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 have a mouth sore and a non-scrapable white film on my tongue that bleeds when I use a tongue brush. Why?
Query: Hi doctor, I have a white film on my tongue that can never be completely scrubbed off. My tongue bleeds in patches when using a tongue brush. It hurts as if when you suck on something too sour and gives your tongue a burning sensation. I have a mouth sore on the cheek part of my left canine tooth. T... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. You may have inflammation of the tongue which should go away in two weeks. Following are my suggestions for your problem: Do not touch the tongue with a brush or anything, and allow it some time to heal. Avoi... Read Full »
My ELISA test was negative, but I have a sore throat, white tongue, cough, and swollen nodes. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor,I had an ELISA test 28, 68, and 85 days after exposure. All were found negative. But I have a sore throat, white tongue, cough, and just found swollen nodes under my arm, and I also lost 2 kilograms in a month. Can you please help me?Thanks. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com I understand your concern. You may be experiencing symptoms related to an infection based on the information you provided. While your HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) tests have been negative, it is essential to note that HIV is not the only possible cause of the s... Read Full »
I am a 33-year-old, and my tongue is mildly itchy with a light white coating. Please help.
Query: Hi doctor, I am 33 years old, and not sure if my symptoms are that of a sexually transmitted disease or sexually transmitted infection. My tongue is mildly itchy with a light white coating on it. Two days ago, there was some pain, but the swelling has gone down. Also, my period came a week early, an... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. I have reviewed your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The tongue looks fine, except it is eroded or devoid of papillae on the sides. It does not look like any sexually transmitted disease or anything serious... Read Full »
I have been experiencing a constant white tongue past two years. Should I be concerned about this?
Query: Hello doctor, My tongue is always white, and I have been experiencing this for the past two years, and there are no other symptoms. Should I be concerned about this? Read Full »
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My symptoms are headache, nausea, sore throat with pain and rashes on my tongue. What could it be?
Query: Hello doctor,I am a 26-year-old female. The signs and symptoms of my health are headache, nausea, sore throat, with pain and rashes on my tongue, and gums. Also, I see something white in my tongue. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. From your history, you likely have oral candidiasis. You can take these measures for the relief of sore throat and rashes on tongue and gums. 1) Avoid spicy food intake. 2) Use Nystatin oral drops 2 to 3 drops gargles thrice daily. 3) Use Kenalog (Triamcinolone ac... Read Full »
After a dental cleaning, my gums are swollen and red, and my tongue has become white. Why?
Query: Hello doctor, Since my dental cleaning, I have had issues with my gums and tongue for a few weeks. My gum is red and swollen above one of my teeth, and my tongue is white. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. I have seen both the pdf enclosed (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). Around the upper teeth, the gums are swollen. I would suggest a few remedies, and you also need to answer some questions for ... Read Full »
My tongue appears white in the morning, but there is no pain or lesion. Why so?
Query: Hello doctor,Why does my tongue appear white in the morning? There is no pain or lesions. Kindly help. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. The reason for the tongue to have a white layered coating by morning is usually when you do not brush at night. Brushing at nighttime is equally important like you brush during the day. When you usually consume any f... Read Full »
My tongue is whitish-green with a painful bump under it. What could it be?
Query: Hello doctor, My tongue is whitish-green in color and I also have a white bump under the tongue that is extremely painful. Kindly help. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the clinical picture provided (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), the tongue seems to have a traumatic ulcer underneath due to teeth bite or burn due to hot food intake. Additionally, the ventral surface seems to have nutritional deficienci... Read Full »
Is it possible to have hairy leukoplakia three months after risky sexual activity?
Query: Hello doctor, I am a 28-year-old male who accidentally discovered this lesion on my tongue while brushing my teeth. It does not come off easily with the toothbrush. Actually, it does not unless I apply significant force to remove it. It has been a month since I first discovered it, and no other asso... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It does not appear to be hairy cell leukoplakia. It appears like normal ulceration or papule only. I suggest applying Triamcinolone ointment over it twice daily and observing if it goes down. Eat a healthy diet rich in folic acid and all other vitamins. Take plenty o... Read Full »
I have a cut on the surface of my tongue which is covered with a white coating. Please help.
Query: Hello doctor, I have a cut or a fissure on the surface of my tongue which is covered with a white coating. The tongue has been sore for several days and there is no trauma that I can remember which could have caused this. Please help. Thank you. Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. It seems to be a mild infection and loss of surface epithelium over the tongue. Usually, if it occurs, it will take 10 to 14 days to heal completely. However, it may be painful for about five days. I suggest you to gargle with warm water mixed with salt twice a day ... Read Full »