See something funky in the mirror? Don’t worry, it’s most likely not a strange tongue disease. It could, however, signal something important about your health.
You see: Strawberry red : It could mean: You have a vitamin deficiency. A glossy, bright red tongue may be a sign your body is lacking iron or B12.
“Vitamin B12 and iron are needed to mature papillae on the tongue,” says Naomi Ramer, DDS, director of Oral & Maxillofacial Pathology at Mount Sinai Hospital.
“If you are deficient in those vitamins, you lose those papillae, which can make your tongue appear very smooth.” If you are experiencing a vitamin deficiency you’ll most likely notice other symptoms as well such as fatigue, weakness, balance problems, and memory difficulties.
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In severe cases, this “balding” can cause pain when eating hot liquids or spicy food. Vegetarians are especially prone to low levels of B12, which is found in certain meats.
“If you notice your whole tongue is a strawberry red color, and you are a vegetarian, ask your doctor about taking supplements,” says Dale Amanda Tylor, MD, MPH, general and pediatric otolaryngologist at Washington Township Medical Foundation.
° By Kelsey Kloss
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