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White coating on tongue that comes off with baking soda. Comes back few hours later. Is this coating normal. Dr not concerned. Permanent solution?

White coating on tongue that comes off with baking soda. Comes back few hours later. Is this coating normal. Dr not concerned. Permanent solution?

Tongue and mouth: When you start to look closely at the body, things might seem strange or weird. The mouth has alot of structures in it that can look very bizarre if you stare too long. Good you showed this to a doc -I would trust that opinion. You can show Health Tap docs too by uploading a pic. Probably this is just a mucous film -try drinking more fluids. I like to 'rinse' throughout the day -helps the breath 2 ...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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Can stress and anxiety cause a white coating on tongue ?

Can stress and anxiety cause a white coating on tongue ?

Unlikely: It is probably related to your diet.
Consider eating less processed food and increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables. When eating cheese and animal products, aim for the low fat variety. ...Read more

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Help! there's white coating on tongue after having tonsillectomy?

Help! there's white coating on tongue after having tonsillectomy?

Don't panic: White coating of the tongue is not a serious problem. Usually is reflection of other problems (like use of antibiotics, digestive issues, bad oral hygiene) .Due to your recent surgery once you start eating normal food and brushing better white coating will go away. If it persists longer then 2 weeks see you physician. ...Read more

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What STD causes soar throat and white coating on tongue?

What STD causes soar throat and white coating on tongue?

Sore throat: You probably have a virus caused by an enterovirus that is responsible for your sore throat and coated tongue. A enterovirus does not cause an std ...Read more

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Can acid reflux or GERD cause white coating on tongue?

Can acid reflux or GERD cause white coating on tongue?

Many causes: yes acid reflux can cause a white tongue but it as also accompanied by other symptoms like heartburn. white tongue can be cause also by medications, mouth bacteria or yeast and bad oral hygiene. ...Read more

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I have a white coating on tongue most comes off with baking soda, only to return hours later. Gets thick after food. How do l know if this is thrush?

I have a white coating on tongue most comes off with baking soda, only to return hours later. Gets thick after food. How do l know if this is thrush?

Not thrush: Thrush is a white coating in the mouth that does not come off. It can cause a sore throat or other mouth pain that occurs after taking antibiotics. ...Read more

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Pink dome like bumps on penis plus foreskin plus white coating on tongue which comes and goes?

Pink dome like bumps on penis plus foreskin  plus white coating on tongue which comes and goes?

Peace of mind: It sounds as if you are concerned about a potential sexually transmitted disease. While the information provided is inadequate to provide a definitive diagnosis, the fact that the question is being asked suggests exposure to potentially unsafe sexual behavior. A face to face appointment with your physician could provide clarity as well peace of mind. ...Read more

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I think my bf has thrush he has a thick white coating on tongue and when he tries to brush it off he has patches of red and a little bleeding?

I think my bf has thrush he has a thick white coating on tongue and when he tries to brush it off he has patches of red and a little bleeding?

Probably not: It would be unusual for a healthy young male to have lingual thrush. I suspect that the white coating is not a yeast infection and is not pathological. White patches are often seen on the throat surface with oral yeast infections. Have him examined by an otolaryngologist if concerns continue. ...Read more

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Back of tongue has a sore, enlarged taste buds & white coating. Tried tongue scraper but didn't get rid of coating, only made tongue bleed. Pls help!

Back of tongue has a sore, enlarged taste buds & white coating. Tried tongue scraper but didn't get rid of coating, only made tongue bleed. Pls help!

Tongue lesion: A bleeding ulcer of tongue should be evaluated by an ENT doctor especially if it is more than 2 weeks. An office punch biopsy is warranted to r/o cancer. ...Read more

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Took flagyl and levoquin for 10 days. Developed white coating on tongue. Been on nystatin for 8 days and tongue still white. How long till white gone?

Took flagyl and levoquin for 10 days. Developed white coating on tongue. Been on nystatin for 8 days and tongue still white. How long till white gone?

Maybe a couple weeks: Coated tongue can be due to yeast or fungus, which can be triggered by broad spectrum antibiotics like the ones you took. However, most white coated tongues aren't due to fungus. Simply being ill or on antibiotics can do it. You should contact the doc who is treating you. Most likely s/he will advise you to sit tight and let it clear up on its own, which might take a few weeks. No harm will come. ...Read more

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White coating on tongue, causing bad breath? How can I get rid of this? This white coating is causing me to have bad breath which is really embarrassing. I brush my teeth 3x's a day, flosh about twice a day and scrape my tongue after every brush. It alwa

White coating on tongue, causing bad breath? How can I get rid of this?

This white coating is causing me to have bad breath which is really embarrassing. I brush my teeth 3x's a day, flosh about twice a day and scrape my tongue after every brush. It alwa

See a dentist: Tongue scraping is a great way to remove the debris on your tongue. But it sound like this is not enough for you. There are other causes of bad breath and white tongues, it could be allergies, post nasal drip, thrush infection or other causes. Your dentist can examine your tongue and find a cause and treat it. ...Read more

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My throat culture & sensitivity c/s report says "organism: moderate growth streptococcus viridans group" is this normal, i've white coating on tongue?

My throat culture & sensitivity c/s report says "organism: moderate growth streptococcus viridans group" is this normal, i've white coating on tongue?

Possible fungal...: Overgrowth. If you have cultures, you are probably already on an antibiotic for something. S. Viridens is a common oral bacteria that we all have on some level. Yours may be higher than normal but the white on your tongue could be candidiasis from a lack of "regular" bacteria that keep it down. Try 1/2 hydrogen peroxide/ 1/2 or mouthwash, brush your tongue, if no luck see a dr. May need nystatin. ...Read more

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I have had a sore throat, fatigue, white coating on tongue with red spots and a cough. Sore throat has disappeared but others remained for 8+ weeks.

I have had a sore throat, fatigue, white coating on tongue with red spots and a cough. Sore throat has disappeared but others remained for 8+ weeks.

See your doctor: Without knowing your medical history and medication use, hard to tell for sure what this is. Best to see your doctor and test whether the white coating on your tongue is thrush, a type of fungal infection. May need treatment for this. It is a long time to be experiencing fatigue and have this coating and cough. Need blood tests and a physical exam to assess reason. Please see your doctor soon. ...Read more

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Lump on neck, lump on back of tongue, white spot on tonsil, red dots on tongue (look like large paepelle), white coating on tongue, ear/throat pain.

Lump on neck, lump on back of tongue, white spot on tonsil, red dots on tongue (look like large paepelle), white coating on tongue, ear/throat pain.

Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other cause such as allergies or irritants. Usually, a person sees the doctor if the sore throat is "super sore", recurrent, or doesn't go away quickly (mainly to check for strep throat). Throat infections can occur along with tongue and ear symptoms. ...Read more

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Help! what can be the cause of a sore throat, ear ache, white coating on tongue with blisters, bumps?

Help! what can be the cause of a sore throat, ear ache, white coating on tongue with blisters, bumps?

Allergy/viral: Could be a sever allergic reaction to certain foods or meds. , of a viral infection or outbreak like herpes etc..
See a doctor for exams and a swale for testing. ...Read more

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White coating and irritated tongue. What are some probable causes?

Coated tongue: Could be a fungal infection. Good oral hygiene will help. See your dentist asap. ...Read more

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I have a white coating on my tongue although its not very thick or oddly shaped. Is this dangerous?

I have a white coating on my tongue although its not very thick or oddly shaped. Is this dangerous?

Oral thrush: It is likely a candida yeast infection. It is not dangerous. See a doctor for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is it normal to get get a white coating on the tongue ?

Is it normal to get get a white coating on the tongue ?

Usually: White tongue is a coating of debris, bacteria and dead cells on your tongue that makes it look white. Although the appearance of white tongue may be alarming, the condition is usually harmless and temporary. However, white tongue can be an indication of some serious conditions, ranging from infection to a precancerous condition. If you're concerned about a white coating call your dentist. ...Read more

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Every morning there is a orange/white coating on my tongue. What causes this?

Maybe thrush(fungus): The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of tongue that looks patchy 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 a white coating on my tongue leading to foul breath which reappears again after i clean it..Please help?

See dentist for Rx: Sounds like you may have a yeast or fungal infection on your tongue. Visit your dentist for an examination and possible prescription to treat your problem. ...Read more

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Started using listerine a few times daily and developed a white coating on my tongue. Stopped using and the white coating went away. Why is this?

Overuse: Overuse of mouthwash may have altered the levels and mixtures of the over 500 different types of bacteria living in your mouth. This permits fungal overgrowth, and probably a mild case of thrush. Please have your Dentist/Hygienist review your Oral Hygiene routine. Overuse of mouth wash is not a substitute for proper oral hygiene. ...Read more

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How can I make sure that white coating on my tongue is not hiv?

How can I make sure that white coating on my tongue is not hiv?

See your doctor: If you are concerned about possible having HIV go see your doctor and he can do blood testing. A white coating on your tongue maybe mucous and normal. ...Read more

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I always have white coating in my tongue. I am afraid it mightbe thrush. Please help?

I always have white coating in my tongue. I am afraid it mightbe thrush. Please help?

White coating: It may or may not be oral candidiasis (thrush). Many people have white coatings caused only by the accumulation of plaque, food debris and dead cells. Try using your toothbrush or a tongue scraper to remove any coating once per day. If it's gone, great. If not, you will need to see a dentist or physician for a definitive diagnosis and appropriate treatment, if needed. ...Read more

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Can we stop this white tongue coating from forming. Does it line our throats right down?

Brush tongue: Try brushing your tongue to remove the coating. Usually there is food and bacterial debris on the tongue that causes the coating.
Allergies and post nasal drip can cause your throat to be sore and have the feeling that there is something in the back of your throat. ...Read more

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Hi I was wondering what oral thrush feels like, and if everyone has a slight white coating on the tongue?

Hi I was wondering what oral thrush feels like, and if everyone has a slight white coating on the tongue?

Painful: It generally is painful and will often bleed. White coating on the tongue may be good debris and can be wiped off. ...Read more

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I have currently got tonsillitis and also got white coating on my tongue. Is this due to the tonsillitis?

I have currently got tonsillitis and also got white coating on my tongue. Is this due to the tonsillitis?

Tonsillitis: We cannot respond to anyone who is a very young and since you didn't even disclose your age, let alone any medical history, I advise you to seek medical attention with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a white coating on my tongue that gets very thick after food or coffee. What could be causing this?

I have a white coating on my tongue that gets very thick after food or coffee. What could be causing this?

White coating: Most likely the food and or coffee causes a prominence of the normal papillae of the tongue along with bacteria and other debris. Simply wash out your tongue with quantities of water and gently brush the tongue with a soft toothbrush. ...Read more

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