Almost no one gives the tongue any thought, except when we burn or accidentally bite it. But, did you know that the tongue can show signs that something inside your body is wrong? Here’s are seven signs your tongue shows when something isn’t quite right with your health…
A cracked tongue is somewhat normal as you age. However, if you notice deep fissures on your tongue accompanied by sudden facial or lip swelling, you should visit your doctor immediately – it may be a sign of the so-called Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome.
Thick, white and cheese-like coating
A thick white coating on your tongue may be an indication of oral thrush, a common yeast infection which frequently occurs in infants and children. It occurs due to a weakened immune system or dentures, and can be easily treated once you see a doctor which will prescribe the appropriate therapy.
Of course, a strong bite on your tongue will cause a sore to appear, but the sores on your tongue can also be canker sores. Although the exact cause of canker sores is not yet determined, stress and acidic foods are definitely a couple of the many culprits. If they don’t go away for more than two weeks, you should visit a doctor to make sure that you’re not suffering from oral cancer.
If your tongue has wavy edges, it could mean that it has swollen due to allergies, thyroid problems, fever or dehydration. Visit your doctor to find the cause of the problem.
Pink and bumpy tongue
If your tongue looks exactly like this, you have nothing to worry about. The small bumps are called papillae and are responsible to grip the food you eat while also containing taste buds which can help you differentiate sour from sweet foods.
White patches on the tongue
White patches on the tongue may be a sign of leukoplakia, which is a reaction to long-standing irritation on the tongue. Constant irritation causes fast multiplication of cells resulting in white patches. It’s not a big issue to worry about usually, but it can be the starting point of mouth cancer.
Red tongue and a fever
If your child’s tongue is red and is accompanied by high fever, it can be a sign of scarlet fever, strep throat or Kawasaki disease. This is a non-contagious autoimmune disease which can is frequently seen in children under 8. If your child has experienced these symptoms, you should take it to a doctor.