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Can You Get Tongue Cancer Because Of A Tongue Piercing
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Tongue cancer or: Other oral/ ENT cancers could be associated with smoking. The piercing won't cause cancer but it can lead to many other problems. According to the British Dental Association the potential for infection is higher for the tongue than any other location on the body. Swelling of the tongue can compromise the airway. Ludwig's Syndrome (Ludwig's Angina) can cause swelling & sepsis both of which can ...Read more
Does tongue piercing create a risk for multiplication of oral hpv, if a person already has the virus? If so, does that create more risk for cancer?
Tongue ring data: Not likely widely available but it should not be a harbinger of hpv. Not all oral cancer is related to hpv, to my knowledge. Repeated trauma and repair may be linked, chewing the tongue, etc, but the leap from tongue ring to more hpv from that ring to increased cancer risk is probably a broad leap. Let's see if someone gives better answer, a dentist, oral surgeon, ent, cancer doc may not agree. ...Read more
YES..: This is likely due to tobacco use (including smokeless), and alcohol use. If use is great, cancer can come early, or present by about 50 years of age. There are all kinds of mutations that occur in cells due to this and these cause cancer cells to develop. Oral cancers like this can present as non-healing, painful ulcers. Whatever you do, don't use tobacco or smoke if you don't want this. ...Read more
Not Known, so Stop!: Tobacco causes cancer. How much and when we don't know. Not only do different people have different body types and differing resistance, but other factors also are important. For example, alcohol consumption also adds to the risk of oral cancer. Don't take a chance, don't use tobacco! ...Read more
Yes, however...: It is possible to get tongue cancer even if you have never smoked (though smoking does increase the risk) so having smoked only a month does not mean this is impossible. However, a white spot on your tongue is not necessarily cancer- it may turn out to be nothing serious at all. But because tongue cancer is serious & best treated as soon as possible I advise you see a doctor soon to evaluate it. ...Read more
Yes: Tongue piercing comes w continued pain as well as swelling, tenderness, bleeding & bruising for around 5 days. If the swelling makes it difficult to breath then you need emergent medical evaluation to ensure that your airway does not become compromised. If the tongue is seeping drainage that is other then white-colored or that is malodorous – then please seek medical care for a possible infection. ...Read more
Two ways: One: if the needle used to pierce your tongue is not properly sterilized you can get it that way. Two: the opening in the flesh of your tongue is like a cut that never heals and serves as an entry way for infectious agents to get into your body. ...Read more
It might.: Tongue piercing is irritating. Irritation causes excess salivation. This may resolve with time or it may continue until you have the jewelry removed, no way to tell. Also be very careful about making sure you do not bite down on your new ornament. Many people have fractured teeth accidently. Both of these possibilities could change your speech patterns. ...Read more
Of course: If she is contagious, a fresh wound in the tongue is the perfect portal for admittance of an infectious agent--but then again, so is the gingiva. Of course, if she is infected (with what?) and you are not, why are you performing oral without a dam? If the piercing is reasonably well established, normal, healthy vaginal and anal bacteria will likely not infect the pierced canal. ...Read more
If I get a rip in my tongue piercing will not talking and eating soft foods such as ice cream and soup and slushed help the rip go away?
Why?: Any individual getting foreign bodies injected, attached, implanted, etc. Is at risk for getting infections, abscesses, etc. Someone who is taking immunosuppressive drugs to prevent organ transplant rejection is at even greater risk. So why do it? ...Read more
I have to get my impacted wisdom teeth removed and I was wondering if it is absolutely necessary to remove my horizontal tongue piercing for surgery?
Depends on surgeon:
Some surgeons use electrosurgery and it would be unwise to have a metal piercing.
It probably would not be in the way of the surgical procedure, though. ...Read more
I am going to get my wisdom teeth pulled and I have a very new tongue piercing, therefore I cannot take it out. Will my dentist make me?
Tobacco, alcohol: The majority of people who get tongue cancer have a strong history of tobacco use (either smoking or chewing) and/or alcohol use. The combination of the two increases the risk even more. The best thing you can do to reduce your risk is to eliminate tobacco use and moderate your alcohol consumption. ...Read more
Ulcer: Unfortunately there aren't gray early signs. We look for white patches on the tongue, but there are many white areas, so this isn't helpful for the layperson. Ulcers, pain and/or bleeding may be signs. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
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