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Purple/Brown patches on tongue

  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • February 3, 2007
  • 09:58 PM


i hope someone can help me. For a while now, a few years i have had purple/brown patches on my tongue, it almost looks bruised. I didn't pay much attention to it in the past but only recently its beginning to annoy me. I showed my doctor this who said it looked like a perfectly normal tongue. I did get swabs taken but they came back normal. My tongue doesn't hurt, but i just feel abnormal having patches on it. I remember a few years ago, i ate something hot and burnt my tongue, so i don't know if this has anything to do with it. Also i went to one of those Chinese Herbal doctors today and the lady told me i had poor circulation and that my blood was blocked somewhere?? I do have a hormone deficiency so don't know if that has anything to do with it.

I've searched the internet and it comes up with all kinds of scarey stuff. I dont know if im over reacting, can anyone help?

Thank you

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  • hi, a releif to find your note, i have just noticed on my nearlt one year old daughter that she has two bruised patches on her tongue that havn't been there before today, and i have not noticed that she has banged her head or mouth recently, what is it? it doesnt seem to bother her but it does look sore, they are purple brown bruise looking marks on the left and right side of her tongue, maybe it has something to do with teething and her biting her tongue in her sleep, maybe? have you had any more luck with your searching for an answer?
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  • Hi!My wife has also similar purple / brown patches on her tongue. Our family doctor also had given the same comment, that it is normal. Just before yesterday, one homoepathic doctor told that she should have some stomach related probelm, I think he by this he meant indigestion related problem. But actually she doesnot have any indigestion problem now. So, just doubting something else, I turned to Internet to find some probable reason. And I saw just (these) couple of comments regarding "Purple/Brown Patches on the tongue". Does anybody has answer to this? Is it because of poor blood circulation? regards,
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  • Sucking on someone's tongue can cause this kind of bruise.As for infants with this symptom, it may be from the norma sucking they do from a bottle or mother's breast that their tongue gets caught in the sucking action.
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    • October 16, 2008
    • 00:37 AM
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  • I also have a question regarding this. Last night my 10 yr. old daughter discovered that she has two round purple bruises on her tongue. They look as though her two canine teeth would have caused it. However, her teeth are the same length across the front, so if she had bitten her tongue, there would be a line of bruises across the front. She says they don't hurt. It's just odd, and I want to make sure that it isn't a symptom of something else.
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    • November 19, 2009
    • 06:54 PM
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  • Hi ! My mother has the same problem with the purple spots on her toungue for a few years now , I don't think is normal at all , this is the only forum where I found comments about this issue, I must add the fact that my mother has heart problems ...Maybe it's true about the poor blood circulation
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    • February 27, 2010
    • 07:40 PM
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  • Hi i am 13 year old girl and my tongue has be like brown at the back bit but i keep bruhsing it but only a bit comes off all my mates are noticing it and saying stuff i was wondering what it was and if it was seriouse please reply
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    • August 11, 2010
    • 10:19 PM
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  • Hello, I'm 17, today I recently discovered a purple/brown spot on the right side of my tongue..I think it's my smoking but i don't know.. I'm not worried or anything.
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  • I have them as well, And My heart is slightly enlarged and often get chest pain (yes I have a doc check into, cant find anything wrong :-/) I do deal with poor circulation...
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  • Hi everyone, I've just read all the comments re the purple and burnt looking marks on the sides of the tongue. I had the same problem am a female 25. I showed my Tongue to a Chinese medicine, she told me I had too much heat in my body. Sounded crazy at the time, but I did take some herbal Medicine from her which I took for two weeks. It's been about 10 weeks now and since I noticed the discolouration on my tongue disappeared. I started to eat healthier and drink at least 2 litres of water a day. Also exercising by going gym and doing yoga. Honestly I've lose over 1 stone and the colour of my Tongue has become normal the purple marks have disappeared. I personally can say from experience I believe the lady from he chinese herbal shop did tell me the right prognosis. It was definitely related to my digestive system and over heated body as I used to sweet a lot from my underarms. I hope this helps.
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  • Hey guys I've had the same thing occur to me and I've seen my doctor and he said that it is to do with bacteria. You can buy a special captial to clear it faster but it should regularly clear in about 1-2 days. If it's not going away for you I recommend seeing a doctor and getting it checked out.
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