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White coated tongue, negative for HIV, candida, on medicines for thrush, smoking addiction. What could it be?

I have a slightly white coated tongue for over two months it has got better than when I first noticed it after a round of antibiotics . I have been tested for HIV - negative, no Candidia showing in culture. I have been on medicines for thrush and will see slight improvements. I do have days when I am achy and tired. I am a 34 year old female who smokes. I am currently being referred to an ENT. I am a 6 year recovering addict (mostly alcohol). Any ideas what this may be?
Asked On : Thu, 23 Aug 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks forposting your query.
White coated tounge may be due to leukoplakia, oral thrush and during tyhpoid fever.
You should consult with ENT surgeon and physician and go for widal test.
After prolonged antibiotic course, candida albicans fungus which is a nromal commensal of our body may proliferate.
You should try to maintain normal commensal floraa of your body after discussion with physcian.
If all things appears to be normal, then you should consult with dermatologist for leukoplakia.
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
Answered: Fri, 24 Aug 2012
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