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what can i do about a cracked tongue? my tongue is very badly cracked at the sides and middle. eating is becoming very painful. my tongue sometimes gets very swollen and hurts very badly. why can i do about this? is there medication or home remedies i can

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Dr. Richard Arden
36 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
This : This sounds like fissured tongue and can be a troubling problem. Unfortunately there is no cure and can represent a variant of normal. General recommendations is to avoid heavily seasoned, acidic, spicy, or salty foods that might get into the fissures (cracks) of your tongue and irritate the sensory nerve branches which are now closer to the surface than someone without fissuring. Some people get benefit with use of biotene products otc ( toothpaste, mouth rinse available). There are more aggressive treatments, but i would start with the simple things first.
Answered on Aug 12, 2017
Dr. Jonathan Engel
38 years experience Dentistry
See a dentist: Symptoms that do not heal withen 14 days should be checked out by your dentist and/or doctor.
Answered on Mar 31, 2013
Dr. Kenneth Grossman
43 years experience Endodontics
See dentist: A fissured tongue is congenital and a benign condition. But a tongue that is cracked, swollen and painful is abnormal. It could be something simple like a vitamin deficiency, or it could be an infection. Either way, you need to be examined.
Answered on Mar 31, 2013

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