Symptom: Yellow tongue

    Yellow tongue — a yellow discoloration of your tongue — is usually a temporary, harmless problem. Most often, yellow tongue is an early sign of a disorder known as black hairy tongue. Rarely, yellow tongue may be a sign of jaundice, a yellowing of the eyes and skin, which sometimes indicates liver or gallbladder problems.

    Self-care is usually all that's needed to treat yellow tongue, unless it's related to another medical condition.

    Yellow tongue

    Also, the longer-than-normal papillae can easily trap cells that have shed, which become stained by tobacco, food or other substances. Mouth breathing or dry mouth may also be linked to yellow tongue.

    Other causes of a yellow tongue may include, for example:

    1. Black hairy tongue
    2. Geographic tongue
    3. Jaundice

    Causes shown here are commonly associated with this symptom. Work with your doctor or other health care professional for an accurate diagnosis.


    Quitting smoking and increasing fiber in your diet also may help by decreasing the bacteria in your mouth that cause yellow tongue and reducing the buildup of dead skin cells.

    Schedule a doctor's visit if:

    • You're concerned about persistent discoloration of your tongue
    • Your skin or the whites of your eyes also appear yellow, as this may suggest jaundice


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