Strawberry tongue describes a red tongue with small "seeds". The tiny thread-like projections (papillae) on the tongue shed or slough off and the mushroom-shaped projections remain, which form the seeds of the strawberry. Strawberry tongue can also occur with scarlet fever or toxic shock syndrome.
By permission of the publisher. From Burns J, Glodé M: Atlas of Infectious Diseases: Pediatric Infectious Diseases. Edited by CM Wilfert. Philadelphia, Current Medicine, 1998.