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  Life   Health  10 Sep 2019  Tongue tells: These signs could indicate health problems

Tongue tells: These signs could indicate health problems

Published : Sep 10, 2019, 4:03 pm IST
Updated : Sep 10, 2019, 4:03 pm IST

Poor tongue health is often indicative of bigger underlying diseases.

If there are changes in the colour of your tongue, visit your doctor. (Photo: Representational/Pexels)
 If there are changes in the colour of your tongue, visit your doctor. (Photo: Representational/Pexels)

Listening to your body is important when you’re looking at signs and symptoms of sicknesses. Your tongue is no exception and it’s important to know what it’s trying to tell you about your health. Here are a few things you should look out for, as suggested by Wanita Young:

A strawberry red colour

This could imply lack of vitamins in your body. A deficiency in iron and vitamin B12 is likely to cause your tongue to change its colour to strawberry red. The tongue can smoothen out later due to smoothening of taste buds. There are chances of strong pains when you eat spicy food or drink hot beverages. It’s definitely an indication of an impending visit to your doctor.

Black or brown plaque

Plaque spells bad hygiene or staining. If you see black or brown plaque, it might be because of excessive intake of tea and coffee, or smoking. It can lead to bad breath and difficulty in recognising tastes. Maintain oral hygiene and make sure you take your dentist’s “brush twice a day” advice seriously.

White plaque

White plaque could indicate yeast infection or candidiasis, and it looks a little similar to cottage cheese. This can happen due to several reasons, right from diabetes to a weak immune system or antibiotic intake. It’s always a good idea to consult a doctor.

Small white spots on the tongue

This is possible indication of something irritating your skin. However, a major reason for this is smoking. 5 to 17 per cent of the cells produced could be precancer cells. If the spots persist for several weeks, visit a doctor and get the necessary tests done. Also, red spots on the tongue can also be a possible sign of cancer.

A burning sensation

Inflammation is common in women who are going through menopause. Hormonal changes after menopause can result in a burning sensation. Sometimes, using the wrong toothpaste can cause allergies, so it’s a good idea to get it checked.

Painful sores

Painful sores are often due to oral thrush. While it’s common among children, about 20 per cent of adults also experience it. They are indicative of a weak immune system and stress, and normally disappear within 2 weeks. Take ample rest and take care of your health. Visit a doctor if the problem persists.

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