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A 39-year-old female asked:

what causes tongue swelling?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
A few possibilities: Tongue swelling, either part or all of the tongue, can be due to many causes, such as: allergic reactions (may be a 911 emergency), irritants (chewing on leaves containing crystals), infections (from piercings), trauma (bit tongue), enlarged lingual tonsils (tongues have tonsil-type tissue in the back portion), diseases that deposit substances inside the tongue, tumors, burns, etc...
Dr. Mike Bowman
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
Many things: Dr. Kwok's answer is thorough. Keep in mind tongue swelling *can* be a life threatening problem if severe. If you have severe swelling, feel like you are having trouble breathing, call 911 or head to the er. If you take an ace-inhibitor (lisinopril or other -pril medicine) make sure you get this checked out asap as those medicines can cause a very rare but serious allergic reaction.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

Should I see a specialist for tongue swelling, or can my regular doctor take care of it?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
Primary care: I would start with your primary care. He/she can then determine who to send you to if needed after her examination and asking you questions.
Dr. Anna Meyer
Dr. Anna Meyer commented
Pediatric ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 19 years experience
If it is mild swelling that has been present for some time, you should see your doctor. If it has come on suddenly and is getting worse or you have any breathing troubles, you should go to your ER.
Feb 16, 2012
Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
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Feb 16, 2012
A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for tongue swelling?

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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Yes: Acute swelling of the tongue due to allergic reactions can be life threatening. Gradual enlargement of tongue may be an indication of thyroid or pituitary disorder; or amyloidosis.
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A 16-year-old member asked:

Will tongue swelling kill me if I don't get treatment?

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Dr. George Klauber
Specializes in Pediatric Urology
Severe + progressive: Can kill you if an allergic reaction causing severe tongue swelling. This can restrict ability to breathe and thus an emergency. Simple distal tongue swellings are not serious.
A 36-year-old member asked:

What is causing my tongue swelling?

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Dr. Lee Perry
Allergy and Immunology 17 years experience
Many possibilities: I would recommend seeing your doctor so that you can be tested for possible causes of angioedema.
A 44-year-old member asked:

What causes tongue swelling a year after it was pierced?

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Dr. Scott Harwood
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 45 years experience
Possible infection: It may or may not be related to the piercing since it is now one year down the line. If it is related then it could be an infection which you should have checked out.

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