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    Hello Bothersome Tongue
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    macca421 posted:
    Hello everybody,

    I have had this red strip down my tongue for the past week, just wondering if anyone could identify it, all help would be much appreciated, it doesnt hurt but i can feel it there, i also have a cold sore on my lip, are the related? and some little spots on the red strip! i usually have very good oral health, thanks in advance

    Neil
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    Gwen Cohen Brown, DDS, FAAOMP responded:
    Hi macca421,

    Unfortunately what you are describing is not specific enough for me to provide accurate guidance with respect to the red stripe on your tongue.

    What I can tell you is that it is absolutely not caused by the same virus that causes cold sores. In healthy patients the virus that causes cold sores only develops on non movable mucosa specifically the gingiva (gum tissue) or hard palate.

    The virus that causes cold sore is a non sexually transmitted human herpes virus and when 'cold sores' develop inside the mouth they never occur on movable mucosa (inside of the lips, cheek, tongue, floor of the mouth).

    I suggest that you see your dentist or physician for a more definitive diagnosis and treatment suggestions.

    Dr. Gwen Cohen Brown


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