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7 Things Your Tongue Says About Your Health

There are many ways to understand our health. We can easily look for differences in blood pressure, skin, or energy levels. But there is a usually neglected aspect: our tongue. Certain simple changes to this organ can indicate your overall conditions. These include the development of lumps, pain, or color changes. Let’s take a look at 7 common things that your tongue can say about your health.

White Patches

A white, creamy coating on the tongue is a common sign of a fungal infection. It looks similar to cottage cheese and often shows up in patches. The risk is higher in infants, older people, and those with weakened immune systems. This symptom often occurs after medications like antibiotics and birth control pills or illnesses like diabetes affect the bacterial balance in the mouth. You might have chronic oral candidiasis, which in turn suggests an underlying serious condition like leukemia or HIV. [1]