5 Secrets Your Tongue Reveals About Your Health (Part 1)
If you’ve wondered why your doctor or dentist regularly asks to look at your tongue during routine checkups, here’s a quick answer: Your tongue reflects your overall health in ways that you might not realize.Yes, your tongue actually has a bigger purpose than merely facilitating taste and allowing you to lick frosting off baked goods.
It serves as a window to any deficiencies you might have, and it may physically manifest symptoms of various major underlying diseases.
After the gums, the tongue is the most common disease-harboring site in the mouth.
However, it remains one of the most neglected organs of our bodies. Even routinely cleaning it is a task many disregard.
While the tongue is technically an internal organ, we do have the option of sticking it out from time to time and observing it in the mirror as we do the rest of our external body.
You will be surprised at the number of things your tongue might suddenly reveal, once you know what to look for.
Identifying a symptom is the first step toward dealing with countless diseases and maintaining optimal health.
Here are 5 symptoms present on the tongue that may indicate various health issues.
1. Bright Redness
A bright red tongue could be a symptom of a vitamin B12 deficiency. The body requires vitamin B12 to make red blood cells. A deficiency can cause fatigue and anemia.
2. White, Creamy Layer or Patches
A white, cottage cheese-like coating on the tongue, which usually occurs in patches and may be accompanied by lesions, is one of the most common symptoms of oral candidiasis, a yeast infection of the mouth.
It most commonly occurs in the elderly, infants and those with compromised immunity.
The infection results from an overgrowth of yeast on the tongue, usually caused by certain medications (such as birth control pills and antibiotics), obesity or health conditions like a weak immune system, psoriasis and diabetes.
When properly treated, oral candidiasis does not last long.
However, it can also persist for years. Chronic oral candidiasis can indicate an underlying, serious immune system disease, such as HIV or leukemia.
3. Abnormal Smoothness
A normal tongue has tiny hair-like structures (papillae) on its surface that make it rough. A smooth tongue (completely or in patches) devoid of such roughness is abnormal. This condition is called atrophic glossitis.
The smooth tongue may also be accompanied by pain, tenderness and a burning sensation.
4. Thick,Yellow Coating
According to traditional Chinese medicine, a yellow coating on a red tongue is indicative of too much body heat.
Clinical tongue assessment can prove to be an effective diagnosis medium in heart patients, the study further notes.
5. Painless Bump(s)
This bump is likely to be small and either white or red in color. It might prevent you from using your tongue too much or swallowing with ease.
If you are a regular smoker, especially a chain smoker, you need to pay attention to this seemingly harmless symptom.
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