It could mean: you have a yeast infection. A lumpy, white-coated tongue could be thrush, an oral yeast infection caused by overproduction of candida. The condition is often linked to antibiotics. “Your tongue is home to naturally occurring bacteria and yeast. When you take an antibiotic, which selectively kills off bacteria, it can allow yeast, which is not killed by antibiotics, to take over,” says Dr Tylor. Thrush, which might cause taste disturbances or a bit of pain, can also occur in those with weakened immune systems. Typical in young children, thrush also affects people with autoimmune diseases, people with diabetes that isn’t well managed, chemotherapy patients, and the elderly. If you suspect you might have thrush, see your doctor.
What your tongue can tell you about your health
Your tongue can tell a lot about your health. Don't ignore these signs, you may be damaging your mouth without knowing it.
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