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A 18-year-old female asked:

it's been a month since i have an ulceration on my tongue, that was diagnosed with glossitis.the treatment for glossitis never worked.i posted some photos of the ulceration. please tell me what it is.

3 doctor answers11 doctors weighed in
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Need more info: Difficult to diagnose from picture. If the medicine prescribed did not work then you need to get second opinion from your physician /dentist or an oral surgeon.
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Provided original answer
I agree totally. There is nothing like seeing the problem first hand and doing a complete exam of the head and neck for other problems.
Apr 14, 2015
Dr. Robert Arm
Pathology 49 years experience
Glossitis or ulcer: Sorry could not see photo's. Impossible to diagnosis without complete exam and history. An ulcer can be like a canker sore(aphthous ulcer);glossititis can be a geographic tongue(migatory glossitis).All need different treatments; a biopsy may be needed. You should see some one trained in lesions like oral medicine/oral pathology/oral surgeon.
Dr. John Scuba
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 25 years experience
Glossitis: Glossitis is a wastebasket term in that any tissue may have an "itis" (or inflammation as this ending implies) associated with it. In this case, it can be infectious, traumatic, chemical, immune system, or neoplastic. You need a skilled examination by a provider who sees tongue abnormalities on a daily basis--an oral surgeon--to plan a course of action. Despite any photos, biopsy may be indicated.
Dr. Warren Wolfe
Family Medicine 58 years experience
Very well answered.
Apr 14, 2015
Dr. James Manning
Dentistry 43 years experience
Excellent reply!
Apr 14, 2015
Dr. John Thaler
Dr. John Thaler commented
Prosthodontics 41 years experience
Great response .
Apr 14, 2015

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