Oral Surgery/Tongue prob



I was diagnosed with geographic tongue. Now I noticed this yellowish coating on the back of my tongue. What is it? Is it just normal bacteria there? I took some mycelex today maybe that's causing the color? Dr didn't think it was fungal but said I could try it so I did. I do have a burning mouth at times. Also when I rub my tongue on roof of mouth above uvula area upper throat it feels pimply but maybe it supposed to. I am a huge hypochondriac and would appreciate a response. I have visited oral surgeon EnT and regular doctor and dentist. I didn't have the yellow on tongue at time though. This pic was after coffee an hour later. I sent the same pics a
To another expert on here stephen saxe and he said it is not geographic tongue and go followup with oral surgeon ASAP. Not the best thing to tell me especially since I've seen 7 doctors already. Why would he say that?? I trust your opinion. Please get back to me as I am in panic mode. Thanks.

Steve - I don't understand how Dr. Saxe can eliminate geographic tongue as a possible diagnosis.  Seeing a surgeon is  not a bad idea for a knowledgeable doctor to diagnose it in person.  Make sure that the surgeon you do see is a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon.

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Joel S. Teig, DMD, Diplomate ABOMS, retired


I am a board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon 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.


Board Certified Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon practicing for over 20 years. Assistant Clincal Professor at State University School of Dentistry.

American Dental Association, American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

BA- University of Connecticut DMD-University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgical Residency - Roosevelt Hospital, NYC

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