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Oral Thrush or Candidiasis



Hi Doctor Kalmar and thank you for your quick answer (wich is pasted below) now the white spots have dissapeared, the next day I noticed them) but this morning I woke up an noticed a white area on the back lower side of my tongue which hurts a little bit if I touch it with my nail. Is it possible that the fact that I had an aspirin against that side the other night may have caused this? it`s not round is more like a strip or extended area along the side Thanks again.


Question: Good afternoon, I`m not sure how to call it or if it`s the same condition. But is it possible to develop this condition as a few maybe 2 or 3 tiny white spots on the tongue in an area that is no bigger than 1cm by 1cm? and if so would it hurt or is not painful? Sorry for my english but I`m from Argentina and it`s not my first tongue Thank you very much in advance Jose

Answer: Thank you for visiting NetWellness. It is difficult for me to understand your question. Can you provide me with more information?

1. Do your tiny white tongue spots hurt? 2. How quickly did they develop? 3. How long do they last? 4. Where exactly do they appear on your tongue? 5. Do they always appear in the same place?

Knowing the answers to these questions will keep my guesswork to a minimum.


What you are now describing sounds like it is one of the normal structures of the lower side of the tongue. This structure is known as the fimbriated fold. This little ridge of tissue may have finger-like projections (fimbriae) and can usually be seen on both sides of the tongue. While the two sides might not look identical, they are often very similar.


Occasionally one side might become injured from biting or chewing or sharp food and this can produce slight tenderness. Any mild symptoms should clear up with 3-4 days. Hope this helps.

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John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University