short black uggs Coated or white tongue
A coated or white tongueoccurs when the surface is colonised by bacteria or fungi, and dead cells become trapped between the small nodules on the tongue.
A coated tongueisn’t a disease and isn’t usually a sign of anything serious. It’s usually only temporary.
Youcan read on to learn moreabout the possible causes of a coated tongue, but don’t use this to diagnose yourself with a condition always leave that to your GP.
Note that in a minority of people, a coated tongue may never return to its normal colour or texture, even after treatment.
Common causes of white plaques on the tongue is a common condition that results in a white patch in the mouth, which sometimes appears on the tongue. The patch is usually painless but cannot be removed by brushing or scraping.
This white patch seems to be the result of too many cells being produced from the lining of the mouth and a protein called keratin being deposited. can develop when the tongue has been irritated,
and is linked with drinking too much alcohol and also with smoking.
Although not usually dangerous, in a few cases leukoplakia turns cancerous, often many years or even decades after it first appears.
Oral lichen planus
Oral lichen planus (lichen planus of the mouth) is a long term disorder of the immune system that causes white lacy streaks and white patches in the mouth, includingon the tongue.
Mild cases do not usually cause any pain or discomfort, although it cancause burning sensations and discomfort in the mouth, painful red gums and sore patches in the lining of the mouth.
The exact cause of oral lichen planus is unknown. It doesn’t run in families and can’t be passed on to other people.
Mild cases will not need any treatment. More severe cases can be managed with an antiseptic mouthwash plus steroid sprays or steroid tablets dissolved in water to make a mouth rinse.
Read more information aboutlichen planus.
Oral thrush is a yeast infection in the mouth caused by a fungus. It can cause a burning sensation on the tongue as well as sore white plaques that can be scraped off (although it may sometimes appear as a red patch).
You are more likely to develop oral thrush if you:are a certain age (oral thrush is more common in infants and elderly people)have aniron deficiency orB vitamin deficiency