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I have white lines on my tongue for about a month now.It almost feels numb where the lines are.It is at it's most in the morning,throughout the day it seems to calm down.If need be i can attach a picture.I should include that i am 30 years old non smoker but have not been to the dentist in 15 years! I have an appointment on the 25 of march but these white circles are really making me worried.When these lines are at there worst i have a cough.I did a complete blood work last month and everything seemed fine. Please help
Already Tried: I just try to brush my tongue over an over but when the white lines disappear it is red lines that you see.Not sure if this is helpful,(gave a girl oral and after was worried about germs so i took a bit of rubbing alcohol and rubbed it on my tongue.Like i said i don't know if this is relevant). Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Do you think that the white lines appeared when you washed it with the alcohol?
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I tried my best but my camara would not focus.If you zoom in maybe you can see the white lines at the tips of my tongue?i am not sure if you got the image
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Let me at the outset tell you that it does not seems to be anything serious or concerning. The most worry is about the cancer, and I can assure you that cancer does not present like the white lines. So if you are worrying abut it, just relax. This seems to be just desquamation (removal of the cells from the surface) of the tongue due to alcohol. Since you keep cleaning it frequently this is persisting. Just do not rub it strongly with the tongue cleaner for 5-7 days and it should come back close to normal as the cells will regenerate again.
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Yes, I meant it by the brush. If you clean the tongue, do it just mildly and only once so the healing will take place spontaneously.
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The tongue rests during the night time and in day we have movements of the tongue, so circulation is better and so the lines gets faint during the day. A waxing waning phenomenon again points to its benign etiology (cause).
Cough does not seems to be related. Waxing waning phenomenon (changing) means getting darker in morning and than getting lighter in day; so seem to be of nothing concerning.
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Please sleep well.
Yes, brush normally and avoid the tongue. It in all likelihood it will clear off. It can take 7-10 days. As I mentioned, there is nothing serious.
Yes, alcohol do remove the lining and cells from the mucosal surfaces like tongue / lips / inside cheek if applied.
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Oral thrush usually has a continuous spots than just the lining. Seems not likely to be oral thrush.
Just wanted to add; the oral thrush has some predisposing factor like;
1) history of HIV infection,
3) diabetes mellitus
4) exposed to broad-spectrum antibiotics
5) exposure to inhaled steroids