Previously, our leading dentist in Woburn started giving you many reasons why your tongue could be a color other than the light pink you are used to seeing. In our previous posts, we mentioned what a normal tongue should look like, but quickly got into different colors you may experience throughout your lifetime. We left off with what the causes of a strawberry or red tongue could be. We mentioned vitamin deficiencies and a possible geographic tongue diagnosis. Here are more reasons your tongue could be that strawberry red color.
What causes a red or strawberry tongue?
- Scarlet fever. Although very rare, a bright red tongue is a symptom of scarlet fever. So if you have a high fever and your tongue is red, you should make an appointment with your doctor immediately to get necessary treatment.
- Kawasaki syndrome. This syndrome is usually seen in children under the age of 5, but it can happen to adults too. What happens is the blood vessels in the body are affected, causing a strawberry colored tongue to occur. When this illness becomes severe, a high fever will be had and the feet and hands will become red and swollen.
If you feel that your tongue is a color that is odd, it’s time for you to make an appointment with Woburn’s premier dentists, Dr. Peter Coakley, Dr. Louis Trainor or Dr. Melissa Mancuso, to be sure you don’t have any underlying dental issues that need to be addressed. Stay tuned to learn about what can cause a black hairy tongue.