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Dr. Lawrence Kessler
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Tongue Inflammation (Overview)

Good day; Glossitis is a synonym for inflammation of the tongue. Most frequently in my practice patients bite their tongues which result in pain and swelling. I've biopsied tongues in diagnosing Lipomas; referring these patients to oral surgeons. Other causes of swollen tongue include genetic disorders, malignancy, metabolic diseases.


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What causes tongue inflammation on the sides?

What causes tongue inflammation on the sides?

Tongue chewing: You may be chewing on your tongue. Thus can happen during sleep. ...Read more

Dr. Lawrence Kessler
34 doctors shared insights

Tongue Inflammation (Overview)

Good day; Glossitis is a synonym for inflammation of the tongue. Most frequently in my practice patients bite their tongues which result in pain and swelling. I've biopsied tongues in diagnosing Lipomas; referring these patients to oral surgeons. Other causes of swollen tongue include genetic disorders, malignancy, metabolic diseases.


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What causes tongue inflammation on the sides?

Tongue chewing: You may be chewing on your tongue. Thus can happen during sleep. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Tongue inflammation?

What is the definition or description of: Tongue inflammation?

Swollen Tongue: Good day;
Glossitis is a synonym for inflammation of the tongue. Most frequently in my practice patients bite their tongues which result in pain and swelling. I've biopsied tongues in diagnosing Lipomas; referring these patients to oral surgeons. Other causes of swollen tongue include genetic disorders, malignancy, metabolic diseases. ...Read more

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Is there anything i can do myself to treat this? In brief: Glossitis This is what is called inflammation of the tongue.

Glossitis: The best way to treat inflammation of the tongue is to try to identify cause, for example: allergy, infection, trauma, autoimmune, diet/medication related, tumor etc.
It is important to try an identify cause/effect. First see if there is diet or medication associations and make appropriate modifications. If this becomes a chronic condition then having a doctor evaluate would be recommended. ...Read more

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What is geographic tongue or benign migratory glossitis?

What is geographic tongue or benign migratory glossitis?

Migratory glossitis: also called Geographic tongue. The exact cause of geographic tongue is unknown. It is a permanent benign condition. If you have geographical tongue do not rush to see a dentist, just switch to a toothpaste that does not contain Sodium Monolauryl Sulfate. Good luck. ...Read more

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My tongue is disgusting and bad smell it has inflammation and white patches why when I use medicine klacid my tongue will be normally 90% and no smell?

My tongue is disgusting and bad smell it has inflammation and white patches why when I use medicine klacid my tongue will be normally 90% and no smell?

Infection: Klacid is an antibiotic so it's use may well be affecting bacteria in your mouth that could be causing an infection. In addition, it has as a side effect nausea and stomach issues so it could be contributing to gastric reflux that could add to your issues. See your doctor and get evaluated for proper dosage and alternative medication possibilities. If your underlying infection is oral, dentist. ...Read more

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What causes inflammation of the tongue papilae and how can it be prevented/cured?

Glossitis: Inflammation of the tongue may be caused by iron deficiency or vitamin B12 deficiency. Sometimes it can be an intolerance of certain toothpastes. Try maalox mouth washes and taking a multivitamin with iron. If symptoms persist see an oral surgeon or otolaryngologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Got plica fimbriata on one side of tongue. Used salt water and inflammation/pain decreased, but the pointy part of flap now blackish. Is that bad?

Got plica fimbriata on one side of tongue. Used salt water and inflammation/pain decreased, but the pointy part of flap now blackish. Is that bad?

Plica fimbriata: I'm familiar with plica fimbriata Christopher but it is usually painless. On the occasions that it is painful it is treated conservatively with tylenol, (acetaminophen) motrin or just what you did with the salt water. If it does become chronically painful or bothersome then it can be treated surgically. I don't know what yours looks like exactly but it sounds like something your doctor should see. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is median rhomboid glossitis a sign of candida or is it similar to geographic tongue ?

They are different: Rhomboid tongue can be treated with antifungal medications. It is often symptomatic and is believed to represent a chronic candidiasis infection in the tongue. Geographic tounge is normally not symptomatic. It is a benign condition that does not respond to antifungal medication. ...Read more

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Will cleaning extra well (flossing, brushing, tongue scrape, antiseptic mouthrinse) help the inflammation heal faster at all?

Yes: I am assuming you referring to gum inflammation. If that's th e case, then yes.
Good home care will cure early inflammation. If the condition persists, see your dentist or periodontist. ...Read more

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Wondering if this red spot no my tongue is just a sore or glossitis?

See your doctor: Please see your doctor for an examination. Good luck. ...Read more

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It's been a month since I have an ulceration on my tongue, that was diagnosed with glossitis.The treatment for glossitis never worked.I posted some photos of the ulceration. Please tell me what it is.

Glossitis: Glossitis is a wastebasket term in that any tissue may have an "itis" (or inflammation as this ending implies) associated with it. In this case, it can be infectious, traumatic, chemical, immune system, or neoplastic. You need a skilled examination by a provider who sees tongue abnormalities on a daily basis--an oral surgeon--to plan a course of action. Despite any photos, biopsy may be indicated. ...Read more

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I've got pharyngitis but my symptoms are not bad my throat is okay but i can see and feel the inflammation on back of my tongue what is it?

I've got pharyngitis but my symptoms are not bad my throat is okay but i can see and feel the inflammation on back of my tongue what is it?

Need to see this: Cannot possibly diagnose without seeing and getting history and exam and possibly tests if needed. If this is strep throat it should definitely be treated. See your doctor. ...Read more

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In Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome (cheilitis granulomatosa) can every kind of fragrance (smell) cause serious tongue and lip swelling, and glossitis?

In Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome (cheilitis granulomatosa) can every kind of fragrance (smell) cause serious tongue and lip swelling,  and glossitis?

Some do not all : this is a rare disorder, and he can occur in people with food or conteck allergies. It does not necessary care with all food or allergies. Is associated with oral facial swelling relapsing facial paralysis and fix your tongue. There are not completely clear criteria. There are resources to help United StatesInternational Institute of neurological disorders and stroke is doing research to increaseknowledge ...Read more

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Numerous doctors had said I do not have oral thrush,they had diagnosed me with glossitis and my dentist said it's normal,tongue goes numb/bleeds/sore?

Numerous doctors had said I do not have oral thrush,they had diagnosed me with glossitis and my dentist said it's normal,tongue goes numb/bleeds/sore?

Specialist: You can't prove thrush or not without a culture or trial of antifungal agents. See an oral medicine specialist or oral surgeon. Not a general dentist. ...Read more

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Have small intestine inflammation one issue is white tongue - geographic tongue, is there medicine to rid it? Pale, fuzzy, red bumps back of tongue...

Have small intestine inflammation one issue is white tongue - geographic tongue, is there medicine to rid it? Pale, fuzzy, red bumps back of tongue...

Tongue issues: There is no treatment for geographic or white tongue. The appearance of the tongue changes a lot and sometimes may reflect what's going on anywhere else in the body. If your inflammation is active, this may be reflective of your tongue, so treating your problem may help the appearance of your time, but that's not guarantee. The red bumps in the back are most likely taste buds. If in doubt, see doc. ...Read more

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Sore throat for 10 days and yesterday i got inflammation in the middle of the tongue. Also, the middle of my tongue is yellow.

Sore throat for 10 days and yesterday i got inflammation in the middle of the tongue. Also, the middle of my tongue is yellow.

Yellow tongue: Yellow tongue may be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria on the injured papillae of your tongue. Avoid coffee or alcohol and brush your tongue frequently. ...Read more

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Skin around mouth is dark following inflammation what is the best lightening cream ?

Skin around mouth is dark following inflammation what is the best lightening cream ?

See your doctor: Your doctor can write a prescription for this or have it compounded. If you still have an underlying inflammation your doctor needs to treat the cause and help you prevent this. Your skin may hyperpigment from any inflammation or injury and you may want to discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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What can I do if my daughter gets reddish inflammation around her mouth when exposed to sun for a long time?

Signal: Perhaps it's your daughter's body telling her to stop damaging her skin from too much exposure to the sun. Ask your daughter to see a dermatologist and discuss dangers of overexposure to the sun. We all need some sun for vitamin d creation, but overexposure can be harmful. ...Read more

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Waking up with inflammation in mouth/lip, 3-4 days/week. Not like sores, but more like when you bite inside your mouth. Painful in morning, subsides. ?

Waking up with inflammation in mouth/lip, 3-4 days/week. Not like sores, but more like when you bite inside your mouth. Painful in morning, subsides. ?

Mouth discomfort: Canker sores may be present and would be noted on careful inspection of your mouth and inner surface of your lips. You may be experiencing some sensitivity to your toothpaste or a mouth wash. Occasionally deficiencies of vitamin b12 or iron is the culprit. See your MD or an oral pathologist(at a dental school) for examination and testing if symptoms persist. ...Read more

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My wife develops infection(inflammation) in mouth whenever we have oral sex. Kindly suggest effective medicine.

My wife develops infection(inflammation) in mouth whenever we have oral sex. Kindly suggest effective medicine.

Oral sex: I would suggest oral sex may not be the method for you I would try something else She may be just sensitive to your sperm ...Read more

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Is it common or possible for fish oil to cause inflammation of the gums and/or mouth?

Is it common or possible for fish oil to cause inflammation of the gums and/or mouth?

Not likely: Common side effects of fish oils are gastrointestinal like nausea. They also frequently cause a fishy taste. More significantly the can lead to excessive lowering of blood sugar in diabetics and bleeding problems in patients on anticoagulants, like coumadin, (warfarin) Aspirin or plavix. No oral/dental inflammation has been reported. ...Read more

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Is it possible the canola oil can cause inflammation of the gums and or allergic reaction in the mouth?

Is it possible the canola oil can cause inflammation of the gums and or allergic reaction in the mouth?

Unlikely: In theory anything we eat or drink could cause gum inflammation due to an allergic response, but not likely. I have not heard anything specific about canola oil and would bet that your gum inflammation has more to do with your daily oral hygiene and how long it's been since you had a professional cleaning. ...Read more

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I have inflammation with blisters around my mouth that wont go away on their own what is the treatment ?

I have inflammation with blisters around my mouth that wont go away on their own what is the treatment ?

Herpes: Based on your other question you have posted, it appears that you are aware that the blisters are Herpes eruptions. In that case, you need to be on antiviral meds such as Acyclovir • Famciclovir • Valacyclovir. ...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


Inflammation (Definition)

Inflammation is the body's attempt at self-protection; the aim being to remove harmful stimuli, including damaged cells, irritants, or pathogens - and begin the healing process. Inflammation is part of the complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful stimuli, such as pathogens, ...Read more