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Tongue: what coating and color mean

Written by Dana Peterson

1- Coated tongue

Yellow coating on the tongue can be an indication of a liver or gallbladder disease.


Yellow coating on the tongue can be an indication of a liver or gallbladder disease. Another possible cause isĀ leukoplakia. This condition causes white patches or plaques to form on the tongue, and it often results from smoking.

Caution: Smoking falsifies this finding.

2- Light, white coating

Typical of a cold, but also occurs in the long term with gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). Tongue: what coating and color mean

Typical of a cold, but also occurs in the long term with gastritis (inflammation of the stomach lining). White coating on the back of the tongue (tongue base) is a typical sign of scarlet fever. A pronounced whitish coating can also mean that yeasts of the type Candida albicans have spread in the oral cavity and thrush has formed. The fungus can be treated with an antifungal drug.

3- Strongly demarcated spots

The spots and lines are typical of a map tongue, a harmless appearance without any disease value. Tongue: what coating and color mean

The spots and lines are typical of a map tongue, a harmless appearance without any disease value.

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4- Raspberry tongue

The bright red tongue with the small blisters is a typical sign of scarlet fever. Tongue: what coating and color mean

The bright red tongue with the small blisters is a typical sign of scarlet fever. This reddening can also occur in Kawasaki syndrome.

5- Blisters with a red border

This is a canker sore. Tongue: what coating and color mean

This is a canker sore. This is a harmless change in the mucous membrane that usually heals again after a few days. However, cancer can also hide behind it.

6- Furrows and cracks

They can indicate different problems with the intestine, such as the duodenum.

They can indicate different problems with the intestine, such as the duodenum.

Summary

Change in tongue color is common, this can be due to some underlying health issues that require treatment.

The usual healthy tongue color is pink with a whitish coating on the top and sides.

When you feel any change in your tongue color, shape, size, or texture of the tongue last longer than a few days, better to go to the doctor.

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Dana Peterson

I'm Dana Peterson, a freelance writer, serial blogger, self-published author of 7 books, and speaker who enjoys enlightening others about unknown and little-known facts.

I'm a mother of two kids, but I've also been a typographer, a film composer, a piano player, a singer in an all-girl rock band. I love writing on cruise ships, or late nights, but also at home in my sunny southern California garden.

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