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What causes tongue ulcers?

What causes tongue ulcers?

Tongue ulcers: Some are the result of a viral infection from the herpes simplex virus. Some are mouth ulcers (aphthous ulcers), which are of unknown origin, but are thought to occur from stress, injury (biting the tongue), acidic foods, hormonal changes, allergies, or certain systemic diseases. ...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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How can you cure tongue ulcers?

How can you cure tongue ulcers?

Tongue ulcers: In general, most ulcers on the tongue, commonly known as aphthous ulcers or canker sores, will heal spontaneously in several days. If they persist beyond a week, are chronic, or are very painful, you should have them treated by your dentist.
If they are causing problems eating you can get orabase ointment and apply to the ulcer before meals. ...Read more

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What is tongue ulcer and its symptoms?

What is tongue ulcer and its symptoms?

Can you tell me more: A tongue ulcer could be caused from an irritation, such as from rubbing a sharp piece of a worn or broken tooth. It is usually very sore, and irritated more by hot or spicy foods.
A sore tongue can also be associated with a condition called 'burning mouth syndrome.'
it is a good idea to try to find out the cause of the problem. A mild medicine painted right on the area may help the discomfort. ...Read more

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What could be the cause of a recurrent tongue ulcer in the same area?

What could be the cause of a recurrent tongue ulcer in the same area?

Should be evaluated: While it could be getting irritated from a chipped, pointy or rough adjacent tooth, any lesion that lasts for more than two weeks (or recurs in this case) should be seen by your general dentist or an oral surgeon to rule out other possibly more serious causes. ...Read more

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I've had tongue ulcers for a yr. With cut marks on the sides. What could cause this?

I've had tongue ulcers for a yr. With cut marks on the sides. What could cause this?

HSV-1: The HSV-1 Virus is known to cause ulcerations and sores in the mouth. It is possible you have this, ...The same virus causes "cold sores" on the lips, etc. Some people have higher HSV-1 concentrations than others and are prone to these type of things. Get an eval to be properly diagnosed and treated. Good luck ...Read more

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My 6 year old son has what looks like tongue ulcers. There 2 on the tip of his tongue. What should I do?

My 6 year old son has what looks like tongue ulcers. There 2 on the tip of his tongue. What should I do?

Ask aobut it first: First talk to him and ask him if he can remember doing anything that may have caused the ulcers. Did he bite his tongue, eat/drink something too hot, or injure it any other way. Trauma of any sort will heal on its own. If the answer is no then have it looked at by his pediatrician or dentist to get a diagnosis and proper treatment. ...Read more

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Hi I am 19 year old. I have tongue ulcer from last night. How can I finish it and why it happen I am too much in tension please help me.?

Hi I am 19 year old. I have tongue ulcer from last night. How can I finish it and why it happen I am too much in tension please help me.?

Need more info: To better discuss why you got the ulcer, we need to know more about you, your activities and your general health. To help the ulcer you can use salt water (swish around in your mouth for a bit, several times per day). It should generally heal in a few days. You come across as very anxious about this ulcer - why is that? Your best answers will come from a face to face conversation with your doctor. ...Read more

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45 years old. Have migrane problem... But the main problem is tongue ulcers present all the tym?

45 years old. Have migrane problem... But the main problem is tongue ulcers present all the tym?

Stomatitis: Migraine and stomatitis are not related comorbidites. Stomatitis is inflamed and sore mouth, can disrupt a person's ability to eat, talk, and sleep. Lack of sleep might trigger more migraine episodes.
Most common stomatitis is a canker sore which is a single pale or yellow ulcer with a red outer ring or a cluster of such ulcers in the mouth, usually on the cheeks, tongue. Avoid spycy food. ...Read more

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Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Can a tongue ulcer cause tongue cancer?

Not really: Tongue ulcers do not turn into cancers but they may be cancers to begin with. ...Read more

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What can you use for canker sores/tongue ulcers?

Laser treatment: There are many ointment sold to alleviate the symptoms of these types of ulcers. May combine steroids with a numbing agent and are available with prescription. I have found that I can obtain instantaneous relief using my laser. It also hastens healing. ...Read more

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I get frequent tongue ulcers and swollen tongue?

I get frequent tongue ulcers and swollen tongue?

See a doctor?: Have you seen a doctor about this? If not, it would seem like a wise thing to do to help determine what is the cause, and of course how to minimize or eliminate this problem. ...Read more

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What can you use to treat canker sores/tongue ulcers?

What can you use to treat canker sores/tongue ulcers?

Canker sore: Canker sores will heal in about 10 days. Avoid hot and spicy foods. OTC products can make the area feel less painful for a short time. It is a good idea to get this checked by a dentist to find out exactly what is causing your ulcerations and ulcerations. ...Read more

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Doctor can listerine is good for reducing tongue ulcer?

Doctor can listerine is good for reducing tongue ulcer?

Alcohol free...: Any tongue ulcer needs to be checked immediately by a dentist, oral surgeon or ENT. Avoid mouth rinses that contain alcohol and use the other with caution and/or dilute then in half to reduce the tendency for chemical irritation while the area heals. ...Read more

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I have a tongue ulcer that is white around the edges asnd there is a depression in the mmiddle. I do not smoke or drink. Should I worry?

I have a tongue ulcer that is white around the edges asnd there is a depression in the mmiddle. I do not smoke or drink. Should I worry?

It depends: It depends on how long you have had this ulceration. Most tongue ulcers are nothing to worry about and heal within 2 weeks.
If you have had it longer that this see a dentist, oral surgeon or oral medicine specialist for an examination. ...Read more

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I had a tongue ulcer and I got a small pain of my teeth close to the ulcer tongue. Am im having a toothache? What kinda med should I get? Thank you

I had a tongue ulcer and I got a small pain of my teeth close to the ulcer tongue. Am im having a toothache? What kinda med should I get? Thank you

Ulcers: Ulcers can be very painful and can cause a ring of inflammation around them much larger than the ulcer itself and as such can make a nearby tooth feel as if it is having a toothache. Treatment should be with basically pain management and anti-inflammatories, orabse, kenalog in orabse, advil, tylenol (acetaminophen) etc. ...Read more

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Tongue ulcers should I see a regular doctor or my dentist?

Tongue ulcers should I see a regular doctor or my dentist?

Tongue Ulcers: Agree with dr. Press. Also, keep in mind that a persistant ulceration on the tongue, particularly in the presence of risk factors such as tobacco and alcohol use, may need a more extensive exam and potentially a biopsy to rule out a more concerning underlying process (ie cancer). Don't delay too long in getting an evaluation. All the best to you! Dr. P. ...Read more

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What can you use for a canker sore/tongue ulcer besides orbase?

What can you use for a canker sore/tongue ulcer besides orbase?

Tongue ulcer: Orabase will not heal an ulcer. It is an oral bandage that can be applied to the ulcer before meals to keep it from being irritated.
The ulcer will heal spontaneously in 7-10 days. Try to stay on a bland diet. There is some research that suggests that applying honey to the ulcer will help it heal faster. ...Read more

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Which else besides orbase can you use for a canker sore/tongue ulcer?

Which else besides orbase can you use for a canker sore/tongue ulcer?

Canker sore Tx: The pharmacies are filled with medications to treat canker sores. It varies from pharmacy to pharmacy. Ask your pharmacist (or dentist) which ones he\she feels is most helpful. Your dentist can prescribe orabase with kenalog (triamcinolone). ...Read more

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I have tongue ulcer on the right side near the back of the tongue and my right ear experience pain. What causes my ear pain and is there any solution?

Pl see your md and o: I would see my oral surgeon first. Attend large ulcer first and hopefully your ear pain will go away. Good luck. ...Read more

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My tongue ulcer is getting larger, but my ENT says I'm at a low risk of cancer (no smoking or drinking), and that it doesn't need to be biopsied. I worry anyway when it grows. Should i?

My tongue ulcer is getting larger, but my ENT says I'm at a low risk of cancer (no smoking or drinking), and that it doesn't need to be biopsied. I worry anyway when it grows. Should i?

Well....: It's hard for me to argue without seeing the lesion and knowing how long it's been there (especially if already seen by an ent). My PC answer is: even non-smokers/drinkers can develop head and neck cancer and any non healing ulcer should be evaluated properly. Hopefully it's nothing and your ENT is right but it is not a sin to look for second opinion if in doubt. No disrespect intended. ...Read more

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Last 3 days I had tongue ulcer, it's disappearing, no fever no sore throat, body-joint aches, warm attacks, feel weak, dry lips, mouth, tip tongue sensitiv?

Last 3 days I had tongue ulcer, it's disappearing, no fever no sore throat, body-joint aches, warm attacks, feel weak, dry lips, mouth, tip tongue sensitiv?

Lots of symptoms: I am not sure of your question. It sounds like you want a diagnosis and recommendation over the internet? These situations have to be seen by a physician and\or dentist in person for a proper diagnosis and appropriate treatment recommendations. Sorry, feel better. ...Read more

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3 kids have red sore tongue and ulcers inside there mouth. Used pyralvex and dactarin but didn't work. What can I use best?

3 kids have red sore tongue and ulcers inside there mouth. Used pyralvex and dactarin but didn't work. What can I use best?

See doctor: Your kids may have a virus. It is best to have. The doctor examine them and then you will know the best way to treat them. ...Read more

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Ent dr said the small irritated area on tongue not ulcer or cancer. Dentist fixed sharp molar 5 days ago and still tongue pain. What if itdon't goaway?

Ent dr said the small irritated area on tongue not ulcer or cancer. Dentist fixed sharp molar 5 days ago and still tongue pain. What if itdon't goaway?

Tongue sore: It often takes more than 5 days for these types of sores to go away. Rinse with warm salt water and try to to "play" with the area as much as possible. If it continues go back to the dentist for another look. ...Read more

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Mouth burning, under tonguebumps, tip of tongue has ulcer, scalloped tongue, been to dentist, ent, have a torus, still burning. Plastitic separating?

Mouth burning, under tonguebumps, tip of tongue has ulcer, scalloped tongue, been to dentist, ent, have a torus, still burning. Plastitic separating?

Internet Diagnosis: Can't help you unfortunately. Even the best internet doctors and dentists can't replace one on one doctor\patient exams and evaluations. I have no idea what your? Is nor what the doctors who already saw you found or said. Do you have a specific question? ...Read more

Ulceration (Definition)

Exact synonym so far as this pathologist is concerned. An ulcer is a lesion on a body surface (outer or inner) in which the epithelium and at least some of the underlying connective tissue has been lost specifically to necrosis (cell death) rather than just mechanical or chemical injury. All ulcer craters ...Read more


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Ulcer (Definition)

An ulcer is a discontinuity or a break in a body membrane that impedes the normal functioning of the organ of which that membrane is a part. Ulcers are further classified by their location. Ulcers are usually caused by infections, excessive acid production, stress, ...Read more