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Hey! I've been experiencing white tongue not oral thrush, blackish gum & dry mouth. .. do you think it's hiv?

Hey! I've been experiencing white tongue not oral thrush, blackish gum & dry mouth. .. do you think it's hiv?

Need more info: These symptoms are associated with many things. You need more labs. If concerned with hiv you can go get tested to rule out ...Read more

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Is white tongue always oral thrush? Asthma, otherwise healthy. No oral steroids. Albuterol only. Use 4/ day. No ins. Cant get controller meds.

Is white tongue always oral thrush? Asthma, otherwise healthy. No oral steroids. Albuterol only. Use 4/ day. No ins. Cant get controller meds.

No: White tongue is not always oral thrush. If your tongue does not hurt or bleed when the white coating is scraped away with something blunt like a tongue depressor it is not likely to be thrush. I suggest brushing your tongue with a toothbrush and rinsing with a good quality mouthwash and seeing if that helps. It may be just bacterial overgrowth. You could also take a probiotic. ...Read more

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White tongue caused by long term oral tetracycline. Will this clear after tetra is stopped. What else can I do? I have tried male thrush pill, but no success

White tongue caused by long term oral tetracycline. Will this clear after tetra is stopped. What else can I do? I have tried male thrush pill, but no success

Probiotics-: You have upset the applecart of balance of all the biological flora in your body (mouth), due to taking the antibiotics which kill bacteria. Sometimes not all bad ones some of the good guys too. Praobiotics will help your digestive system reconstitute the normal flora and hopefully eventually get that tongue back to it's nice red color. A tongue brush will help also. ...Read more

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Fungi growing on my back and recently my hairs fall heavily (+dandruff+itch). And possibly oral candidiasis (white tongue wide spots).What should I do?

Fungi growing on my back and recently my hairs fall heavily (+dandruff+itch). And possibly oral candidiasis (white tongue wide spots).What should I do?

Find Alternative Doc: Look at the a4m.Com web site and use the locate a doc feature to find a local physician who has training and experience in functional medicine. You are colonized with candida and probably abnormal bacteria as a source for these. This may mean an underlying food allergy as well. You need a physician who can do specialized GI testing and guide your treatment to prevent recurrence. ...Read more

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Can lescol (fluvastatin) cause thrush or a white tongue?

Can lescol (fluvastatin) cause thrush or a white tongue?

Fluvastatin: Lescol (fluvastatin) is a "statin" anti-cholesterol product, and I have no basis for believing it would cause thrush/candidiasis. Usually occurs in infants, immunocompromised, or those just off antibiotics. Requires an rx for monistat, nizoral, ketoconazole to eliminate. ...Read more

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I have a semi white tongue could it be thrush? I have no pain and when I brush/clean my tongue there is no blood.

Difficult to know: I would strongly recommend an examination by a dentist or ENT doctor to be sue that there is no potential problem developing. The tongue typically is pinkish in color throughout, but can sometimes loss some of its distinctive pink when there is some type of illness or problem within the bodies ability to maintain balance and health. ...Read more

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I have a white tongue with white chunks all over the back of it. Is it thrush. I posted a pic in my files on here to show. Should I call doc tday?

I have a white tongue with white chunks all over the back of it. Is it thrush. I posted a pic in my files on here to show. Should I call doc tday?

See doctor: It sounds like thrush. If it scrapes off it is probably thrush. If it does not scrape off it can even be a more serious problem. Please see a doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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Can anxiety and stress and sleep deprivation due to fear of an exposure which occured in reality cause real symptoms of HIV like white tongue, thrush?

Can anxiety and stress and sleep deprivation due to fear of an exposure which occured in reality cause real symptoms of HIV like white tongue, thrush?

Anxiety: Can cause a dry mouth. (flight or fight response) Candida albicans causes thrush. a simple test can confirm the latter. Taking antibiotics can increase your risk of getting thrush (kill off the normal bacterial flora) If you think you have thrush have it looked at and get it treated. ...Read more

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Dry throat white tongue. Nystatin given no clear up. Dr said not thrush. What is it?

Dry throat white tongue. Nystatin given no clear up. Dr said not thrush. What is it?

Need lab work: If you want to know for sure, then you will need a biopsy of the site. Some dentists will do this. Oral surgeons, general physicians, ENT referral----do not give up! ...Read more

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Everytime I get white tongue cause either by GERD or thrush I notice I get swollen lymph nodes on the side of chest that is sore, is that GERD related?

Everytime I get white tongue cause either by GERD or thrush I notice I get swollen lymph nodes on the side of chest that is sore, is that GERD related?

Need more details: White coat on tongue is not always thrush. Do you smoke? Are you sick? How do you know it is thrush? If it is thrush, you need to explore the reason for it. You need to spend some time with your DR. If your Dr fails to provide satisfaction, request a consult with a Dr of internal medicine. ...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've been toldvimhave oral thrush I'm in extreme pain and it look as though my tongue is splitting is this normal?

I've been toldvimhave oral thrush I'm in extreme pain and it look as though my tongue is splitting is this normal?

Yes: Yes this can be a side effect of oral thrush. Try and see a doctor so they can prescribe you some antifungal medication. ...Read more

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I've been told I have oral thrush I'm in extreme pain and it look as though my tongue is splitting is this normal?

I've been told I have oral thrush I'm in extreme pain and it look as though my tongue is splitting is this normal?

Thrush: Thrush can cause extreme pain and may affect your tongue. Consult your doctor. There are medications that can help you. ...Read more

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1y with oral thrush. I've used daktarin, no effect. I finished 14 days ketoconazol, but immediately finished, tongue seems the same. Is it healde desease?

1y with oral thrush. I've used daktarin, no effect. I finished 14 days ketoconazol, but immediately finished, tongue seems the same. Is it healde desease?

Mgt/workup: If the thrush has persisted, then another course of anti fungal medication may be used. If your child experiences no improvement or has had multiple other infections, I would ask your PCP to consider an immune workup. ...Read more

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Is there anything other than oral thrush that can make your tongue white and hurt?

Is there anything other than oral thrush that can make your tongue white and hurt?

Yes: Any of a number of viral, bacterial, or fungal over growths, systemic diseases, allergic responses. Go see your dentist. Take a complete list of your meds with you. ...Read more

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My boyfriend has oral thrush that won't go away. Sometimeshe gets weird feelings on the back of his tongue. Whatshould he do?

My boyfriend has oral thrush that won't go away. Sometimeshe gets weird feelings on the back of his tongue. Whatshould he do?

See your doctor: Are you taking medication for the thrush? If not see your doctor. If you have reoccurring episodes of thrush then see your doctor to determine the cause. ...Read more

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How would you know if baby has an oral thrush? Mine, always sticking his tongue out? Could that be a sign.? I'm just scared he got thrush.

How would you know if baby has an oral thrush? Mine, always sticking his tongue out? Could that be a sign.? I'm just scared he got thrush.

Oral thrush?: Thrush is common in infants and occurs because the immune system needs to mature. On examination, the baby will have white plaque like lesions on the inner cheeks, roof of mouth, or on gums. The whitish material isn't easy to remove with a wet cloth. If you are breastfeeding, the infection can transfer to the mother's breast causing a tingling feeling or discomfort. Seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Can oral thrush coat just your tongue?

Can oral thrush coat just your tongue?

No: It can extend over all mucous membranes in the oral cavity and down the esophagus. I have seen patients with strings of white exudate extending from their uvula to the tongue and their entire throat coated white. If you are a normal adult u should not be getting thrush and should have your immune system examined and u should get tested for hiv. ...Read more

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Is it generally no issue to brush your tongue when oral thrush is present?

Is it generally no issue to brush your tongue when oral thrush is present?

Best to be seen by: Your physician or dentist for appropriate treatment recommendations / medications. Part of the problem is auto inoculation. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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I have a white patch on my tongue but swab for oral thrush came back negative. What could this be?!

I have a white patch on my tongue but swab for oral thrush came back negative. What could this be?!

Many Possibilities: Don't freak out yet. The fact that there does not appear to be a causative organism is part of the process. Ask an oral surgeon to have a look. They will be able to judge if a small sample needs to be taken. It is not the big "c" yet! It might just be biting.
Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is tongue normally red with a thin white coating? & is oral thrush painful or painless? I would know it if I had it?

Probably not: It doesn't sound like a thrush infection. Try brushing you tongue to remove the whit e coating on it.
Thrush occurs in adults with a compromised immune system. The lesions are white with a cottage cheese like appearance. Mouth can be burning or painful. Pain with swallowing sometimes a loss of taste.
See you dentist if you are concerned. ...Read more

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How do I get rid off the white stuff (oral thrush) on my tongue for good?

Medication: Take the appropriate anti-fungal medication and avoid those things that can increase your chances of getting it again. ...Read more

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I have yellowish debris on the back of my tongue through out the day, not painful, just notice they are there. Can it be oral thrush?

Oral thrush is white: White Plaques in your tongue likely ar oral thrush!
Thrush or Oral Candidiasis is seen in Diabetics, People recently on Antibiotics and HIV patients usually with a poor immune system!

Yellow plaques maybe overgrowth of the tongue papillae with debris and increased bacterial colonization giving a yellow pigment and it is also seen in jaundice! ...Read more

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Instead of taking two different antifungals for two separate things, what would you recommend for oral thrush on tongue and white piedra?

Thrush, White Piedra: White Piedra is usually a superficial fungal infection of hair shafts that is treated by shaving the area and applying topical antifungal shampoo, or sometimes use of oral antifungal. Oral thrush is caused by Candida, can be seen in immune suppressed persons or those who have been on antibiotics, and can be treated with a topical solution or an oral antifungal. Suggest discuss with your doctor. ...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