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Brightly colored changes in the color of your tongue may be caused by
eating or drinking something that may have stained your tongue, such as soft
drinks or candy. The bright colors can be alarming. Stains caused by soft
drinks or candy will brush off or wear off.
A buildup of food debris and bacteria on the tongue may make the
tongue look thick or furry ("hairy tongue"). A person with a hairy tongue often has severe bad breath (halitosis).
Soreness is not usually present. Often the problems will
go away if the surface of the tongue is brushed with a soft-bristled
toothbrush. If your tongue problem is from some local irritation, such as
tobacco use, removing the source of the irritation may clear up the tongue
problem. Home treatment may be all that is needed.
Other common causes of tongue problems include:
Common tongue problems include:
Rare, but serious, causes of tongue problems can include:
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerWilliam H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency MedicineAdam Husney, MD - Family MedicineSpecialist Medical ReviewerDavid Messenger, MD
Current as ofNovember 20, 2015
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & David Messenger, MD
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