Is ‘COVID tongue’ the newest symptom? Here’s why experts aren’t convinced.

Is ‘COVID tongue’ the newest symptom? Here’s why experts aren’t convinced.

Although COVID-19 cases are starting Downward trend In the US, millions are still battling the virus – and struggling to sift through their symptoms in the process. In recent months, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has added new symptoms to its information page, including loss of smell / taste and congestion. But now the report of anecdotes has made a new beginning, which earned Moniker “COVID Tongue. “

The report describes several, swollen tongue-like symptoms posted on Facebook, with a scalloped appearance, or a “tongue surface”. Nevertheless, COVID-19 experts say it is too soon to link them. So what exactly is happening? Here you need to know.

Some patients on social media say they have experienced a tongue reaction

In the COVID-19 Facebook group Survivor corps, A grassroots organization of COVID-19 patients, many have shared oral symptoms that they say matched their test positive for coronovirus. Carroll van der Spey, a marketing manager in Cape Town, South Africa, said that when he tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time, he noted those symptoms. “I had big patches [my tongue] It was a different color, ”she says. “It almost looks like it has been ‘burned.’

& Quot;  COVID tongue & quot;  Facebook groups are cropping up, but experts say Yahoo Life's response may be unrelated.  (Photo: Getty Images)
Actual reports of a symptom called “COVID tongue” have cropped up in Facebook groups, but experts tell Yahoo Life the response may be unrelated. (Getty Images)

Martha Barrera, a New Yorker, says she developed symptoms two weeks after receiving COVID-19 in March. Yahoo Life says, “My tongue got faster.” “It was painful and so sensitive and I could not tolerate anything cold or hot. It was also white … no matter how many times I brushed, the color was different. The doctor did not know what to do, so he gave thrush medicine for three weeks. Ten months later, my tongue turned blue. I still have issues. “

Little research has been done to suggest that symptoms are associated with COVID-19

Two small studies have analyzed COVID-19 and oral symptoms, neither of which is conclusive. One comes from researchers at Madrid’s La Paz Hospital, who reviewed the records of more than 600 COVID-19 patients, and found that 25 percent of them had some kind of tongue reaction. “We found a change in the tongue that was not associated with Kovid yet,” Said In a press release, Dr. Almudena Nuno Gonzalez. “The tongue is enlarged, it appears swollen, tooth marks can be seen and … with small indentations in the back where the taste buds are flattened.”

There was another report Posted on Is in Egyptian Journal of Otolaryngology In mid-January but included fewer details about possible symptoms. In this, the researchers simply stated that the symptoms should not be ignored. “This is important for ENT [ear, nose and throat] Physicians have placed a high index of suspicion to identify those COVID 19 patients the authors write.

Experts in the US say they have not seen a response

According to many experts who spoke with Yahoo Life, there is not enough evidence at this point to link this symptom to COVID-19. Experts at Mount Sinai Health System Center for Post-Kovid Care – the first recovery center for survivors in the US – have not seen a “single case” involving COVID tongue among “thousands of patients”.

Doctors at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center said that the tongue reaction is also not a condition they are treating. Dr. Jeffrey Horowitz, Professor of Medicine and Division Director of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, Drs. Jeffrey Horowitz says, “I can’t say that I can do anything like that and that’s not the kind of thing we’ve discussed as a group.

An otolaryngologist says the symptoms may be unrelated

Dr. Nina Shapiro, Director of Pediatric Ear, Nose and Throat UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital And a professor at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA says none of the symptoms described in the study are uncommon, meaning they may be caused by other causes. “Do some of these people have [these symptoms] Anyway, and because they are following so closely, are they finding it? “She asks.” It’s hard to know. “

She notes that common symptoms can be caused by things like the common cold or other diseases, as well as a reaction to certain medications that weaken the immune system, such as steroids. Dexamethasone, a corticosteroid, identified “Is effectiveTreatment for COVID-19.

The symptoms themselves are less mysterious than they seem

Shapiro breaks down exactly what is happening in strange details from studies. “Some of these photos [in the studies] The tongue, she says, resembles a map with discoloration of small islands and whiteness, called the ‘geographical tongue’. “It is associated with cold and other types of diseases, but is not a worrisome condition in itself.” The Mayo Clinic describes the geographic tongue as “an inflammatory but harmless condition affecting the surface of your tongue”.

She suggests that sores or other sores on the tongue may be a sign of another infection. “Ulcers such as tongue sores can be associated with viral disease,” she says. “It may be caused by a secondary viral infection, such as shingles, or other types of viruses that grow in the mouth and throat such as coxsackievirus. So there can definitely be a viral association. “

A woolly-looking tongue, Shapiro says, is possibly Candida. “The furry tongue, where it almost looks like a little shag carpet, is usually just a fungal infection,” she says. “If your immune system is weakened for any reason – which can only be caused by stress or some of the treatments that they are using – then you can develop secondary infections like Candida of the mouth.”

And what about the scalloped appearance? Apart from that there is nothing to worry about. “Some irregularity to the boundaries of the tongue can result from a lot of things,” she says. “A lot of patients have been described [in the studies] There was pneumonia so they can be put on intubat or oxygen and may be severely dehydrated or congested. “

Overall, Shapiro says, oral issues are usually secondary, not “primary problems”. They are also unrelated to the loss of smell and taste, which originate from the olfactory nerves. So different from antifungal drugs or other targeted drugs, she says, the best way to address them is to get rid of the underlying infection. “They must resolve as the disease resolves.”

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