A Strange Tongue Discoloration
Most of us know that our tongue's natural, healthy color is the red and pinkish. Even though these two colors may vary in shades, our tongue is considered healthy as long as it has them only. However, some diseases and medical conditions, some more serious than others, may trigger tongue discoloration. Even though, under the influence of these underlying conditions, your tongue may have may different, unnatural colors, yellow is the most common. Besides being extremely unusual and therefore annoying and uncomfortable, yellow tongue means problems of other sorts, thus needing immediate treatment. Read on to know what causes our tongue to turn yellow and which are the best possible treatments for this strange problem.
The Usual Suspects
First and foremost, there is a high likelihood that your yellow tongue is caused by either fungal or bacterial activity, resulting in infection. The fungus to blame is candida, which inhabits both your tongue and palate, painting it yellow. This is usually a sign of low immunity and may be a warning of some other illnesses. Upon bacterial infections, one's tongue usually turns black. Both cases are frequently seen in people who have neglected their tongue piercings or had them done inappropriately.
On the other hand, the reasons behind your yellow tongue may not be infections at all. Rather, you might be suffering from a phenomenon known as a geographic tongue. Namely, our tongue has a gentle, pinkish layer on its surface. This layer is known as filiform papillae. The papillae affected by this condition tend to disappear or move to other parts of the tongue, leaving the places where they were beforehand empty. This results in yellow coloring of the barren areas, possibly resulting in pain, burning and inability to consume spicy food due to irritation. Most of the times, the papillae are known to grow back resulting in cessation of this condition and the tongue discoloration as well.
Alternatively, poor dental hygiene, abnormal growth of papillae, consumption of certain, artificially colored food and many other conditions may all possibly result in your tongue turning yellow.
The treatment depends on the cause. Thus, microorganism activities will need antiseptic solutions applied onto the tongue surface. As mentioned above, geographic tongue usually needs no treatment since it disappears on its own. Finally, whichever the cause may be, as soon as you notice your yellow tongue has remained such for a longer period of time, you are advised to seek medical assistance immediately and have your doctor recommend you proper treatment.