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Red tongue: symptoms, causes and treatment red tongue

  1. Do you have a red tongue? The normal color of the human tongue is pink to red in color. In some people, the tongue is usually more red in color than others, but this does not necessarily indicate a discoloration of the tongue. A bright red or bright red tongue color is a sign of an underlying condition. Maybe you have a vitamin B deficiency. A red tongue can also indicate a burn of the tongue because you have eaten soup that is too hot, for example. In young children, a bright red tongue or strawberry tongue can be an indication of an infectious disease such as scarlet fever or Kawasaki disease, a fairly rare disease that mainly affects children under 5 years of age. If only the tip of your tongue is colored bright red, you may have a heart or circulation disorder. Purple-red color of the tongue may indicate lung disease.

The tongue

  1. Function of the tongue The tongue

Causes of a red tongue

  1. There are several possible causes of a red tongue. There may be a burnt tongue or tongue discoloration from drinking beetroot juice

Glossitis or tongue inflammation

  1. Tongue inflammation

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS)

  1. Toxic Shock Syndrome is an uncommon condition in which the toxins of certain types of bacteria, especially Staphylococcus aureus (a staph that secretes toxins), causes a certain immune response. TSS is potentially life-threatening. Among other things, a fiery red tongue or raspberry tongue appears, just like with scarlet fever. Children with TSS also develop a fever and a rash. Furthermore, problems arise with blood pressure

Strawberry tongue in scarlet fever

  1. Scarlet fever is a childhood disease with fever, sore throat and a red and rough skin rash (red dots on a red background). The child's tongue turns white at first, and after three days it turns red, thick, and lumpy, which is called a strawberry tongue or raspberry tongue. The culprit is a bacteria (strep). In the past, children with scarlet fever were often prescribed antibiotics because of certain consequences of scarlet fever that now hardly occur, such as acute rheumatism. Scarlet fever is now considered a childhood disease

Burnt tongue

  1. A burnt tongue

Lung and heart problems

  1. Especially the purple-red or blue tip of the tongue is a typical and reliable indication of cyanosis or cyanosis due to heart and lung problems

Bright red tongue due to candidiasis (fungal infection)

  1. The most common mouth infection is candidiasis

Cold sores in the mouth

  1. Cold sores are small sores, or blister-like lesions, that appear on the lips, chin, cheeks, nostrils, and less often on the gums, tongue, or palate. They usually cause pain, a burning sensation or itchiness before they burst and become scabs. They are often referred to as fever blisters. The most common cause of cold sores is the herpes simplex virus

Other causes of a red tongue

  1. Erythroplakia

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