Partial Tongue Discoloration: Normal Or Abnormal?
How to understand that the coating on your tongue is available specifically in a thin layer? Very simply: if you can see the tongue’s natural color through it. If there’s so much coating that it’s hard to see the tongue itself, don’t even doubt: this is not normal.
White Blotches On Tongue: Why Can They Occur?
- Spots on tongue in smokers. White spots on cheeks’ mucous membrane and tongue can occur due to regular irritation of the mouth mucous membranes, typical for smokers. The spots look a little denser than the surrounding tissues and can be raised over the rest of the surface. Such spots don’t cause any harm but in some cases they may turn into cancerous ones.
- Common cold. There is an opinion that before a person gets sick with a common cold, his tongue gets covered with whitish coating where hardly visible spots and blisters begin to appear.
- Spleen disorders. If spots are located specifically along the left tongue side, they indicate disorders in the spleen function.
- Disorders, affecting digestive tract. A single white spot in the middle of the tongue indicates disorders of the gastrointestinal function.
- Oral candidiasis. White patches on tongue can be often caused by oral candidiasis, triggered after antibiotics therapies, chemotherapy or because of weakened immune system. With candidiasis whenever you try to remove the white coating there are still white sores on tongue remaining.
- Stomatitis. Any structure in the mouth, including gums, cheeks, tongue, lips, throat may get inflamed due to stomatitits. One of the first characteristic signs for this condition is occurrence of sores on tongue, cheeks, lips, palate, etc. They may differ in size: 1-10 mm in diameter. Stomatitis often affects children, even babies.