Look at the colour
A healthy tongue should: Be pinkish in colour
A dark red shade: Indicates inflammation
A brownish or black discolouration of the tongue is caused due of excess consumption of tobacco, gutka and paan.
A strawberry pink tongue could indicate the onset of scarlet fever or Kawasaki disease
A thick white coating could be due to the over-secretion of bile in the liver and gall bladder.
When the tongue turns blue or purple, it’s time to seek urgent medical help.
White patches can indicate a fungal infection or leukoplakia.
Look at the surface:
A healthy person’s tongue must be light pink and moist.
Lack of normal texture called as bald tongue can occur due to deficiency of Vitamin B complex or Iron.
Patches or spots means the person could be prone to allergies.
A dry tongue is a sign of stress, since the salivary glands are not functioning at optimum level.
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