"Say 'Aaaaa' - who does not know the taste in the morning, the whitish tongue? This is usually not a cause for concern, but if it is very strong on the tongue, it could be fungal Small or large: the tongue is considered a "showcase" of the digestive tract, and doctors and therapists can detect diseases based on their condition and certain deposits on the tongue.
The healthy tongue
The healthy tongue is pale red, slightly moist and mobile. It has a thin whitish coating, a sign that the stomach has properly digested the food. Those who closely monitor their tongue can see the first signs of a disease. But beware! "Do not overestimate your own diagnosis, " warns doctor. Waltraud pastor. "So keep in mind that your own consideration never replaces going to the doctor!"
What does which tongue coating mean?
- The tongue papillae are enlarged and reddish discolored (raspberry or strawberry tongue): This indicates infectious diseases such as scarlet fever.
- An almost black tongue coating may appear as a side effect of antibiotic treatment.
- Burning, bright red and inflamed tongue: There may be a vitamin deficiency. It is also a potential indicator of anemia or diabetes.
- An abnormally large tongue may appear as a result of thyroid disease or a brain tumor.
- A heavily swollen tongue indicates a very quickly occurring and life-threatening allergy.
- An abnormal dryness of the tongue speaks for a salivary gland disease.
- A red tongue, coupled with other symptoms such as headache, pressure on the costal arches or convulsive abdominal pain may be an indication of diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, liver diseases or heart disease.
- Thin, smooth and narrow tongue: This may indicate anemia, bowel disease or antibiotic treatment.
- Tongue with tooth marks or uneven plaque ("tongue map"): It may indicate nocturnal teeth grinding or biting, but usually it is irrelevant.