Why do I have a green tongue?
Surely you are used to seeing your pink-redish tongue, whose texture is soft, so it is normal that you are alarmed if you observe that it changes color. The mouth can reflect the general state of health of your body and that is why any change in it could be indicating some infection or other problem. In the case of the tongue, it can change its color and appearance for various reasons, although it does not always mean that there is a pathology.
Why I have green language – main causes
There are a wide variety of causes why your tongue can turn green, or a greenish yellowish tone, and you have to take them into account to end the problem as soon as possible. The most common causes are the following:
- Oral candidiasis.
- Wisty tongue.
- Piercing on the poorly cured tongue.
- Other causes: eating foods with chlorophyll or green dye, upper respiratory tract infection or some liver problems.
Why I have a green tongue: oral candidiasis
Oral candidiasis is one of the most common causes why you can observe green tongue and is due to infections caused by fungi. This condition is considered to be of the opportunistic type, that is, it attacks your body when its immune system is weak, although it also occurs in people who have been using a poorly adjusted prosthesis or for a long period of time. Actually, in the face of this problem, a white tongue is usually produced, but if it is overinfected by bacteria or due to the use of antifungals and antibiotics it can turn a green tone. In this other article we talk about what are the causes of oral candidiasis.
Other symptoms of oral or oral candidiasis when you have this condition are: bad breath, burning sensation, pain when eating somewhat spicy foods and general discomfort. Here you can learn more about What are the symptoms of oral candidiasis.
Treatment of candidiasis is often about ending the infection by applying antifungal medications topically. With this and an adequate diet and hydration, the problem usually disappears in a short time.
The tongue is composed of filiform papillae, thanks to which we notice different flavors, and it is normal for them to come off the tongue at more or less regular intervals of time, just like the natural peeling of the skin. However, there are cases where this detachment does not occur regularly and, as a result, the papillae lengthen, grow and the tips can darken. In addition, people who suffer from elongated papillae are at greater risk of contracting bacterial infections.
This excessive growth causes the tongue to darken, being able to see a brown or brown tongue, that yellows or looks somewhat greenish in the center at the edges and that, finally, can become almost black. If you see that somewhere on the darkened tongue there is intense yellow or green color, it may be due to an infection.
The causes of black, hairy or hairy tongue can be many but, above all, it occurs when there is a moment of very high stress (which produces a sudden increase in some hormones) and, just as more gray hair can come out suddenly in a specific area of the hair due to a great scare or sudden stress, this problem can occur on the tongue. Other causes can be very poor oral hygiene, excessive tobacco consumption along with poor hygiene or the abuse of very strong mouthwashes.
Green color on the tongue due to infection in the piercing
A tongue piercing is a source of infections because a wound has occurred in which, if the lesion is not properly taken care of until it heals, bacteria or any pathogen capable of causing an infection can penetrate. So you have any wound in your mouth and it gets infected, a yellowish or green color can also appear on your tongue, which indicates that there is pus in the wound. Other symptoms that you will notice if your tongue piercing has been infected are pain in the area and very bad taste in the mouth.
Other causes of green tongue
There are other causes that are less frequent or that have not been demonstrated but it is suspected that because of them your tongue may turn green.
- Some foods with chlorophyll may leave this color on your tongue, but don’t worry because this will disappear over time, as you drink and eat more.
- When there is an upper respiratory tract infection that affects the throat and there is mucus, it is possible that the tongue has a slight green tone.
- It can also be due to a problem in the functioning of the liver. When bilirubin increases, the tongue may look yellowish or, although less frequent, greenish. In addition, the mucous membranes, the whites of the eyes and skin become yellowish.
Remember to have correct oral hygiene and not only of your teeth, but also of the tongue. Also, do not hesitate to go to the doctor whenever you think it is minimally necessary or have doubts. Of course, if you see a very yellow or somewhat greenish tone (or even another color change, such as a brown or brown tone) on your tongue, do not hesitate to go to the doctor. Once I tell you a diagnosis and treatment, make sure you comply correctly.
This article is merely informative, in a info-grinik we do not have the power to prescribe any medical treatment or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to go to a doctor in case you have any type of condition or discomfort.
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