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Doctor insights on: Unilateral Tongue Swelling

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What causes tongue swelling?

What causes tongue swelling?

Many things: Dr. Kwok's answer is thorough. Keep in mind tongue swelling *can* be a life threatening problem if severe. If you have severe swelling, feel like you are having trouble breathing, call 911 or head to the er. If you take an ace-inhibitor (lisinopril or other -pril medicine) make sure you get this checked out asap as those medicines can cause a very rare but serious allergic reaction. Read more

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What is causing my tongue swelling?

Many possibilities: I would recommend seeing your doctor so that you can be tested for possible causes of angioedema. Read more

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Just how long can tongue swelling last?

A long time: Tongue swelling can continue for hours or days if the cause of the swelling is not removed or avoided. For example, if penicillin allergy is causing the swelling and the patient continues taking penicillin then the swelling will continue and possibly get worse. Tongue swelling may not go away by itself. Proper treatment like antihistamines and steroids may be needed. It is an emergency. Read more

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What can I do to reduce tongue swelling?

What can I do to reduce tongue swelling?

Nothing: Nothing works for tongue swelling - not epinephrine, antihistamines, steroids, etc. - all you can do is wait for the swelling to go down, and see an allergist to try to figure out why your tongue is swelling in the first place. Read more

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How to make tongue swelling go away fast?

How to make tongue swelling go away fast?

See your doctor: First, you need to be evaluated for the cause of angioedema before treatments can be suggested. Read more

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What will help my tongue swelling go down?

Diagnosis: The first step is to have someone evaluate your tongue and to provide a diagnosis so that the proper treatment can be initiated. Read more

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What are some ways to reduce tongue swelling?

What are some ways to reduce tongue swelling?

Tongue swelling: You need to try to identify the diagnosis and if appropriate the cause. Start with your primary care physician. Read more

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How can I make my tongue swelling go down quick?

Swollen tongue: Need more information here. What is your tongue swollen from? Allergic reaction? Benadryl (diphenhydramine). A bite? Anti-inflammatories and analgesics for pain. Have it looked at asap, especially if from an unknown origin. Read more

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What is the best way to make tongue swelling go away?

What is the best way to make tongue swelling go away?

See MD!: Tongue swelling can be caused by multiple causes including, allergy; some rare diseases; trauma (such as inadvertently biting the tongue); dental problems. In short, treatment depends on the cause of the swelling. See a physician. Read more

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How do I get my tongue swelling to go down so I can eat?

See your doctor: First, you need to be evaluated for the cause of angioedema before treatments can be suggested. Read more

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How do I reduce the tongue swelling from foods im sensitive to?

Avoid certain foods: Most importantly you should avoid those foods that you are sensitive to. An antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) can be helpful for minor swelling once the swelling has occurred. Be aware that swelling of the tongue due to an allergic reaction can be very serious and a visit to the emergency room may be needed. Read more

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Sir my name umair razzaq and my problem tongue swelling I am very upset so please recommend some medical tests?

Sir my name umair razzaq and my problem tongue swelling I am very upset so please recommend some medical tests?

Need diagnosis: Many causes. You have to see a doctor to do an examination. Then he will know the right tests to perform. Read more

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What causes tongue swelling a year after it was pierced?

What causes tongue swelling a year after it was pierced?

It depends: But the most likely problems are infection or a contact allergy to the stud. Read more

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Average time for tongue swelling to go down after partial glossectomy?

Average time for tongue swelling to go down after partial glossectomy?

Months: Three to six weeks for 50 - 75 % reduction. 6 - 12 months for almost all residual soft tissue swelling to resolve Read more

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I have severe tongue swelling both at home and when I'm away. No med changes in years. No food-related patterns. Always feel numbness 1st. Causes??

I have severe tongue swelling both at home and when I'm away. No med changes in years. No food-related patterns. Always feel numbness 1st. Causes??

Angioedema: This can be critical. Some antihypertensive medications can be associated it and some NSAIDs cause it too, I suggest you see an allergist for some blood work and if currently swollen, seek medical attention immediately. You need to have some test to check your type of angioedema, it is likely to be idiopathic. if the attacks are frequent, a daily antihistamine such as Zyrtec or Allegra (fexofenadine) help Read more

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Throat and tongue swelling after eating?

Throat and tongue swelling after eating?

Allergic Reaction: Sounds like it's probably an allergic reaction to something you ate. An antihistamine like Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would be helpful if it is mild. If more severe you must call an ambulance and get to an emergency room asap. Please make note of all the things you ate and along with your doctor figure out what may have caused it. The next time it could be much worse. Read more

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Is it worth a trip to the doctor for tongue swelling?

Is it worth a trip to the doctor for tongue swelling?

Yes, right away: Tongue swelling can be a serious symptom and is often the result of an adverse reaction to a medicine. It can interfere with breathing or swallowing. If it's a new problem, you should regard it as an emergency and see a doctor immediately. Read more

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Will tongue swelling kill me if I don't get treatment?

Will tongue swelling kill me if I don't get treatment?

It can: When tongue swelling is severe, it can block the airway and make it very difficult to breath. There are many causes of swelling and I would recommend discussion and evaluation by your doctor. Read more

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