The virus causing COVID-19 is said to impact people in a multitude of ways, ranging from a profound impact on vital functioning to some less commonly heard ones.
There are also some stranger, unpleasant reactions that can be difficult to deal with and impair core bodily functions, including the way you eat, drink or chew.What causes the infamous COVID-tongue?
COVID tongue, the infamous reaction which can change the way your tongue looks is a problem that is being reported by a lot of COVID+ patients.
While there are a lot of underlying factors which impact your tongue health, identifying signs of a COVID-tongue can be a bit trickier. Right now, it is unclear if COVID tongue is a direct impact of the virus or a general response to illness and malaise. Nonetheless, identifying signs of infection can be key to easier diagnosis.
We tell you some of the signs to look for:
Lesions and bumps
If you have an active infection in the body, one of the painful signs you may experience includes lesions and bumps on the tongue and gums.In some cases, patients can also experience terrible ulcers on the surface of the tongue. All of these are signs of irritation or growing allergies. While they are said to go away after a while, nonetheless, it can be a difficult, painful sensation to go through and affect your eating patterns as well.
Experiencing a dry mouth (or tongue) is usually a sign that your mouth is having a difficult time doing its core job, which is making saliva. Sometimes, a dry mouth can also come up if you have a viral infection or a possible autoimmune flare-up.
Dehydration, use of medications, or bad eating habits, which can all happen with a viral infection can also cause dry mouth.
Apart from this, having a dry mouth can also lead to fissuring (cracking) of the lips, dryness, tongue ulcers, gum infections and tooth decay. Therefore, if you start to experience these symptoms, get them checked at once.
Dysgeusia or changed taste
Dysgeusia or impairment of the tastebuds is a common sensation experienced by COVID-19 patients, which, at times can take upto weeks to fully get back to normal.
According to case studies, COVID-19 may not just impact the way you smell stuff, but suffering from dysgeusia can also be possible. Patients experience a fuzzy, metallic taste in their mouth, which may make it difficult to digest foods and eat on a routine basis.
In certain cases, dysgeusia and hypogeusia (decreased taste sensitivity) can also preceed other classic signs of the viral infection. Therefore, get tested if you detect something unusual with your tastebuds.
(Times of India)