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      #12551 - 11/19/00 06:43 PM

I have had the same problem with my tounge now for 4 months. I think it is just geographic tongue and hairy tongue, at least thats what my dentist says and what most of the info on the net seems to indicate. I was obsessed thinking it was thrush because my tongue hurts. Sometime it hurts all day and sometimes just for a few hours and sometimes not at all. I have tested negative 5 times starting at 2 months after possible exposure and the last was at 6.25 months afterward. Yes my tongue is coated white all the time, but when I use a tongue scraper, it just looks like long hairy pupillae. It all started at exactly 4 months after exposure. If anybody else has this problem and has fiqured out what it really is an indication of, please let me know (post your answer). I don't want to HIV test anymore. It causes a lot of stress and my last ELISA was at 6.25 months.

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      #12553 - 11/19/00 07:57 PM

You are not alone. Like you, I have tested negative at 6 months. Yet, the white tongue comes and goes. In fact it started about 3 months after exposure, although I have deduced that mine started after a long course of antibiotics. I have seen 4 doctors and a dentist, including a ENT specialist. All cannot diagnose any problem. It is likely to be glossitis or geographic tongue. It can be caused by stress - not the type you and I know, i.e. work related or physical. But more long term emotional - yes, like fear of HIV infection. My symptoms now have declined a lot, but persists and do not bother me anymore. Try not to think about it so much. Use a mouthwash, keep scaping your tongue, and keep posting. Good luck.



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      #12556 - 11/19/00 08:42 PM

That's interesting, because I was on antibiotics three times within the 9 months before the white tounge thing started. Do you have tongue pain and geographic tongue too? I would think these things would go away after the antibiotics ended, but who knows. Thanks for sharing.

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      #12579 - 11/20/00 04:37 AM

I think antibiotics can do stuff like that to the tongue. I had discomfort on the sides of the tongue, but have subsided a lot since my last ELISA test. I still feel a little now and then, but it does not bother me anymore, and I have stopped looking at my tongue every half hour. The white tongue comes and goes now. I hope yours will improve. I heard this takes many months to go away. Keep brushing.



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      #12645 - 11/21/00 01:05 AM

You guy need to drink at least 6 big cup of water per day. Flush your system well and the so call symtoms will go away.
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