What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

Say ahhh to see if you could have one of these common tongue-related health conditions.

What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

Your tongue could reveal surprising secrets about your health. From anemia, to autoimmune diseases, to food allergies, the tongue can sometimes be a good indicator of your overall health. Check out these common tongue-related health conditions to see if your mouth might hold the secret to what's bothering you.

Oral Thrush

Thrush is caused by overgrowth of the yeast Candida albicans, which causes white patches to grow on your tongue. The yeast may also spread to other surfaces in your mouth. These lesions may be painful or bleed slightly when they're scraped. Thrush is more likely to occur in babies, people who wear dentures, and people who have weakened immune systems or use inhaled corticosteroids. This can be treated with antifungal mouthwashes or medications.

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