this be

White tongue: Are you taking any medications? How is your general health? This could be thrush and is something that your primary care should check out for the cause. ...Read more

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Oral Thrush (Definition)

Oral thrush or oral candidiasis is a yeast infection of the mouth. White plaques are present on the inner side of cheeks of the mouth. The tongue may also have a white coat. Treatment is by antifungal liquid, tablets or troches. Thrush can occur when the normal flora of the mouth is disturbed such as during antibiotics, oral ...Read more


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Candidiasis (Definition)

Candidiasis is an infection caused by a specific group of fungi or yeast that usually occur in warm, moist parts of the body. Common symptoms include ...Read more