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Why is my tongue always white ?
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Dr. Charles Cattano
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: White tongue common
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).

In brief: White tongue common
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).
Dr. Charles Cattano
Dr. Charles Cattano
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Dr. Martin Linder
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Thrush
A common cause of a white coating on the tongue is thrush, a fungal infection most commonly the result of a disruption of the normal bacterial flora of the mouth.
See your family doctor for an evaluation.

In brief: Thrush
A common cause of a white coating on the tongue is thrush, a fungal infection most commonly the result of a disruption of the normal bacterial flora of the mouth.
See your family doctor for an evaluation.
Dr. Martin Linder
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