Are you seeing red? Or, at least, a red spot on your tongue? Sometimes when you notice a red spot on your tongue, it seems to be taking over your whole mouth.
Discovering a Red Spot on Your Tongue
Red spots on your tongue are generally a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency, acid reflux, oral herpes, or oral thrush (a bacterial yeast infection in your mouth). Less frequently red tongue spots can be side effects of Scarlet Fever and Kawasaki disease (normally affects small children with autoimmune system problems).
When you have red spots on your tongue, your tongue may swell or become inflamed. Normally large patches of the tongue turn a cherry red color, but this is sometimes only slightly different from the tongue’s normal pink color.
Other kinds of red spots cause raised bumps that can be very sensitive and painful. For more information on those kinds of red spots on your tongue see the article titled Red Tongue Bumps.
Treating a Red Spot on Your Tongue
Treating red spots on your tongue can be difficult without an exact diagnosis, so seeing a doctor would likely be the first step to your treatment. Once you know the cause of your tongue spots you can effectively treat the root issue.
For a red spot on your tongue from a vitamin deficiency, you may want to start by eating a balanced diet with foods high in vitamin B12.
However, if your tongue spot is caused by bacterial infection, you may need to include foods like pro-biotic yogurt that can help kill bacteria on your tongue. Cleaning your tongue regularly will also help to reduce the amount of bacteria sitting on your tongue that cause red spots on your tongue.
Cleaning a Red Spot on Your Tongue
An awesome tool for cleaning your tongue is the Orabrush. The Orabrush has soft, microfiber bristles on the head that pull gunk from the surface of your tongue, removing nasty bacteria that cause bad breath and sometimes cause red spots on the tongue.
With a cleaner tongue, your body will be able to focus on more important problems, like keeping you from getting sick and helping you get through a long day of work.
Help your tongue get rid of its red spots and your body will thank you.