White Tongue

White tongue can result from inflammation of papillae present on the surface of the tongue due to poor oral hygiene, dehydration, fever, and mouth breathing. Or it can be due to white lesions, which are commonly seen in oral candidiasis, leukoplakia, mouth cancer, and syphilis.

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I had received oral sex from a stranger, and now I have white patches on my tongue. Is this because of HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I received oral sex from someone whose status was unknown to me. I was not feeling well the day after, so I went to the doctor, and they said I had pharyngitis (group A Streptococcus), so they treated me with Amoxicillin, and the symptoms disappeared except for the white tongue. I have...  Read Full »


Dr. Sushma Shah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. White tongue is not related to sex. It can be due to conditions like constipation, fungal infections, etc. You have done a lot of tests, and all are nonreactive. The chances of HIV are very low if the test results are negative. I would sugg...  Read Full »

I have two white spots on my tongue that disappear and reappear after a few days. Please suggest something.

Query: Hello doctor, I have two white spots on my tongue that do not cause pain. The spots disappear for some time and reappear after a few days. I am taking insulin injections. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From the images attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity), it seems like the white patches might be due to occasional bites on the front teeth causing hyperkeratinization of the area. Do not worry, as it is a normal reaction of the soft tissues...  Read Full »

Why do I have a white patch on the edges of my tongue?

Query: Hello, I am 23-year-old and have the white dead skin on the edges of my tongue. I brush my teeth daily, and there is no pain. However, I have had it for a couple of years. How could I get rid of it?  Read Full »


Dr. Krishna Swaroop Achanta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concern. I empathize with your concerns about the dead skin patch on the lateral tongue border. I have examined the picture (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Please answer a few questions- 1. Did you ever go to ...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for white and dry tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 62 years old. I am on Sertraline and Levothyroxine. My concern is about my tongue, when I get up in the morning it is white and dry. I will wake up at night because of my tongue dryness. I do not have this issue during the day. I believe this is referred as fuzzy tongue. It has ...  Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The issue of dry mouth is due to the medication Sertraline (antidepressant medication used in depession, panic attack, post-traumatic stress disorder, improves sleep and anxiety) has a side-effect of dry mouth too. When we wake up in the morning, every one of us h...  Read Full »

What causes bad breath and white coating on the tongue?

Query: Hi doctor,I have bad breath and my tongue is white even when I brush really hard for a long time. I have this issue for years. I have consulted a doctor about this issue. But nothing helps me.   Read Full »


Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Foul breath always occurs in relation to food accumulation. White tongue occurs due to food deposition on the tongue. I suggest you use a soft bristle toothbrush for brushing. Use it twice daily in vertical strokes. Use a floss and tongue scraper after brushing. It keep...  Read Full »

How to treat oral thrush causing severe symptoms inside the mouth?

Query: Hello doctor, I am suffering from oral thrush, and my symptoms are whitish tongue and upper part of the¬†mouth, damaged taste buds, unpleasant taste in the mouth, and a reddish area around the tonsils. Please help me.  Read Full »


Dr. Rahul Suresh Kulkarni

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Depending upon your description of the problem, it is most likely oral thrush or candidiasis. You have to investigate and confirm that if it is secondary to a fungal infection or bacterial infection. You need to get a throat or an oral swab and culture. If c...  Read Full »

Why is my child's tongue white though he cleans it twice daily?

Query: Hello doctor,My child is three years and six months old and he is diagnosed with adenoid enlargement.His tongue is always white when he gets up in the morning. I make him brush and clean his tongue twice daily.Is there any cure for his problem as he does not eat properly? Can this white tongue be th...  Read Full »


Dr. Veerabhadrudu Kuncham

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I can understand the situation you are facing with your child.It seems like your child is having a fungal infection. Application of antifungal medicine can help in curing it.Maintenance of proper oral hygiene is of utmost importance.Hope this will help you and your child re...  Read Full »

I have a white spot on my tongue. Could it be a developing cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a white spot on the tongue. It feels raised and rough. Please see the attached picture. What could it be?   Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Do you have any symptoms related to it? It might be inflammation or an epithelial thickening, which will resolve within a week or two. Sometimes, it can be a precursor to a simple develo...  Read Full »

Will sexually transmitted infections cause greenish discoloration of the tongue with gingival swelling?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past few days, my mouth has been in bits. I cannot eat or chew. My tongue is a weird white or green color with some small spots. My gums are a very dark red and very painful and swollen. My tongue is agonizing. Kindly help me.   Read Full »


Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.You might have a bacterial infection of the mouth most probably. So due to that, only you have such coating on the tongue and pain. Due to that, your gums are swollen, and the pain is there.In some cases, a candidal (fungal) infection may lead to such symptoms.So I would su...  Read Full »

Is it normal to have a painful tongue with red and white sores after oral sex?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 39-year-old female. I am currently taking Prednisone, Cymbalta, Hydroxychloroquine. I have been trying to get help for almost a year. I had oral sex with my boyfriend, and as soon as it was over, my throat closed up the very next day, and my mouth was white. I have a very painf...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for providing a brief history. The most probable possibility out there is you have oral thrush or oral candidiasis. This is an opportunistic infection and usually does make your entire oral cavity go white, with the tongue being the most affected part. The second...  Read Full »

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