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I noticed a yellow area on the side if my tongue. I am not sure if this is normal and always been there. The tissue just looks more yellow than the opposite side and has veins in the top of it. Is the very back bottom lateral base I tongue. Is this something to have checked out or just normal?

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Kim - Relax - your picture shows that yellow area, but it is not abnormal. It is a combination of fatty tissue and glandular tissue.  This is totally normal and nothing to worry about.  If you ever see ulerations associated, then it needs to be evaluated, but what you have is totally normal.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired

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I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon and I am available to answer questions related to tooth extractions, implant insertion, facial recontruction, facial and oral tumor removal, TMJ dysfunction and various successful treatments, including surgery if all else fails, and occlusal discrepancy requiring orthognathic or jaw surgery.

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