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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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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 »

Dr. Abid Khan

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

I had receptive oral sex. Should I worry about HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a man, and about four weeks ago, I engaged in receptive oral sex with another man whose sexual history I was unfamiliar with. He did not ejaculate in my mouth, but he did ejaculate later, and I came into contact with it using my hand. I am not aware of any cuts on my hand, so my p...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. The probability of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) transmission through unprotected oral sex is almost negligible unless both individuals have bleeding wounds. It is improbable, as such wounds would likely have been notice...  Read Full »

What is the white lesion on my tongue near the infected wisdom tooth?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an infection around my wisdom tooth scheduled to be removed next week. Also, I noticed a white spot on my tongue near the infected tooth, which goes and comes back. Are they related? Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. The white spot on the tongue is not related to the wisdom tooth infection. The white spot could be due to trauma or lack of proper tongue cleaning. I suggest the following to reduce and prevent the recurrence of the white lesion of the tongue. D...  Read Full »

Why do I have a sore throat and a white-coated tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, For the past two months, I have been suffering from a sore throat. After that, I took many antibiotics, and warm water with honey, and lemon daily three times. Now, there is a white furry coating on my tongue from the past many days, and having loose stool. What to do? Please help...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Gulati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The loose stools may be due to the antibiotics you took for the sore throat. So you may stop that antibiotic and milk too as it causes loose stools. I suggest you take a multivitamin tablet for five days and a tablet of Metrogyl (antibiotic) twice daily for five days. I a...  Read Full »

I have a sore throat, 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 »

Dr. Kanani Darshan Jayantilal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

What could be the white patch in my tongue that gets wiped off?

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had a chest infection and was treated with Prednisone, Azithromycin, Paracetamol, and Brozdec. After my medicines were done, I started experiencing throat pain and noticed redness in my throat and a white substance on the roof of my mouth, which I wiped off with Hydrogen pe...  Read Full »

Dr. Shukla Radhika Hiren Hema

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Looking at the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and since the white layer wipes off, it seems like oral candidiasis. Oral candidiasis is a fungal infection. Can it happen in immunocompromised conditions like diabetes, HIV, or patients on steroi...  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 »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 »

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 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 »

Are white tongue and blisters in the throat three months after sex signify HIV?

Query: Hello doctor, I had sex about three months ago but the body has been feeling strange lately. My partner is negative. This is how my symptoms started. It was one day in school two months back where I just could not sit down because of my lower back pain and would go away about two days later and not...  Read Full »

Dr. Seikhoo Bishnui

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, you have to acknowledge that your STD tests and HIV OraQuick are negative so that there is nothing serious. You are 26 and if the whitish lesions were not there prior to sex then we can rule out cancer too. You are not in a high-risk age and cancerous l...  Read Full »

Why is there a painful white patch on my tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, There is a white patch on my tongue that started out as a red, inflamed taste bud. It is very painful, and the patch has got bigger.  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Your history is not clear. If the patch is severely painful and if it is present for two to three days, it can be an aphthous ulcer. If it is having a history of more than a week, it can be a fungal infection. I would recommend you an antifungal Candid mouth paint (Clot...  Read Full »

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