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Why is tongue spotty? Why is it red?

Hi doctor.. I have a 4 month old boy. Two days ago the right edge of his tongue started looking spotty , some of the little buds on the tongue turned red. It runs along the edge of his tongue. Today the left edge of his tongue is showing the same spotty look although it s in a bigger patch on the edge of his tongue and much redder. What can I do and should I be concerned?
Asked On : Wed, 19 Sep 2012
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

Red spots on the tongue can occur due to a number of causes.
However, appearance of these spots in 4 months old baby needs prompt attention.
Erythroplakia, aphthous ulcers, nutritional deficiencies, etc can all cause red colored spots in the oral mucosa.
Aphthous ulcers can occur due to fungal infections.
Various vitamins especially B-complex group, niacin can cause these spots.
Consult your pediatrician for clinical examination, investigations and appropriate management.

Thanks and take care
Dr Shailja P Wahal
Answered: Wed, 17 Jul 2013
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