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Posted by: Advise Needed. | 2004/11/29

Blue Tongue.

Hi Doc,

I have a close family friend who drinks excessively and the other night he showed me his tongue (thinking it was a big joke) only to see that his tongue is a blue / purple colour! I know it has been like this for quiet some time and i mentioned to his wife that i would post a question on Health24.

Do you have any idea what would cause this? Is this from to much alcohol or could there be something else that could cause this?

Many Thanks

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AN, I suppose it might be due to his drinking, but a lung problem should also be seriously considered. The best would be for him to see a specialist physician and make sure that there isn’t a serious underlying problem. Good luck.

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