Surely you are used to seeing your tongue reddish-pink, whose texture is smooth, so it is normal for you to be alarmed if you notice that it changes color. However, the mouth can reflect the general state of health of your body, so any change in it could indicate an infection or another problem. In the case of the tongue, it can change its color and appearance for various reasons, although it does not always mean that there is a pathology.
One of the strangest colors that the tongue can present is a greenish tone. So keep reading if you ask yourself, “Why is my tongue greenish yellow?” Since in this article, we explain why it is and the possible existing treatments to combat this problem.
Why is my tongue greenish yellow?
There are a variety of causes why your tongue can turn green or a greenish yellowish tone, and they must be taken into account to end the problem as soon as possible. The most frequent causes are the following:
Badly healed tongue piercing.
Other causes: eating foods with chlorophyll or green dye, upper respiratory infection or some liver problems.
Why do I have a green tongue: oral yeast infection?
Oral candidiasis is one of the most common causes for which you can see a green tongue and is due to infections caused by fungi. This condition is considered to be of the opportunistic type. That is, it attacks your body when its immune system is weak, although it also occurs in people who have been using a poorly fitted prosthesis or for a long period. This problem usually produces a white tongue, but if it becomes superinfected by bacteria or uses antifungals and antibiotics, it can turn a green tone.
Other symptoms of oral or oral candidiasis when you have this condition are: bad breath, burning sensation, pain when eating spicy and general discomfort.
Treating yeast infections is often about ending the infection by applying antifungal medications topically. With this and a proper diet and hydration, the problem usually disappears in a short time.
The tongue is made up of filiform papillae, thanks to which we notice different flavors, and it is normal for these to come off the tongue at more or less regular intervals of time, just like the natural peeling of the skin. However, there are cases where this detachment does not occur regularly and, consequently, the papillae lengthen, grow and the tips can darken. Also, people who suffer from elongated papillae are at higher risk for bacterial infections.
This excessive growth causes the tongue to darken, and a brown or brown tongue can be seen, yellow or somewhat greenish in the center at the edges and, finally, it can become almost black. If you see that there is an intense yellow or green color in any part of the darkened tongue, it may be due to an infection.
The causes of the black, hairy or hairy tongue can be many, but, above all, it occurs when there is a moment of very high stress (which produces a sudden increase in some hormones) and, just as more gray hair can suddenly appear in a specific area of hair due to a great shock or sudden stress, this problem can occur on the tongue. Other causes can be very poor oral hygiene, excessive tobacco consumption along with poor hygiene or the abuse of very strong mouthwashes.
The green color on the tongue due to infection in the piercing
A tongue piercing is a source of infections because there has been a wound through which, if the injury is not properly cared for until it heals, bacteria or any pathogen capable of causing an infection can penetrate. So you have any wound in the mouth and it becomes infected, a yellowish or green color can also appear on the tongue, which indicates that there is pus in the wound. You will notice other symptoms if your tongue piercing has become infected are a pain in the area and a very bad taste in your mouth.
Other causes of green tongue
There are other less frequent causes or that have not been proven, but it is suspected that due to them, your tongue may turn green.
Some foods with chlorophyll can leave this color on your tongue, but don’t worry, as this will disappear over time as you drink and eat more.
When there is an upper respiratory infection affecting the throat and mucus, the tongue may have a slightly green hue.
It can also be due to a problem with liver function. When bilirubin increases, the tongue may appear yellowish or, less commonly, greenish. In addition, the mucous membranes, the whites of the eyes and skin turn yellowish.
Remember to have correct oral hygiene and not only your teeth but also your tongue. Also, do not hesitate to go to the doctor whenever you think it is minimally necessary or have doubts. Of course, if you see a very yellow or somewhat greenish tone (or even another color change, such as a brown or brown tone) on your tongue, do not hesitate to go to the doctor. Once I give you a diagnosis and a treatment, make sure you follow it correctly.