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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What does orange coating on tongue along with cracked nails indicate?

3 months ago I noticed an orange paste on my tongue that goes away with brushing but reappears within a day or two. I ignored it, but a week ago I noticed that my toe nails have horizontal cracks and now have a yellow hue to them. Yesterday I noticed that my palms and soles of my feet have an orange tone to them. It is more prominent on my hands than my feet. I also did a small workout a few days ago, and my muscles have never been this sore for so long from only a couple minutes or exercise.
Wed, 22 Apr 2015
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Dentist 's  Response
Can understand your concern..

As per the symptoms..

Orange paste on your tongue may be due to poor oral hygeine leading to accumulation of food debris on the tongue giving it a orange hue.
You can use a tongue cleaner and clean your tongue twice daily to avoid accumulates over the tongue..

Poor oral hygeine can at times lead to bacterial infection on tongue..

Other reason can be fungal infection (Mold infection) if you are getting exposed to it.
The best way to cure is to eliminate mold from the environment if it is present followed by anti fungal medication..

It may also be due to yeast infection..

Keeping a good oral hygiene and taking Probiotics in diet like Yoghurt can be helpful homely remedies to treat your problem..

But if it is associated with burning,itching of tongue you should see a doctor soon..

Brittle and cracking toe nails can be due to fungal infection or nutritional deficiency.

As you told that you have a yellow hue on the nails and orange hue on the palms and feet it may be due to dysfunction of liver causing increased liver enzymes causing discoloration of the mucosal surfaces and may be diagnostic of Jaundice..

You should also get checked for HYPOTHYROIDISM as in hypothyroidism also brittle nails and yellow to orange hue as well as fatigue and muscle soreness is evident..

You should see a doctor soon and get your investigations done and furthur treatment will be based on the laboratory investigations and clinical examination..

Hope your query is solved..

Thanks and regards..
Dr.Honey Nandwani Arora..
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