Strawberry Red Tongue...........What's Wrong?
Yes there is a difference between a pink "healthy" tongue, and tongue that resembles the color of a strawberry. If it even looks like a strawberry in texture ( red raised bumps), something is wrong with your tongue. There are many factors that would produce a strawberry like tongue.......some are just bound to happen eventually, but some made need to be looked at by a professional.
The first reason, and one that is easy to fix, is a vitamin dificiency. If you are lacking folic acid and vitamin B-12, your tongue may resemble a strawberry look.
Benign Migratory Glossitis, also known as Geographic Tongue, is reddish spots that develop on the surface of the tongue.......resembling a map-like pattern. Sometimes these patches can have a white border around them and the location of the patches may move over time. Geographic Tongue is usually harmless but should still be checked by your dentist. The patches should not last longer than 2 weeks. If your dentist finds that the red patches are indeed Benign Migratory Glossitis, no further treatment is necessary. The redness can possible make your tongue sore or uncomfortable. If this is the case, a topical medication can be prescribed to ease the discomfort.
Scarlet Fever is another known issue to cause a strawberry-like look to the tongue. Scarlet Fever is an infection ......treatment is necessary. Contact your doctor if you have a high fever and a red tongue.
The last symptom of a red-like tongue is Kawasaki Syndrome. This disease is usually seen in children under the age of 5 and affects the blood vessels in the body causing strawberry tongue. This disease has phases and during the most severe phase, children can experience a very high fever and redness/swelling in the hands and feet. Best Local Dentist Linwood NJ 08221
Contact your physician or dental provider if you are concerned about any of these issues. Best Local Dentist Linwood NJ 08221
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