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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hi, I am experiencing a brown streak on my tongue which has become flaky in the middle - i am convinced that small bits are coming off but possibly these are bits of food. I am not sure. Otherwise i have no pain or swelling or changes in taste etc
Doctor :   hI
User :   hello
Doctor :   could you tell me from how long have you been noticing this?
User :   about a week now, i think it has been getting a little worse each day until last night i noticed the (possible) bits coming off. So this morning i have begun using corsodyl mouthwash in case it is a fungal infection etc
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   may I know your age ?
User :   28
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   i do smoke, and have done for the past few years. 5 a day at the very most, usually just 2
Doctor :   any history of diabetes, high blood pressure or anything significant?
User :   alcohol rarely, once a month or so
User :   parents both with diabetes, father has high blood pressure issues
Doctor :   have you recovered recently from any infection or illness? like cold, cough, fever, etc?
User :   no recent illnesses
Doctor :   ok apart from the tongue changes any dental caries? gum bleed? etc.
User :   no pain, no bleeding
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I can possibly think of these reasons
Doctor :   1.smoking 2. anemia 3. vitamin deficiency
Doctor : underlying infection
Doctor :   5.having very hot drinks, spicy food, and changes in diet
User :   i have definitely been eating less recently as part of a small weight-loss program
User :   and taking a few supplements in that respect
Doctor : times it could just be out of no reason.
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   I suggest you to cut down on smoking and continue good supplements.
User :   which vitamin could i be deficient in which would cause this?
Doctor :   meanwhile get checked for anemia
Doctor :   any set of vit b
Doctor :   vitamin b2, b6 can ,b12 may cause these things
Doctor :   and an infection of the gums/tooth which could go un noticed.
User :   ok i will try to take some of these supplements
User :   and visit my GP for anaemia check
Doctor :   have you been on any medicines?
Doctor :   drugs like antibiotics, pain killers do cause changes.
User :   not particularly, recently i was on a small course of valium, only for 2 weeks but no pain killers or anti-biotics
Doctor :   I advice you to follow good oral hygiene , frequent mouth rinses after meals and continue the mouth washes
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   also see to it you drink many glasses of water daily
User :   yes i dont drink enough water and am excercising more recently
Doctor :   this will keep your oral cavity, and body hydrated preventing the coatings to acumalate
User :   so maybe dehydrated also?
Doctor :   I can think of these causes as of now, smoking being the most likely one in your case.
Doctor :   yes, it could be due to dehydration .good amount of water will help you.
Doctor :   also make sure your tooth paste is mild enough.
Doctor :   avoid coffee, tea, aerated drinks.
User :   yes coffee intake definitely increased recently, 1 cup a day to 3/4 in past week or so
Doctor :   get a routine blood and urine test done.
Doctor :   I feel doing these will surely help.
Doctor :   you could scrap the collections every morning but be verygentle while doing them.
Doctor :   multivitamins and antioxidants, fresh fruit juices, green leafy vegetables and water always help.
User :   ok i will visit my GP, i tried last night to brush my tongue with my toothbrush but it made no difference really
Doctor :   i hope i have answered all your questions.
Doctor :   is there anything else I could help you with?
Doctor :   yes, that would be good to visit the doctor.
User :   ok i will do that, thank you very much for all your help dr.
Doctor :   pleasure here.
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me.
User :   have a good day
User :   good bye
Doctor :   thank you, good day.
Doctor :   Bye for now.
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