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Friday, May 16, 2008 mspurdy, Community Member, asks

Q: does this cause a white film on your tongue that looks like thrush

Does acid reflux cause a white film on your tongue that looks like thrush and does not brush off..I am not sure what is causing it but I am currently taking prilosec otc...

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5/16/08 9:31am
White areas of the tongue can be a sign of irritation to the tongue, from acid reflux or from other irriatants such as smoking. The next step may be to meet with your doctor and discuss whether your acid reflux symptoms are under control at all times of the day and night, thereby eliminating acid reflux as a possible cause. Reply
gooddog10, Community Member
5/18/08 9:44am

The film on your tongue is indicative of your digestive condition.  Hopefully with the right treatment and you feeling better, it will decrease to the goal of a pink glistening tongue.  I have it too.

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jAMES, Community Member
8/11/08 6:33am

I HAVE LEASIONS AND BUMPS ON THE BACK OF MY TONGUE WITH A WHITE FILM

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kahn, Community Member
4/13/10 1:58pm

I am 100% sure that white tongue is due to acid reflux. I have same problem and when I control my acidity My tongue gets normal

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fonda, Community Member
7/ 2/10 3:28pm

i'm wondering the same thing. doctor told me i had it. and also, alot of burping whethere i have eaten or not. i wake up burping and keep burping all day!!! some accasional heartburn. but, more burping and the white film on the tongue. plus, my tongue is split and open in several areas....

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fonda, Community Member
7/ 2/10 3:34pm

also, very dry mouth when put on a acid pill. is that normal. how can i control it???

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fonda, Community Member
7/ 2/10 3:36pm

if thrush is saliva looking stuff, yes...

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fonda, Community Member
7/ 2/10 3:40pm

i will be starting prilosec tomorrow morning. the doctor had me on one that was way to strong 60 mg. it tore my stomach up!!! lost my appetite. and just miserable. i'm hoping that prilosec will calm the acids down slowly...

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By mspurdy, Community Member— Last Modified: 03/02/13, First Published: 05/16/08