A pimple on the tongue (red, white vesicle) is a symptom that is generally not serious and can be a sign of several causes (infections, angina, inflammation, mouth ulcers, herpes, etc.).
There are different types of buttons. What is called “button” in everyday language is generally a vesiclewhich is characterized by a skin elevation and a fluid content which may be pus or other fluid. Depending on its appearance and location, the language button may have different causes. The stress ? A sickness ? An infection ? Is that bad ?
The vesicle on the tongue has a very large number of causes:
When it’s about “white lesions” which appear as whitish patches on the tongue, the most common cause is an infection by a fungus (mycosis). These lesions can also be associated with a thickening of the surface of the tongue, we then speak of “keratotic white lesions”. These can be linked to an infection, a cancerous tumor, an immune disorder…”Before these whitish deposits appear, the tongue may be bright pinksays Dr. Florent Sancini. They can evolve and color the tongue black.
This may for example be due to:
In case of doubt, significant discomfort, or if the symptoms persist, it is recommended to consult a health professional. The diagnosis of these different pimples is essentially clinical. Doctors take few local samples for laboratory analysis. They are usually carried out in case of infections by a fungus to identify the species involved, or in the case of a bacterial infection to select the right antibiotic.
► In case of bacterial cause. The doctor can prescribe antibiotics (if the bacterial lesions are very extensive and important) or antifungals (in case of infection by a fungus), associated with antiseptic mouthwashes. “I usually prescribe sodium bicarbonate mouthwashes. This limits the proliferation of germs“, indicates the general practitioner. The duration of treatment depends on the extent of the lesions.
► In case of viral cause. “For pimples linked to viral infections, there is no treatment”. In addition, the use of local treatments is also possible to relieve pain and pimples on the tongue: mouthwashes and/or application of a gel.
► To eliminate fungusthe treatment must last between 15 and 21 days. It is a long treatment because these pathogens proliferate very quickly, and from scratch. The risk of recurrence is therefore high if the patient takes his treatment badly or for too long.
Thanks to Dr Florent Sancini general practitioner in Aix-en-Provence.
Albumin is a protein normally present in the blood, not in the urine. When it…
Inflammatory breast cancer is a rare but aggressive type of breast tumour, which represents 1…
The blood ionogram is one of the most requested laboratory tests. It includes the dosage…