A member asked:

Can you get canker sores on your tongue? and if so how do you get rid of them? and why do canker soars occur?

4 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Joseph Eastern answered

Specializes in Dermatology

Yes.: Yes, you can get them on your tongue. No one knows exactly why they occur, but they are often secondary to an infection somewhere else in your body, or to stress, or to eating too much spicy or acidic food. I prescribe a liquid concoction that my pharmacist compounds for me; your dermatologist probably has something similar.

Answered 12/7/2012

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Dr. Nancy Appelblatt answered

Specializes in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery

Yes: Stress, excess acid, irritation from a rough tooth, food allergy-multiple reasons, sometimes you need antiviral treatment as a prophylaxis, sometimes reflux treated, often using sliver nitrate heals them faster. 2o% Benzocaine gel is great for the pain.

Answered 5/6/2016

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Dr. Andrew Vendelis answered

Specializes in Dentistry

Not usually: Canker sores most commonly occur on the mucous membranes inside your mouth. Ulcers can occur on the tongue, but they are usually cause by some sort of trauma. Canker sores are caused by a virus.

Answered 12/29/2012

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