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Old 03-10-2007, 08:41 AM   #1
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white rings on tongue

hi everyone. My friend has white rings on his tongue. There are three of them. there are two at the tip of this tongue and one at the side of his tonugue. the look like patches but, there is nothing in the middle of them, so there more like rings.Am not sure if its a fungal infection or what. He's not on any type of antibiotics so, I dont understand what the probelm could be. I just noticed it this morning when he was laying down. He said that he didn't have them on his tongue yesterday or last night. Any advice needed. thank you. and I also wanted to know if it's contaigous and something to be really worried about.

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Old 03-13-2007, 03:27 PM   #2
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Re: white rings on tongue

It sounds like maybe it's a Geographic Tongue or either Thrush mouth.

The tongue is normally covered with a layer of small bumps (papillae). Geographic tongue results when these projections are missing in certain areas of the tongue. The papillae loss creates smooth, red patches on the tongue, giving it a map-like, or geographic, appearance.

Geographic tongue can cause tongue discomfort and increased sensitivity to hot or spicy foods. But most people, besides seeing a change in their tongue's appearance, experience no other signs or symptoms.

Geographic tongue isn't triggered by an infection or another disease, and it's not related to mouth cancer. It doesn't have long-term health implications and occurs in otherwise healthy people. Though persistent and sometimes uncomfortable, geographic tongue resolves without treatment.
I don't think you can catch it.


Oral Thrush is an overgrowth of a yeast (fungus) called "candida." Candida is normally found on the skin, in the stomach, colon, vagina, rectum, mouth, and throat. Candida causes health problems only when there is an overgrowth in one of these areas of the body. The medical name for thrush is candidiasis.

These changes can occur as a side effect of taking antibiotics or drug treatment such as chemotherapy. These changes can also be caused by certain conditions such as diabetes, drug abuse, malnutrition, and as a consequence of immune deficiencies relating to old age or infection, such as AIDS.

Not sure if you can catch it but it doesn't sound like it.

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Old 03-15-2007, 11:28 AM   #3
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Re: white rings on tongue

so if my friend has geographic tongue, will it go away on its own or does he have to take some medicine for it?

 
Old 03-15-2007, 06:40 PM   #4
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Re: white rings on tongue

I don't remember reading anything about meds for it. It just said that it can last for months go away and then reappear. It can heal at the same time new ones are forming, changing the appearance of the tongue over hours or days.

It didn't sound like anything serious though Just something that is annoying to the person. I do remember reading htat spicy foods can aggravate it.

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