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My tongue feels bigger today. What might cause that?

My tongue feels bigger today. What might cause that?

Inflammation: If you have normal blood pressure at age 34, then your tongue may be swollen from inflammatory causes such as temperature or chemical triggers in hot spices. You may have a food allergy causing the tongue to swell. Some people take blood pressure medications in the class called ace inhibitors like lisinopril. There is a condition called angioneurotic edema of the tongue due to an enzyme deficiency. ...Read more

Mouth (Definition)

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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What could cause the very back of my daughters tongue to have big bumps on it?

Taste Buds: These are taste buds and they are supposed to look big and ugly and irregular. This is normal. ...Read more

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The back of my tongue is shedding skin and there are a few big bumps on it what has caused this to happen?

The back of my tongue is shedding skin and there are a few big bumps on it what has caused this to happen?

Normal: Dead taste buds will shed. Bumps are specific type of taste bud. Scrape clean your tongue while brushing.....it will be ok. If oral sex is an issue.......it is a different ball game. ...Read more

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What caused these big red bumps on the back of my tongue?

What caused these big red bumps on the back of my tongue?

Big red bumps: Those big red bumps are known as circumvallate papilla--completely normal. But net time you are at the dentist ask him/or her to show them to you. ...Read more

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What causes geographic tongue? My dentist told me I have geographic tongue, but said it was not a big deal. Is this caused by me not taking care of my oral health? Should i be brushing my tongue? .

What causes geographic tongue? My dentist told me I have geographic tongue, but said it was not a big deal. Is this caused by me not taking care of my oral health? Should i be brushing my tongue?


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It's harmless: Geographic tongue affects about 2% of the us population. It is a harmless alteration of the cells on the surface of the tongue. It's cause is unknown, but it can run in families so it probably has a genetic component. Geographic tongue is not a result of poor oral hygiene. Brushing the tongue is an important part of oral hygiene especially to prevent halitosis. ...Read more

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What causes big red sores on back of tongue and down throat? Very painful

What causes big red sores on back of tongue and down throat? Very painful

Possible herpes: A herpes viral infection can cause these lesions. I recommend that you consult an otolaryngologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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My right side of my throat hurts So I looked at it and I have big bumps on the back of my tongue that hurt really bad, It scares me cause it hurts really bad to swallow and I don't it to be anything serious I've been super tired lately and my ear hurts an

My right side of my throat hurts So I looked at it and I have big bumps on the back of my tongue that hurt really bad, It scares me cause it hurts really bad to swallow and I don't it to be anything serious I've been super tired lately and my ear hurts an

See your doctor: You should see a doctor right away. There are many causes for sore throat and some require treatment with antibiotics. This includes strep throat and more rare conditions such as an abscess beside a tonsil. Other causes of sore throat are viruses including mononucleosis. A doctor can determine what kind of treatment is needed. You could also get dehydrated if you aren't able to swallow. ...Read more

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I have a small mouth and big teeth, will this cause problems when I have to get braces?

I have a small mouth and big teeth, will this cause problems when I have to get braces?

Not necessarily: Braces come in various sizes and shapes. The fact that you have large teeth and a small mouth may influence the treatment plan but should not cause problems for you other than opening wide enough for the orthodontist to work on you. The larger teeth allow a longer distance between the braces which will make the movements more efficient and allow for better cleaning ability. ...Read more

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I had surgery years ago in my mouth for a big Mucocele I had, and now my scar causes me a mild pain. Why would that be?

Pain: When the surgery was done tissue had to be cut in order to remove the mucocele. Some small nerves inevitably are cut resulting is irreversible damage to the small nerves. Unfortunately what you are experiencing is a normal sequelae to surgery. ...Read more

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Can a bad bad tooth cause, trouble urinating.. Weight loss and a lot of back pain. Been in mouth for three yrs its black one side, big lump high gum?

Can a bad bad tooth cause,  trouble urinating.. Weight loss and a lot of back pain. Been in mouth for three yrs its black one side, big lump high gum?

Have it checked.: It will be worth your trouble to see your doctor and have it checked out. It has been there long enough and with the wt loss and back pain and trouble urinating you want to make certain you are OK ...Read more

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Why does my tongue hurt today? Can some foods from dinner cause it?

Why does my tongue hurt today? Can some foods from dinner cause it?

Not sure: I am not aware of anything that causes pain in the tongue. Can you be more specific about what kind of pain, and what you ate?
You could have a small taste bud which is degenerating and causing a little pain, or you could also have a canker sore. ...Read more

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My frenulum hurts like crazy. Whenever I move my tongue it hurts, this started happening today. What caused this and what should I do?

My frenulum hurts like crazy. Whenever I move my tongue it hurts, this started happening today. What caused this and what should I do?

Salivary duct stone?: Could be a stone blocking the salivary duct. Best to have it examined. Ok to start with primary care. Ask if a referral to an ENT specialist is appropriate. Hope his helps! ...Read more

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What can cause the veins under the tongue to swell? My dentist noticed this today and was concerned, but did rule out cancer.

What can cause the veins under the tongue to swell? My dentist noticed this today and was concerned, but did rule out cancer.

Veins: It's not uncommon to see your veins underneath the tongue, especially because they are commonly close to the surface. The same thing that can cause varicose veins in other parts of your body can appear in the veins underneath your tongue. ...Read more

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What can cause a man's tongue to feel thick?

What can cause a man's tongue to feel thick?

See: Your dentist or ENT to have your tongue examined and evaluated to determine first if it is truly large or thick and if so, why? A complete medical and dental history and personal clinical examination is needed in order to correctly answer your question. ...Read more

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I feel like my tongue is thickening. What causes this?

I feel like my tongue is thickening. What causes this?

Thickening tongue: Is it sudden? Are you drooling ,having difficulty speaking or swallowing? Could be allergic reaction to food or other material, take a benedryl ( if not allergic to it) and seek medical attention immediately in ER.

Long term thickening can be due to acromegaly, thyroid disease, amylodosis. See a doctor ...Read more

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My tongue feels like its been stuck by a burr. What could cause this?

My tongue feels like its been stuck by a burr. What could cause this?

Tongue Pain: Tongue pain can be caused by trauma (sharp food - like a chip or fishbone), ulcer from infection or tumor, burn, etc... Examination of the tongue should give you a good idea of the cause. Is there a cut, ulcer, or object seen? Feeling the tongue can give you an idea of a mass that is under the surface. Persistant symptoms or a mass/ulcer warrant an eval with your doctor. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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What might cause weird spots to appear on my tongue?

Geographic tongue: You are probably referring to a condition called "geographic tongue" or migratory glossitis. It is a benign condition, due to personal variation. It leaves splotchy areas that look like a map, and actually move around over time. No treatment is needed, nor is there anything that can be done. You tongue will just have extra character! ...Read more

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The tip of my tongue feels tingly or like it was burnt, when it wasn't. What is the cause? No other symptoms.

The tip of my tongue feels tingly or like it was burnt, when it wasn't. What is the cause? No other symptoms.

Tongue: Irritability or low grade inflammation of the tongue or superficial nerves of the tongue could be due to vitamin deficiency or intolerance to toothpaste,mouth wash, or may be of unknown cause. If this persists or worsens you could consult the oral pathology department at a dental school for full evaluation. ...Read more

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The tip of my tongue feels like there's a small cut there, it's not visible though. Slight discomfort when i move it. Causes? Help.

The tip of my tongue feels like there's a small cut there, it's not visible though. Slight discomfort when i move it. Causes? Help.

Cut/burn: You probably cut or burned your tongue. Should heal spontaneously. Salt water rinses may help. If not getting better in 2-3 days call your dentist. ...Read more

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My tongue feels like it's been scalded on the right middle side. But i haven't burned it. What would cause it. Us been like this a week now.

Check for VOCs: While potentially any toxin, pathogen or allergen could cause such sensations, the first thing I would check for when there is a burning symptom is the presence of VOCs, VOCs are remedied by Systemic Formula's Chem Detox homeopathic remedy. ...Read more

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What else besides ALS and fasciculations can cause my tongue to feel twitchy?

What else besides ALS and fasciculations can cause my tongue to feel twitchy?

Tongue: great question. Stress, dryness, acid reflux or some of the other causes. I would check it out with an ENT ...Read more

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What causes a black tongue?

Black tongue: Black tongue has been linked to poor oral hygiene, smoking or chewing tobacco , alcohol, cocaine, beverages like coffee, dry mouth, radiation and medications like penicillin, erythromycin , doxycycline etc,
http://www.dermnetnz.org/topics/hairy-tongue/ ...Read more

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What can cause pain under tongue?

Many possibilities: Including trauma and infection. If it has persisted more than a few days get it looked at by a dentist. If it is brand new, see if it settles down fairly soon but if it lasts for 2 weeks, you really need to get it evaluated professionally. ...Read more