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Posted by: Vika | 2004/11/13

Mapped tongue

Hi Doc,

My wife is 36 weeks pregnant. Two weeks ago she started having a mapped tongue, part of her tongue is white. We went to see a doctor and she was given nystatin. The white spots have not disappeared as yet. What can we do. Should she go for blood tests?

Before she started having a mapped tongue, she was on antibiotics after suffering a chest infection (due to exposure to cats). Could the antibiotics have caused this problem? Will it affect the unborn child? Please help.

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Vika, it sounds like the correct diagnosis (oral thrush) was made and the correct treatment given. If it doesn’t clear up within a day or two of the medicine being finished, the best would be to go back to the doctor.
It was probably due to the antibiotics, but I doubt that it will effect the baby.
If you’re interested in something I wrote on tongue changes you can mail me at CyberDoc@mweb.co.za. Good luck.

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