Health & Fit 7 Things Your Tongue Can Tell You About Your Health

18:11  10 april  2018
18:11  10 april  2018 Source:   msn.com

What It’s Really Like to Be Addicted to Painkillers: ‘I Didn’t Care If I Lived or Died’

  What It’s Really Like to Be Addicted to Painkillers: ‘I Didn’t Care If I Lived or Died’ Casey, 30, is a medical professional living in Connecticut, who first went to rehab for addiction when she was still in high school.I believe addiction is a disease. I think no matter what happened in my life, I was going to end up where I did. I grew up in a small town in Connecticut to two parents who loved each other and loved me and told me I was smart and capable. I can’t pinpoint a single traumatic childhood situation that you might think would point me to becoming an addict.

a person posing for the camera © Provided by TIME Inc. Say aah!

Sure, your tongue helps you chew, swallow, and taste food–then gab about how delicious (or not!) the meal was. But your tongue can also do much more, including providing a snapshot of your overall health.

Symptoms of many chronic and acute illnesses can appear on your tongue. In fact, sometimes they’re among the very first signs that something is amiss.

So what’s normal for a tongue? “Pinkish-red–not bright red–with bumps and waves,” says Sally Cram, DDS, consumer advisor for the American Dental Association and a practicing periodontist in Washington, DC.

Anything else could be a sign of one of these health conditions.

Jennifer Aniston Has Lived with This Common Disorder for Years

  Jennifer Aniston Has Lived with This Common Disorder for Years Jennifer Aniston suffered from this common chronic condition for years without even knowing it. It affected her work, fitness, and beauty routines before she finally got a handle on it.If Jennifer Aniston looks perfectly cheery and bright-eyed in every movie, TV show, or advertisement she’s ever appeared in, you can chalk that up to her being a really good actress, because it turns out she has been suffering from chronic dry eye for literally decades, claiming her true best friend was the little bottle of eye drops she kept with her at all times until her diagnosis.

RELATED: The 4 Best Tongue Scrapers for Fresher Breath


Oral thrush is common among people with uncontrolled diabetes. In fact, it can be the first sign that you have the chronic condition simply because people often see their dentist more regularly than a doctor. Thrush is usually the result of a weakened immune system. Thrush–essentially a fungal yeast infection and also called oral candidiasis–looks like a heavy, white coating on your tongue, says Cram. Some people describe it as the consistency of cottage cheese.

People with diabetes are also more likely to have dry mouth. “Most folks with diabetes are somewhat dehydrated,” says Ryan Kauffman, MD, an ear, nose, and throat specialist at Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta. “The tongue can be kind of shriveled up and lose some of its normal appearance.”

Here’s the All-New Medical Test That Can Pinpoint Your True Age

  Here’s the All-New Medical Test That Can Pinpoint Your True Age If you know when you were born, chances are you're aware of your chronological age. But what about your biological age? There's a test for that.Whereas your chronological age refers to the amount of time you’ve been alive on this planet, your biological age refers to how old your body actually seems (for example, Jane Fonda’s chronological age is 80, but we’d be willing to bet her biological age is closer to 45).

RELATED: 15 Ways High Blood Sugar Affects Your Body


Decades ago, when HIV/AIDS was an almost-certain killer, the white pasty covering on the tongue of oral thrush could be one of the first, ominous signs of infection.

Like with diabetes, a weakened immune system due to HIV or AIDS makes it hard for you to fight off organisms like yeast that normally co-exist happily in your body.

Red sores on your tongue and elsewhere in your mouth can also be a sign of HIV/AIDS, as can white hairy-looking growths on the sides of your tongue called hairy leukoplakia.

Nowadays, there are many effective treatments for HIV/AIDS, including medication to prevent infection and its many consequences.

RELATED: 9 Things Your Dentist Can Tell About Your Health By Looking in Your Mouth

Celiac disease

In celiac disease, eating gluten triggers the immune system to attack the small intestine. Bowel symptoms like constipation, diarrhea, bloating, and pain are the hallmarks, but celiac can also cause you to lose the little hairs that dot the surface of your tongue.

Here’s Jennifer Lopez’s Surprising Anti-Aging Secret

  Here’s Jennifer Lopez’s Surprising Anti-Aging Secret At 48 years old, Jennifer Lopez looks almost exactly the way she did when she first danced into our hearts in 1999. What's the secret to her J.Lo glow? Jennifer Lopez is gracing the April cover of Harper’s Bazaar, and, as the photo of her swinging over skyscrapers in a dramatic red gown would imply, her life is at an all-time high.The pop icon has achieved the perfect work-life balance. She’s still killing it at concerts and producing new music, but she’s also all loved up with her boyfriend of a little over a year, former New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

This is called atrophic glossitis–also known as "bald tongue" or "smooth tongue"–and it can cause taste changes and be painful, says Cram. “When you lose [those] hairs it can be very, very sore. Anything acidic or spicy or containing alcohol can really burn.”

Celiac disease can make your tongue burn or feel dry if vitamins and minerals aren’t being absorbed properly through your small intestine. It can also lead to frequent canker sores on the tongue or other parts of the mouth.

The only way to manage celiac disease is to follow a strictly gluten-free diet.

Sjogren’s syndrome

Sjogren’s syndrome, another autoimmune disease, can attack many parts of the body, but it often affects the salivary glands and the tear ducts. This results in dry eyes and dry mouth, and dry mouth can lead to oral thrush.

“When you don’t have saliva with its protective enzymes, that fungus living at low levels starts to proliferate,” Cram explains. The signature white spots of thrush may appear, or your tongue may become red and smooth if the little hairs there have disappeared, she says.

Tongue Scraping Is the Secretly Relaxing Ritual You're Gonna Love

  Tongue Scraping Is the Secretly Relaxing Ritual You're Gonna Love Because bad breath often starts there, tongue scraping is typically prescribed by dentists as a treatment for halitosis.What’s the point? The overarching purpose of tongue scraping is to more effectively remove built-up bacteria from the surface of your tongue. Because bad breath often starts there, tongue scraping is typically prescribed by dentists as a treatment for halitosis. According to a study done at the University of Sao Paolo, a tongue scraper was more effective at getting rid of this bacteria than a toothbrush. And proponents also say that tongue scraping keeps your taste buds clear, possibly elevating your palate.

Some people with Sjogren’s also have a burning sensation and cracking of the tongue.

RELATED: 9 Autoimmune Diseases Every Woman Needs to Know About


Cancer's probably the last thing you think of when you go for a cleaning, but your dentist could be the front line in detecting head, neck, and oral cancers.

Any bump or sore on your tongue (or elsewhere in your mouth) that lingers longer than two weeks needs to be checked out.

A condition called leukoplakia can produce white patches on your tongue caused by uncontrolled growth of cells in your mouth. Leukoplakia can be harmless, but it can also herald cancer down the line and should be checked.

Dr. Kauffman has seen an increase in one form of oral cancer in particular.

“There’s been a preponderance of HPV-related squamous cell carcinoma of the base portion of the tongue,” he says. “Kids [should be] vaccinated because we’ve seen this huge uptick that’s related to HPV.” Current guidelines recommend the HPV vaccine for girls and boys around age 11 or 12; it's also recommended for women and men who weren't vaccinated as preteens up to ages 26 and 21, respectively.

Vitamin deficiencies

A healthy tongue is pinkish-red in color. A bright red tongue could be a sign of not enough folic acid, vitamin B12, or iron. Often these deficiencies can be corrected with supplements and/or tweaks to your diet.

This Is the Only 'Spring Cleaning' Diet That's Nutritionist-Approved

  This Is the Only 'Spring Cleaning' Diet That's Nutritionist-Approved The research is clear: Skip the fads and embrace the world's healthiest eating pattern instead. This week alone, I was asked about the Keto diet, the 3 Week Diet and even the Snake Diet, which calls for bingeing and then fasting like, well, a snake! Yup, spring is here. My advice: Skip the fads and follow the Mediterranean diet, which, along with DASH diet, was named the best overall diet in 2018 by U.S. News & World Report. The eating plan has more than 5,000 published research studies to support its effectiveness.

A bright red tongue could also be a sign of strep throat or Kawasaki disease, a rare and usually treatable condition that causes inflammation in some blood vessels, typically among small children.

Don’t automatically freak out if your tongue blares red in the mirror. It could just as easily be from that strawberry smoothie or some too-hot soup that burned. Taste buds grow back!

To get our top stories delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Healthy Living newsletter

Gallery: 15 Foods That Are High in Vitamin B12


Canker sores–not to be confused with cold sores, which are caused by a virus–can be a sign of stress. They can appear on your tongue or other parts of your mouth.

If you have these small, shallow sores, try gargling with warm salt water and avoiding greasy foods in favor of soft and cold picks like yogurt.

Sores and bumps on your tongue can also be from grinding your teeth or biting your tongue. “We see lots of benign masses and ulcerations on the tongue … just from bite trauma,” says Dr. Kauffman.

Ease stress with exercise, yoga, or meditation–and slow down while you’re chewing.

Meet Zsa Zsa, the winner of the World's Ugliest Dog contest .
That tongue! Those teeth!

Topical videos:

usr: 3
This is interesting!