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White residue over the tongue - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I suffer from anxiety and recently im getting allot of stress, ive noticed my tongue has a total white cover over it, i can brush it off but it appears the next day. there's no pain and it doesn't spread its just on my tongue?.
Doctor :   Hello.
User :   Hello
Doctor :   since when are you having this complaint?
User :   i had a rely bad depression in 2007
Doctor :   You didn't answer my question.
User :   for about 6 months
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Does the white thing come off like a plastic sheet?
User :   no, it comes off in tiny particles when i brush it
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   After brushing does the area becomes red?
User :   no its nice and clean and looks a healthy pink colour
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you smoke?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Is it present only over the tongue or on the cheeks as well?
User :   just on my tongue
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Are you on any medications?
User :   Not at the moment, the doctor prescribed me with a anti anxiety medication wich i have yet to pick up.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Do you use any mouth wash?
User :   no just tooth paste when brushing.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   When was the last time you had a medical check up?
Doctor :   Do you know your HB level? as anemia is one of the reasons for it.
User :   about 4 weeks ago, i had bloods taken and they checked my liver function, kidney fucntion, and red blood cells and white cells and they all came back normal. i presume the HB level was normal as the doc never mentioned it.
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   are you wearing dental braces?
User :   no
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   Try a good mouthwash for a week.
Doctor :   If still persists you can contact a dentist.
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