If your doctor suspects that the cause of your yellow tongue is serious or that it is due to a bacterial or viral infection, he will prescribe you some antibiotics or he will order you to do some medical tests, such as blood or urine tests.
What Does Your Tongue Color Say About Your Health
Your tongue may provide you with a lot of information about your health. Its color, texture, shape, or bumps are all like a map for a professional such as a herbalist or a naturopath, who is able to detect an allergy, a digestive problem, vitamins deficiency, high cholesterol, or poor blood circulation just by looking at your tongue.
If you are a healthy person, your tongue should have a pink color, it can have a mild white coating and it should not have any cracks or ulcers. If you run your fingertips across your tongue, you should feel that the surface is quite smooth, but with tiny nodules, which are called papillae.
Apart from a yellow one, your tongue may have other colors too, depending on the cause. Your tongue may be bright red, which may suggest some deficiency in certain minerals, for example iron or vitamins from group B. You should be alarmed, though, if you notice that your child has a bright red tongue as it may be a sign of a serious medical condition, such as Kawasaki disease or scarlet fever.
Your tongue may also be pale, which may indicate that it lacks hemoglobin, which is a very important protein located in your red blood cells. Hemoglobin has a very important task to perform in your organism as it delivers oxygen to the tissues of your body. If your organism does not have a proper amount of hemoglobin, you may feel tired, have skin problems, or easily catch infections.
Sometimes, however, your pale tongue may indicate a bacterial infection or that some dead cells have accumulated in your tongue papillae. Rarely, a pale tongue may be a symptom of oral thrush, which is a yeast infection. The first thing, however, which you should do when you notice a pale tongue is including iron-rich food products into your everyday diet, such as lean meat, liver, beets, and spinach.
Your tongue may also get a bluish or purple shade and most commonly it is an indication that you have some problems with blood circulation. It is a state which should be treated as poor blood circulation may lead to fatigue, lethargy, and even depression. A tongue sometimes turns purple if you have some heart problems due to high cholesterol or if you suffer from bronchitis.
A black tongue happens rarely and it is usually a result of antibiotics or other medicines. Your tongue may turn black if you use tobacco and cigarettes excessively or when your oral hygiene is poor. In such a case remember to brush your teeth thoroughly and regularly. You can also clean your tongue with a special ending or a tongue scraper, but be gentle so as not to irritate your tongue.
A white tongue is usually a symptom of dehydration or a condition known as leukoplakia. It is simply the accumulation of cells which is caused by some tongue irritants with smoking being the most common one. It may also happen that only the tip of your tongue changes color, usually to the bright red. Interestingly, it may be a sign that you have a stressful time in your life.
What Does Your Tongue Texture Say About Your Health
Not only the color of your tongue gives you some information about your health. The texture of it is important as well and you should check it regularly by simply running your finger along your throat as some changes in the texture of your tongue may help you detect some illnesses at an early stage.
You would probably think that a smooth tongue is a sign of good health, but actually you should feel tiny papillae when you touch your tongue. If it is absolutely smooth, it may mean that your organism lacks some vitamins or minerals. For example, deficiency of B vitamin may lead to a condition known as geographic tongue.
Your tongue may also get wrinkled, which is usually just a natural sign of aging. It may be annoying, but is usually harmless. However, your tongue may be more sensitive to spicy food, which can cause a burning sensation in your tongue. It is also more easily for bacteria or debris to accumulate on the surface of your tongue.
You may also notice or feel some bumps on your tongue or it may be sore. However, most commonly it happens because you have probably bitten your tongue. In such a case, the problem will resolve on its own after a few days. A sore or bumpy tongue may be a sign of a bacterial or viral infection too. Also, it may be an allergic reaction to certain food products, such as fruit or spicy foods.