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How To Get Rid Of Sores On Your Tongue
Can you get canker sores on your tongue? And if so how do you get rid of them? And why do canker soars occur?
I have sores on the side of my tongue that really hurt. What can I do to get rid of them? Or prevent them from appearing
Decrease acid: Many of my patients with mouth sores drink or eat a lot of acidic foods or beverages. I have them stop drinking coffee, tea and sodas and stay away from oranges orange juice tomatoes or other acidic foods and drinks. I also have them rinse their mouths after each meal with maalox liquid. They also rinse their mouths before they go to bed. If this does not help see an ENT doctor for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Zilactin B: A good economical fix is to go to your local pharmacy an buy a product called zilactin. Dry the ulcer with cotton tip applicator the apply a small pea sized drop of the gel. Wait until the gel becomes opaque. Plain zilactin stings. Zilactin recognized this and added Benzocaine to their product. The mixture is called zilactin b. ...Read more
When I was younger I used to get canker sores all the time but I recently had my tongue pierced. Now I have one again. What do I do to get rid of it?
Be sure of diagnosis: Get examined please. Canker sores are common aphthous ulcers of mouth that occur situationally, often in response to stressors, are bacterial or viral, & can be treated topically with many otc products that reduce local discomfort & potentially speed healing. However, oral/dental problems & a number of systemic diseases cause canker sore-like lesions--crohn's, behcet's, std (sexually transmitted). ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I have herpes simplex 1 and instead i get canker sores on my tongue what can I do to get rid of them faster or prevent them?
Different Causes: Hsv & aphthous ulcers can both benefit from in-office laser therapy (takes less than 5 minutes and significantly reduces pain and length of the presence of the lesions. Hsv episodes can be reduced and on occasion "prevented" with a daily valtrex regimen. Aphthous ulcers, unless you are lucky to have pinpointed what cause yours to surface more readily, there is not a medication that you can take. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably normal: Having a white coating on the tongue surface is usually just debris caught in the papillae (bumps) of the surface. Scraping your tongue with a tongue scraper regularly can reduce this. Another possibility is that you have a fungal infection of your mouth and the white coating is fungal growth. In that case you need to be treated with an anti-fungal medication. See your dentist to find out. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Tongue discolored: Depends on what discoloration is from. If from food, beverage exposure, remember to brush you tongue gently but thoroughly at least twice per day (morning and evening). See your dentist for a thorough cleaning to get you started. ...Read more
Maybe okay, but...: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, & not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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