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White and red patches on tongue

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Hello, I have had some white patches in my tongue. My doctors have just ignored the fact saying it's normal and the other one said it's just some fungal infection. It has been there for 3-4 years. And i didn't take care of it because the doctors said it's normal. I recently discovered a red patch in the middle of my tongue over the white part. I am really scared now, I don't know what to do. I am 22 years old and I smoke around 3-4 cigarettes a day since last 3 years. Please, help

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replied December 19th, 2017
Cancers Answer A62806
Most White lesions involving the oral mucosa are benign and do not require treatment.

Benign lesions include congenital or developmental conditions such as white sponge nevus, keratosis follicularis, hereditary benign intraepithelial dyskeratosis, pachyonychia congenita, and Fordyce granules.

Other benign conditions that do not require intervention include keratotic lesions such as hairy tongue.

In contrast, other diseases that may require intervention include cancers, etc.

Hence it would be recommended that you consult a doctor or your dentist who can examine you and provide specific medical opinion.

I hope this helps.

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