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Coated Tongue Diagnosis

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Which tests would you run on a coated tongue to cover all possible infectious causes?

Thanks for your answer on coated tongues. Which cultures would you do to cover the spectrum of possible infections that it could represent? In addition to the thick coating, I have had geographic tongue every day since being infected... do you see...
Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Response from Brian Boyle, M.D., J.D.

Cornell University, Weill Medical College
If the diagnosis is geographic tongue that is a benign condition and does not require further evaluation. As far as other tests, that would depend upon what you rongue actually looks like, but if you have a whitish coating a fungal smear/culture of... Read more »

Egads! Coated Tongue or what?

Hey Doc!First off, thanks for all you tireless work on this site as well as HIVDENT. A quick... Read more »

coated tongue and Chlorhexidine Gluconate

I've had some strange mouth problems in recent months. My Dr. prescribed Chlorhexidine... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Scientists Crack HIV's Coating

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine used a supercomputer from the University of Illinois to map the structure of the protein that makes up the HIV capsid (the virus's protein casing that holds its DNA). The capsid has to... Read more »

From Me to You: Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

From Me to You: Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis HIV/AIDS Advocates Offer Their Tips Click here to view our collection of tips from HIV-positive people. Download Audio Juana Clarke, Waterbury Hospital, Waterbury, Conn. ... Read more »

From Me to You: Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

View All Interviews on a Single Page (Print Friendly) From Me to You: Tips on Dealing With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis HIV-Negative People Offer Their Tips HIV/AIDS Basics    --> Juana Clarke Waterbury Hospital Waterbury, Conn. My name... Read more »
AIDS Project Los Angeles

Positive Days

There's a sore on the back of my tongue. I look in the mirror and stick my tongue out as far as I can and I still can't see it. I can feel it, though. Every time I swallow it feels like someone is squeezing my tongue with a pair of pliers, and... Read more »
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Coated Tongue

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Do any fellow HIV + peoples know what causes coated tongue(overgrowth of papilae)? I use a tongue cleaner and brush, but every morning it's still there. I dont suffer from dry mouth and feel somewhat o.k., and it doesn't cause any pain. I heard once... Read more »

coated tongue is not thrush

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Hello. Ive seen a lot a lot of people concern about having their tongues whited. They say i brush it and the next day is the same, is this hiv sympton? NO. One thing is trush that appears like white patches in your tongue and other parts, that CAN... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
is it true that severe stress can make your tongue white?

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tongue lumps

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I got Lumps on the back of my tongue, i dont know when i got them but its weird because i think they showed up after my HIV test or i just Noticed them and i dont knopw how big taste buds are at the back but these lumps are scaring me because i... Read more »