Re: Persistent Coated Tongue
Re: Persistent Coated Tongue
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Posted by Maryanne
on April 22, 2000 at 10:40:58:
In Reply to: Persistent Coated Tongue posted by LYNN on February 29, 2000 at 09:02:38:
: A year and a half ago I woke up with headache, mild nausea and a low grade fever. Later in the day my tongue became coated (white) especially toward the back. I saw a doctor who thought perhaps it was a yeast infection and prescibed "Miracle Mouth Wash". This did absolutely no good. Three days later my husband had the same thing and two days later so did our son. I saw another doc who prescribed Nizoral. Nothing happened except for the fact that my tongue became very sore. Since this persisted, I saw my Internal Med. Doc. She drew blood and confirmed an elevated white blood cell level and prescribed Augmentin. This seemed to help for about two weeks. The condition got better, but not all the way "cured". Next she doubled my dose of Augmentin for 14 days. During this treatment it got "better" but then came back while I was on the medication. The doc then pawned it off as a normal coating of the tongue from smoking. This is simply not true. Since then, about every six weeks, my husband and I get repeats. Headache, nausea, exhaustion, some tissue swelling in the face, etc., low grade fever and sinus-like symptoms. You can actually smell a "furry" infected odor in your nose and throat. We now wake up with a low body temp. of around 97 degrees. Can't seem to shake all this after a year and a half. Anyone else heard of this or has had this? Any clue? Please help!
Your symptoms sound so familiar! The coating on your tongue could be candida. Once it takes hold, it's very difficult (but not impossible) to get rid of. Taking antibiotics only makes candida worse. In fact, overuse of antibiotics is known to either provoke a flare up or exacerbate an existing candida condition. There are many ways to get rid of candida from holistic remedies to prescription medication. Nystatin (a prescription but thought by most to be very mild...it doesn't enter the bloodstream but stays in the alimentary tract). That's a good place to start, but many holistic M.D.'s are getting good results with olive leaf extract (make sure it has at least 10% oleuropein...the active ingredient), or another product called SF-722 from Thorne Research. There is much on the web about candida and candidiasis. Many mainstream doctors only think of it as a disease of immunocompromised people...but that's not true. Read as much as you can and form your own opinion!
About the low temp...there is a condition called "Wilson's Syndrome," in which low temp is the cause of many symptoms. Getting your temp up is important in killing candida...it loves it when our body temps go low! Have you had your thyroid checked? Specifically "free T3?" A thyroid panel can come back somewhat normal, but in some people the mechanisms that convert T4 to T3 are faulty, and T3 is the "active" thyroid hormone, the one necessary to regulate many bodily functions, including body temperature. Please do yourself a very important favor and learn as much as you can about what's going on with you, and find a doctor with an open mind (and ears!) and don't rest until you get some help and answers!!!!!!!! Good luck.