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Tongue has white vein like lines on the sides and red bumps beneath. What could this be?

on monday i had a few white little spots on the tip of my tongue because I am pretty sure i burned it. the white spots are almost gone but now the side of by tongue look like they have white little vein like lines on the side and when i lift my tongue up i have little red bumps, not a lot for 3 or 4. I have no idea what any of this is
Asked On : Mon, 1 Oct 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
hello and welcome,
is this the first time you are getting such lesions or how often you get this type of lesions..
according to your description,it can be a case of either benign migratory glossitis or aphthous ulcer.
final diagnosis can be made only after seeing biopsy.
benign migratory glossitis is a psoriasisform mucositis of dorsum of tongue.
its dominant charecteristic is a constantly changing pattern of serpiginous white lines surrounding areas of smooth,depapillated mucosa.
the changing appearance has led some to call this the wandering rash of tongue,with the depapillated treatment is usually necessary for benign migratory glossitis and stomatitis.
symptomatic lesions can be treated with topical prednisolone and a topical or systemic antifungal medication.occasional symptomatic cases respond well to topical tetracycline or systemic,broad-spectrum antibiotics.
if this lesion is aphthous ulcer, it can be treated by tab.flanzen and tab.wysalone.
Answered: Mon, 1 Oct 2012
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Dentist Dr. Geoffrey Ward's  Response
Hello and thank you for your question.
What you are describing is typically called linea alba or literally: white line. You possibly rub your tongue against your teeth or bite on it subconsciously or in your sleep. It is basically a callous that forms on your tongue. It is benign and not dangerous. However you should watch for changes in shape and size. You should also address with a dentist for observation professionally with a possible biopsy to rule out other dangerous pathologies.

Best regards

Dr. Ward
Answered: Sat, 13 Oct 2012
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