A 16-year-old male asked:
can an infected tooth cause a lump in the tongue. its inside the tongue.i also have a sore throat. im 16 no risk factors. can it be oral cancer?scared
2 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Probably not cancer: Yes, an infection in the mouth can spread to other areas, and may be causing your other symptoms. While i obviously can't definitively answer your question via email, at your age, cancer is unlikely to crop up quickly. I recommend you call your dentist, pediatrician or family physician immediately.
If you don't have one, go to an urgent care center or emergency department and get checked.
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Psychiatry 25 years experience
Please let your: Parents know about the lump in your tongue. At you age, wouldn't jump to the conclusion that this is oral cancer. If a sore throat is your primary symptom- would encourage you to have your parents bring you for medical evaluation. If there are symptoms suggestive of an infected tooth - then the dentist may be the best place to start. In the mean time use warm salt water gargles. Take care.
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Last updated Sep 15, 2013
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