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Dr. Charles Breaux
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Burn (Heat Or Fire) (Definition)

A burn is an injury to the skin caused by heat, flames, or chemicals. Burns are more or less severe depending on which layers of the skin are affected. A first-degree burn is in the epidermis, or the top layer of the skin. A second-degree burn affects the dermis, or second layer of the skin. A third-degree burn goes all the way through the skin. A fourth-degree burn extends to deeper structures such as muscle and bone. ...Read more


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After eating a few spoons of ice cream, my tongue burns to the point of pain. What is this?:

After eating a few spoons of ice cream, my tongue burns to the point of pain. What is this?:

Mixed signals?: Perhaps the taste buds on the tongue are sending mixed signals to the brain, so that the cold, creamy, and sweet sensations of ice cream are being interpreted as a burning sensation. A primary care doctor or an ENT doctor can examine the tongue to see if there is a problem such as ulcers on the tongue, loss of taste buds, tongue inflammation, tongue cancer, etc... ...Read more

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When I eat pineapple my tongue burns for 2 days n sometimes I get sores in my mouth could I be allergic or is this normal?

When I eat pineapple my tongue burns for 2 days n sometimes I get sores in my mouth could I be allergic or is this normal?

Acidic foods: Pineapple is a very acidic and rough food to eat. It is very common for this to bother your tongue after eating it. It happens to me. I doubt your response is an allergy. Lay off citrus for a few days and things should improve. Also avoid extremely hot, spicy or acidic foods while this is healing. ...Read more

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My tongue burns, I have sores on the back of my mouth and I have a sore throat.

My tongue burns, I have sores on the back of my mouth and I have a sore throat.

Sore throat: What you describe is rather common and can be due to many different conditions. One is herpangina caused by a coxsackie virus, but without being able to see the back of your tongue and throat would only be guessing. Why don't you see your family doctor and make sure this is not strep throat, or other illnesses for which would need more history to diagnose. ...Read more

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I've had my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer and lately my tongue burns and my muscles feel very fatigued and burn slightly all the time.Related?

I've had my thyroid removed due to thyroid cancer and lately my tongue burns and my muscles feel very fatigued and burn slightly all the time.Related?

Thyroid: Was it removed surgically or ablated with radioactive iodine? When was TSH last checked? Med dose may be low, but should also follow-up with oncologist to make sure cancer did not spread. Parathyroid function should also be checked (regulates calcium levels, which can affect muscles). ...Read more

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I have 2 very small red ulcer like sores on the whartons duct area of my tongue. it burns and hurts., also looks inflamed on left what could this be ?

I have 2 very small red ulcer like sores on the whartons duct area of my tongue. it burns and hurts., also looks inflamed on left what could this be ?

Canker sore: If new, likely canker sore, treat with OTC meds, saline rinse, OTC analgesic solution. If present more than a week, may be something that needs attention. If so, see oral surgeon or ENT doc. ...Read more

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I woke up yesterday morning with a white looking canker sore on the tip of my tongue. It burns and looks like its going down the center of my tongue. Help?

I woke up yesterday morning with a white looking canker sore on the tip of my tongue. It burns and looks like its going down the center of my tongue. Help?

Tongue canker sore?: Check with your dentist to make sure exactly what the lesion really is. Canker sores do not normally occur on the tongue. Canker sores (aphthous ulcers) heal spontaneously in 7-10 days. Avoid hot, spicy and acidic foods. You can get orabase ointment to place on the sore before eating to mitigate the pain. ...Read more

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My tongue itches and burns but there are no bumps present what could it be?

My tongue itches and burns but there are no bumps present what could it be?

Glossitis: an inflammation of the tongue common with vitamin deficiencies and/ or infection of the tongue. You should be examined and treated. ...Read more

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My tongue tingles and burns, then my thoat tingles and gets sore followed by my ears hurting?

My tongue tingles and burns, then my thoat tingles and gets sore followed by my ears hurting?

Tingle: assuming that you dont have a cold at the same time and have had a recent check up looking at thyroid and things like B12, it could be a trigeminal neurlagia (dental nerve) if its one sided. If not you should see an ent to check it out ...Read more