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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 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 can cause a yellow tongue?

What can cause a yellow tongue?

Tongue discoloration: On the surface of the tongue are multiple papillae, which come in different sizes and shapes. These can easily be discolored by things we eat, drink and even inhale. The most common things that cause a yellowish discoloration of the tongue include tobacco (both smoking and chewing), coffee, tea and even brown sodas and other dark beverages. ...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 can cause a yellow tongue?

What can cause a yellow tongue?

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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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

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Who is at risk for yellow tongue?

Yellow tongue: It may eventually become black hairey tongue. It is temporary & responds to local cleansing. In rare cases, it may indicate disease of liver or gall-bladder. ...Read more

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Can a yellow tongue become serious?

Yes: A yellow tongue is serious. A healthy tongue is pink. Any other color is not healthy. Get it checked out. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of yellow tongue?

What are symptoms of yellow tongue?

Yellow Tongue: Yellow tongue is caused by enlargement of papillae and allows bacteria to hide in the recesses of the bumps
saliva may change colour and the tongue looks yellowish and can give some pain, itchy sensation of mouth feel like cotton mouth, there can be yeast infection as well, and can spread to esophagus
the condition is benign can be treated with medicated mouth wash, andanti fungal meds, and proper diet. ...Read more

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How do you trreat a yellow tongue?

How do you trreat a yellow tongue?

Thrush: If there is pain as well, tis could be oral thrush, a fungal infection. Treatment involves rinses with an anti fin gal in most cases. 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 are complications of yellow tongue?

What are complications of yellow tongue?

Yellow Tongue: Yellow tongue is caused by enlargement of papillae and allows bacteria to hide in the recesses of the bumps
saliva may change colour and the tongue looks yellowish and can give some pain, itchy sensation of mouth feel like cotton mouth, there can be yeast infection as well, and can spread to esophagus
the condition is benign can be treated with medicated mouth wash, andanti fungal meds, and proper diet. ...Read more

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How can I manage the symptoms of yellow tongue?

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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What do I need to avoid if I have yellow tongue?

Yellow tongue: Avoid or quit smoking, avoid pepto bismol (bismuth subsalicylate) and better oral hygeine will help with yellow tongue. ...Read more

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Why is my tongue turning yellow every time I eat?

Why is my tongue turning yellow every time I eat?

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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Why is my tongue sometimes yellow in the morning?

Yellow tongue: Possibly due to debris and bacteria in the mouth and on the tongue overnight. Be sure that your night time oral care includes brushing your tongue gently, but thoroughly. ...Read more

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Which symptoms cause you to have a yellow tongue?

Which symptoms cause you to have a yellow tongue?

Nothing serious: Most commonly a yellow tongue is caused when the papilla on the tongue become enlarged and food and bacteria are trapped. This can be treated by brushing your tongue or using a tongue scrapper. Smoking can cause your tongue to be yellowish. However
if the white of your eyes or your skin is also, yellow then the concern is jaundice and you need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for getting yellow tongue?

What are the risk factors for getting yellow tongue?

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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Can a yellow tongue be a symptom of another condition?

Jaundice: Natural pigmented chemicals can turn the tongue colors ranging from yellow to black. This can cause the tongue to take on an overall yellow discoloration.

Although this is the most common cause of a yellow tongue, occasionally a more serious health problem such as jaundice can cause the tongue to turn yellow. Jaundice can indicate an undiagnosed liver or blood problem so see a doctor. ...Read more

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When I wake up, my tongue is yellow. How do I fix that?

When I wake up, my tongue is yellow. How do I fix that?

Volatile sulfur cpds: Usually the yellow color is a volitile sulfur compound. These compounds form when bacteria in your mouth metabolize protein present in the food you eat & old cells that are shed from your cheeks, tongue etc. Remove food & debris by thorough flossing, brushing, & scraping the surface of your tongue. Also brush & swish with chlorine dioxide (ie closys) to kill these gram (-) aneurobic bacteria. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my tongue is a greenish yellow color?

What do you suggest if my tongue is a greenish yellow color?

Tongue: Use toothbrush or sonicare are the brush your tongue with toothpaste or baking soda. ...Read more

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Why appears the yellow substance on tongue esspecially in the morning?

Why appears the yellow substance on tongue esspecially in the morning?

See your dentist: You need to have this evaluated if it is different than what you normally see in the morning on your tongue. If you don't scrape your tongue well or brush it well it could just be a buildup of the bacteria from not being cleaned enough. Try this first and if no relief go to the dentist because it could be a symptom of an underlying condition. A dentist will tell you after a physical exam. ...Read more

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What are the health problems that can be associated with yellow tongue?

What are the health problems that can be associated with yellow tongue?

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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My tongue has been yellow for a couple of weeks and it doesn't hurt or anything what is the cause?

Smoking: Posible causes are smoking, smokeles tobacco or the food or drink you are taking in.

Stress will also be reflected in the tongue.
If you are not a smoke, brushing your tougue lightly with your tooth brush will help. ...Read more

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I have a yellow coating on the sides of my tongue what could this be?

I have a yellow coating on the sides of my tongue what could this be?

Check immunity: Thrush is considered an opportunistic infection, meaning it will generally only infect people who have an immune system weakened by infection, medications or primary immune deficiency. Oral antifungal medications are available by prescription. ...Read more

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Yellow on the back of my tongue?

Probably build up: Discoloration of the tongue is usually just that--discoloration. It is not usually associated with a disease. Yellow discoloration is typically build up that has collected on the rough surface of the tongue and can be removed over time by daily use of a tongue scraper, which is readily available in the pharmacy section of most stores, or can be obtained at a local dentist's office. ...Read more

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How can I prevent a yellow tongue?

How can I prevent a yellow tongue?

Thrush: If there is pain as well, tis could be oral thrush, a fungal infection. Treatment involves rinses with an anti fin gal in most cases. 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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Can yellow tongue affect children or infants?

Usually not.: Yellow tongue usually occurs as a result of harmless changes to the tiny projections (papillae) on the surface of the tongue. Most commonly this occurs when the papillae become enlarged and bacteria in the mouth produce colored pigments. Rarely, yellow tongue may be a sign of jaundice, a yellowing of the eyes and skin that may indicate liver or gallbladder problems. Not seen in infants/children. ...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