Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

158 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

Developed a white tongue with a sour taste in mouth. Will it be cured by probiotics?

Answered by
Dr.
Dr. Charles S Narasi

Gastroenterologist

Practicing since :1962

Answered : 693 Questions

default
Posted on Tue, 11 Dec 2012 in Dental Health
Question: I was recently in the hospital on powerful IV antibiotics for ruptured appendix, then sent home with Cipro and Flagyl while waiting interval appendectomy. Since my hospital stay, I have develeoped a white tongue with a sour taste in my mouth that no amount of oral hygiene will assuage. Assuming this is an overgrowth of bactiera (such as candida), will probiotics help? And what else should I do to get back to normal?
doctor
Answered by Dr. Charles S Narasi 45 minutes later
Hello, XXXXXXX,
From your history of having received antibiotics and a very
good description of your tongue lesion, you are right on the
money about your suspicion of fungal infection such as
Candida. Unfortunately, this is an expected complication
of using antibiotics especially two in your case.
I have always advised my patients who go on antibiotics
that it is a good idea to simultaneously start taking a
probiotic pill a day. You do need to build up the good
bacteria.
As for your tongue and mouth lesions, you can start
using a mouthwash with Nystatin. You can use this as
a rinse about four times a day till th infection clears.
There are also lozenges (Anti-fungal) such as Fungilin
or even oral Gel with Micanazole.
When once you are off the antibiotics, that should help
too.
This will clear in a week or ten days. Appropriate oral
hygiene is important. Stick to bland foods and avoid
excess caffeine, alcohol and real spicy foods. Yogurt,
plain is very good also.
Hope you feel better soon.
Wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
doctor
premium_optimized

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Drug/Medication ,   ,  
Medical Procedures
Medical Topics ,  

Recent questions on  Metronidazole

doctor1 MD

Hello, my name is Cheryl. I am a 45 yr old female. Was diagnosed several yrs ago with IBS (cramping, bloating, alternating constipation/diarrhea). About 8 yrs ago was diagnosed with diverticulitis, confirmed with followup sigmoidoscopy. Have had several flareups since then treated with liquid diet and antibiotics. About 18 months ago developed hives (now chronic). The hives clear up when I am on antibiotics for diverticulitis (flagyl/cipro). Have had a CT scan (said nothing remarkable), have had stool cultures for parasites, bloodwork (CBC, TSH, tested for lupus, etc)-everything negative. Am back to diarrhea with stomach pain, undigested food and mucous in stool. Tried probiotics, made hives worse (cortisone shot also made hives worse). Have also had some RAST tests for food allergies, all negative, and stopped eating gluten a couple of years ago. Do you have any suggestions of what I might request to be tested for at this point? Thank you for your time.

doctor1 MD

I experienced some mild discomfort om my cheek last wednesday evening and woke up with an extremely swollen and painful cheek in the early hours of the morning so thinking it may be an abscess took 2 x 500mg amoxycillin and a panedine forte (500mf paracetamol. 30mg codiene).. Took a further 500mg amoxylcillin at 6 hourly intervals but when swelling increased went to ER and was given 2 lots of IV antibiotics plus prescriptions for metronidazole and amoxyicillin and had to report back the next day for follow-up.. all is fine swelling is slowly going down not too much pain now.. Had xray which showed no signs pf abscess or cysts or bone lesion or cavitys.. all was normal.. so wjere could the infectiom have come from,?? also my blood pressure is normally 130 over 85 and is usually good but I do take 5mg of civersyl (perindopril arginine) but since this cheek problem my blood pressure is 182 oner 90 pulse 80.. Is this high should I have more follow up???

doctor1 MD

Hi doctor this is amit kalra.now i am in uae. i went for operation 8 months back in india for pilinidal sinus.now from last three months i have problem in that area where doctor had given stiches. i shown one doctor here in dubai he told little bit infection is there and he prescribed metronidazole plus fusibact cream but again same problem arises at different place but in that stiches part only not elsewhere. can you tell me this is problem related to operation. now here doctor is saying may be there will be chance for same problem again and he prescribed ciprofloxacin tablet for 5 days

doctor1 MD

hi. i am an 18 year old female with Crohn s disease. 1 month ago i had a colectomy. Up until yesterday, everything was healing perfectly, but now the top of my incision is red, sore, and oozing pus. At my house, my medicine cabinet has 3 antibiotics leftover from various family members. Given my situation, would Clindamycin, Flagyl, or Cipro be best? I d love any input cause i d like to nip this infection in the bud asap. and i cannot get ahold of my doctor. I m jut worried because they say that Clindamycin is bad with Crohn s. please help!

doctor1 MD

I have swollen gums , ulcers on my tongue, and my lower lip has several canker sores. I have been taking metronidazole for the last 3 days. Is this a side effect of the medicine or something else?

doctor1 MD

I have diverticulitis and usually take Bactrim but now I am on Keytruda for lung cancer . I have a prescribed bottle of Metronidazole and don't want any drug interaction with Keytruda and need to know if I can take the Metronidazole for the...

doctor1 MD

I am currently 25 and fighting alcoholism! today it the first day I didn't drink in a while but, i was always drinking hard liquor most days throughout the years as I I'm allergic to beer. I have fructose allergies and so that has caused a lot of...