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Tongue Problems: Is Your Tongue Trying to Tell You Something?

What is a yellow tongue and how do you get rid of it? A little furry is fine – it’s the normal layer of bacteria that every tongue should have. Cheryl, you certainly have your hands full. They believed that the condition of your tongue was the primary indicator of your health. Other than talking or eating, you may not give your tongue much thought unless it’s swollen and scalloped. “Oral thrush is most commonly seen in infants and the elderly, especially denture wearers, or in people with weakened immune systems,” says Dr. I recently just experienced the pain from ulcers.

Tobacco (smoking and chewing it) and heavy alcohol consumption are the two main risk factors for leukoplakia. While these ideas are not beneficial to everyone, they can offer some help to many who suffer from the problem. In fact with you eating or drinking the yogurt, this will coat your mouth with the good bacteria and will also help with any discomfort you may be experiencing in your mouth. Microglossia may result from pseudobulbar palsy, damage to the upper motor neurons of the corticobulbar tracts that innervate the tongue. This may be present from birth and is usually not a cause for concern provided that it does not enlarge over time or present with other symptoms. It may also improve the body’s use of insulin, as well as muscle strength and blood pressure. A cracked tongue could be a sign of an autoimmune disorder, but more than likely it’s benign.

The tongue may broaden in persons with no teeth who do not have dentures. The excessive amount of cells can cause white patches to form. The fungus Candida albicans is the most common fungal strain to cause oral thrush. The rash typically lasts between two and seven days. “It results in the formation of white patches that look like cottage cheese,” says dental assistant Sarah Gwerder. This is common in people who have just finished taking a round of antibiotics. Additionally, medications may be used to combat the infection.

The treatment of a tongue problem depends on the underlying cause. If these treatments don’t work, you may need stronger antifungal medicine such as fluconazole, ketoconazole, clotrimazole or nystatin. If your tongue remains yellow after a week’s time, go in to see your doctor or dentist to check what is going on. Doesn’t exactly resemble a fruit? Stomatitis can have various etiologies. It could be geographic tongue, or benign migratory glossitis. The tongue resembles a map, with a pattern of red spots bordered in white.


It’s usually harmless, caused by losing some of the little bumps that blanket the tongue. In some cases, the papillae may be very long forming hair like projections. The mouth is so close to the brain that it is easy for mercury to interfere with the pituitary gland. Blue or purple tongue: This could indicate a problem with blood circulation or a serious weakening of some area in the digestive system. Be aware that patients with diabetes may have trouble maintaining a normal blood glucose level if they also have periodontal disease. You usually have to do this for about a week. This color’s usually a temporary harmless problem, according to prosthodontist, Alan Carr, of the Mayo Clinic.

The bacteria grow on the tongue from things like smoking, mild dehydration, fever, or excessive mouth breathing due to nasal congestion. Carr advises gently brushing your tongue with a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide and five parts water, rinsing your mouth out after. He also recommends quitting smoking. Tongue Problem: It’s Swollen or Appears Smooth As someone who’s suffered from food allergies, I’m the first to attest that nothing is scarier than feeling your tongue grow larger and larger while you sit futilely willing it to stop. However, it can permanently stain the developing teeth of young children. Sometimes your tongue may look smooth and shiny, technically called glossitis, because the bumps are lost under all the swelling. Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways.

Antihistamines can help relieve a swollen tongue caused by allergies. If a person has a yellowish tongue, it could suggest that the person is suffering from possible digestive or metabolic problems involving the spleen or stomach. Remember: Candida albicans in the digestive tract can never be eliminated – but it can be managed quite effectively. Geographic tongue heals spontaneously. Its appearance can be worrisome,” says an article by the Columbia University College of Dental Medicine. Worrisome may be a bit of an understatement. (Personally, I’d fear that I was transforming into some kind of a werewolf.) Seriously, though, the disorder is easily treatable and usually goes away with antibiotics.

I have a BMI of 22! Since they’re longer, they attract and foster bacteria, which in turn grow and take on a dark color, resembling hair. “This is common in people with poor dental hygiene, people receiving chemotherapy, or people with diabetes,” says Gwerder. One fabulous reason to keep up that brushing and flossing. Tongue Problem: Bumps In high school, a friend told me that a canker sore was a sign of herpes. However, it is not a common symptom in ariboflavinosis. Well—no surprise—my friend wasn’t exactly correct.

I was actually suffering only from an average canker sore brought on from eating way too much pineapple in one sitting. What medications are being taken? They aren’t contagious and they heal all on their own. Non-canker sore bumps could be a cold sore, also called fever blisters or herpes simplex. These are contagious and can be controlled with medication. The way I see it, prevention of illness is a heck of a lot easier than deciphering my taste buds’ color-coded message. Practicing good oral hygiene and eating a variety of whole foods will easily help me avoid most of these icky issues.

Many oral cancers don’t hurt in the early stages, so don’t assume a lack of pain means nothing is wrong. Hey, sickness happens. Modern medicine is a luxury of living in the 21st century. So next time my tongue looks anything but pink and covered in small, happy bumps, I’m going to think twice about my overall health and hightail it to the doctor if something seems off.

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