What is strawberry tongue?

Strawberry tongue is a sign of disease wherein the tongue looks enlarged and red, with a rough or bumpy surface. It is often a sign of scarlet fever, an infection of Group A streptococcal bacteria, but may also be a sign of Kawasaki disease, an inflammation of the walls of the blood vessels. Both of these tend to be diseases of childhood. Other possible causes are toxic shock syndrome or allergic reaction. A person with strawberry tongue should see a doctor.

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