For about 2 months now, I've been experiencing a dry mouth/throat as well as a white coating on my tongue. It can be brushed off or scraped off by a tongue scraper, but within a few hours, the coating is back. I don't think it's oral thrush, but I'm not sure. I also thought it might be dehydration so I drank about a gallon of water yesterday, and another gallon today, and it hasn't helped. In fact, drinking water makes the feeling/dryness in my mouth seem to get worse. Eating helps because it stimulates saliva production, but only for a few minutes and I can't go around eating 24/7
Does anyone know what this could be and what I can do about it?
I think with oral thrush if you scrape away the white stuff there is red tissue that can bleed. Also I believe it can be quite painful. Have you tried gargling with hydrogen peroxide a couple of times a day? Don't swallow it just swish it around your mouth & spit. If you are othewise healthy I don't think it would be anything serious. If you have a disease that effects your immune system it could be a serious condition.
Oh! Something I forgot to mention: I just finished an accutane course about 3 months ago, and accutane, from what i've read, has been known to compromise the immune system. I have also gotten sick more than usual after taking accutane. This is probably a part of it right?
I suppose it could be. I don't know a lot about accutane but if it does compromise your immune system this could be an infection. Your body would definitely be more suseptible to an infection. Have you had a temp? I would maybe just call your doctor's nurse and explain your symptoms to her. She can go over your records with your doctor and decide whether you need to start antibiotics or not.
Hullo! It might be completely unrelated but I had a dry mouth and a slightly swollen white tongue- with white stuff at the back mainly. I tried mouthwash, scraping, couldn't seem to get rid of it. My doc didn't even look at it; she said if it was an infection it would be sore and I'd have trouble eating. Which I don't. I've also had 5 trips to the dentist since then and though I didn't ask her, she didn't mention seeing any dental problems other than fillings. The doc suggested dehydration, but drinking more water didn't help.
About 7 months after it started, I got a 'mild bowel infection' that turned out to be post-viral fatigue.
The reason I wonder if its connected is that I read somewhere that white stuff at the back of the tongue might indicate an imbalance of flora in the gut, which is also mooted as a potential cause of chronic fatigue. So try probiotics and make sure your vitamins are all up to scratch.