Yes, this photo is ok.
If you don't have any symptoms, like soreness or burning, then it is just an area of depapillation that can occur normally as well.
The reason for his can be excessive friction , for example that caused due to aggressive tongue cleaning
It will heal on its own with time. It is nothing serious and requires no treatment or investigations.
If this pink area appears and then disappears and then appears again in a new place on the tongue, then it is a condition called as benign Migratory Glossitis. Which is also harmless and requires no intervention.
However, if that area is ore and burning, then there could be a problem. There are a lot of possible causes for soreness of the tongue. Without a proper history and physical, I can point out the most likely ones:
- a fungal infection
- a nutritional deficiency
-a reaction to spicy foodstuff or vinegar
- glossitis (inflammation of the tongue) caused due to a viral infection
- Burning Mouth Syndrome due to stress and other psychosomatic factors
- oral mucosal conditions like Erosive Lichen Planus
For now, start taking multivitamins, particularly folic acid supplements. Do not gargle with Listerine or any such mouthwash.
If the soreness persists for more than 2 weeks, see a dentist
. If you stay near a dental
school, I suggest you visit the Orofacial Pain
department there .A full assessment is required to eliminate any underlying cause.
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