Hello doc! I've had tought last 3 months full of stress and anciety 24/7. Recently I noticed my tongue going white, usually when I'm not eating at all, I kept on brushing it and cleaning it on a regular basis maybe 3x a week. I've noticed some stringy like things on it lately, they are usually laying down but I can literally grab them with tweezers and that hurts! I'm not sure if this was caused by the irritation of my brushing because sometimes I brushed too hard it bled a bit on an irritated spot. Is this a normal thing or something I should be concerned about??? Ty vm! Heres the pic http://imgur.com/DXTAEwc

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 01 - August - 2017, at 00:43 AM

  • it looks like that you have white hairy tongue. On the tongue there are various papillae present.They have hair like growth but they keep shedding that before they grow. But in some cases because of some reason lke stress or infection the papillae do not shed the hair and they keep growing giving the tongue white matty appearence which is known as white hairy tongue. In your case it looks like that the stress is the reason for the white hairy tongue. Keep the tongue clean and maintain very good oral hygiene. I have seen the picture of your tongue. The stringy thing is normal . Theyare called cicumvallate papillae and they are present at the back of the tongue in v shape. for more info on abnormalities of tongue you can visit the following link on our website.....

    http://www.identalhub.com/articlecategory-oral-lesions-65.aspx

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