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What causes swelling under the tongue?

What causes swelling under the tongue?

Salivary Gland: One possible cause is salivary gland blockage. Other causes are infections, cysts, and possible cancers. Have evaluated by health care provider. ...Read more

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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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Swelling under the tongue its hardish when I push on it. Sometimes it seems to get a burn/tingle feeling. Anything I could do?

Swelling under the tongue its hardish when I push on it. Sometimes it seems to get a burn/tingle feeling. Anything I could do?

Many conditions: Cause swelling under the tongue. It could be related to obstruction of the salivary glands, a tumor, a dental infection. Infections tend to have pain. If you are having trouble swallowing see a physician or oral surgeon right away. If not, still a good idea to be examined by the doctor. ...Read more

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I am experiencing discomfort in my inner cheeks and under the tongue, especially when eating. I have bumps and swelling in these regions.?

I am experiencing discomfort in my inner cheeks and under the tongue, especially when eating. I have bumps and swelling in these regions.?

Salivary gland issue: Your symptoms and their timing with eating seem to indicate a salivary gland problem. The locations you describe are where they are located, they function more when you are eating and if not allowed to secrete they would swell and be sore. The bumps could be the duct openings which could be irritated. See an Oral Surgeon. ...Read more

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I have swelling on the one side under my tongue?

I have swelling on the one side under my tongue?

A few thoughts...: A swelling under the tongue could be dangerous... if it rapidly expands, it can block your airway and cause asphyxiation. How long have you had it? How old are you? Do you have any teeth? Do you smoke? Answers to these questions could give some insight to an answer... lacking any information whatsoever, best bet is for you to see a local oral surgeon. ...Read more

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There'sa soft swelling under my tongue. What should I do?

There'sa soft swelling under my tongue. What should I do?

See a dentist: See a dentist to examine you and determine what you see and feel and whether it's normal or not. ...Read more

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Under my tongue feels like its swelling up but when I look at it, its just a bit red. This has been happening a few times a day for the past 2 weeks?

Under my tongue feels like its swelling up but when I look at it, its just a bit red. This has been happening a few times a day for the past 2 weeks?

Wild card.: This could be a plugged salivary gland. These swell when salivary flow increases (often before and at mealtime) and shrink up when is decreases; this cycles through a typical day. It could also be something either more or less serious. See your dentist or oral surgeon and get a first-hand evaluation with a plan of action; put it behind you & worry no more ;-). ...Read more

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Everytime I eat my salivary gland under my tongue swells and after a few minutes the swelling goes down. Is something wrong?

Everytime I eat my salivary gland under my tongue swells and after a few minutes the swelling goes down. Is something wrong?

Blockage, see DDS: Blockage makes saliva back up inside the duct, causing the salivary gland to swell. The treatment varies with the cause. See your dentist today. ...Read more

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I got a tooth (19) extracted wednesday, today thursday 1 day since. I noticed some blown veins under my tongue, and some swelling. Anything to worry?

I got a tooth (19) extracted wednesday, today thursday 1 day since. I noticed some blown veins under my tongue, and some swelling. Anything to worry?

Probably not: Look at both sides under your tongue, if it looks the same then most likely your natural anatomy. If one side is reder, it is possible that the suction got on the tissue and just caused a little localized bleeding. Check with your dentist at the post op visit. ...Read more

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Swollen and painful to touch lymph nodes under jaw on both sides + swelling at the base of the "thing" under my tongue. Swelling causing tight neck?

Swollen and painful to touch lymph nodes under jaw on both sides + swelling at the base of the "thing" under my tongue. Swelling causing tight neck?

See doctor/dentist.: You likely have an infection in the mouth (dental caries, gingivitis etc). The tongue swelling does not cause stiff neck which may possibly be a sign of meningitis. You need to check with your doctor if the stiff neck worsens in the absence of other explanation. ...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 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 could cause swelling on right side of tongue and right side of jawline? No pain.

What could cause swelling on right side of tongue and right side of jawline? No pain.

Few things: A few things. Some of which are not good. See oral surgeon for evaluation/diagnosis/treatment recommendations. ...Read more

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Can antidepresants namely sertraline cause a swelling og the tongue?

Can antidepresants namely sertraline cause a swelling og the tongue?

Unlikely: So far in ten years of practice not seen it, it does have dopaminergis properties and theoretically eps sx including a feeling of swollen tongue like feeling can happen. Are you taking any other medications, over the counter meds. Do you react or other meds sensitively too. ...Read more

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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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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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The back of my tongue turned brown and looks kind of hairy. Also, one area of my gum feels itchy and a bit swelling. Are they related? Wt r the causes?

The back of my tongue turned brown and looks kind of hairy. Also, one area of my gum feels itchy and a bit swelling. Are they related? Wt r the causes?

Hairy tongue: Hairy tongue results when projections on the tongue called papillae grow longer and don't shed like normal. This makes the tongue appear hairy. Debris, bacteria or other organisms can collect on these papillae and result in brown or black appearance. Use a tongue scraper daily. Itchy gum can be from any number of sources and would need to be looked at by your dentist if persists for more than two weeks. ...Read more

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Could sleep deprivation cause stuttering, slurring, tongue tiedness and facial swelling?

Could sleep deprivation cause stuttering, slurring, tongue tiedness and facial swelling?

Not quite: But could have long term effect on blood pressure, weight and stress. It will cause poor focus and decreased attention span and irritability with poor job performance. The above described seem more to stroke ...Read more

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Cause of swelling below ear along right side jawline almost to chin? Feels full of fluid. Could this cause pinched feeling under same side of tongue?

Cause of swelling below ear along right side jawline almost to chin? Feels full of fluid. Could this cause pinched feeling under same side of tongue?

Go to a doctor: The swelling could be secondary to an infection like an abscess or effusion. Pus can extend to potential fascial spaces in the head and neck. Can develop into life threatening situation. ...Read more

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What can cause finger, lips and tongue swelling?

Angioedema: Sounds like angioedema, a deeper dermal inflammation of mucosal membranes such as the locations described. Initial therapy consists of oral antihistamine therapy but you should absolutely get in to see an allergist for for evaluation since angioedema can come in different flavors and require different therapies. ...Read more

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If I scratch shingles and then touch my mouth, could it cause severe tongue swelling?

If I scratch shingles and then touch my mouth, could it cause severe tongue swelling?

Not likely: Shingles is zoster from having had the chicken pox. It is not transferred like that. If you put some kind of topical medicine on the sores you may have transferred the medicine and have had a reaction to that med. ...Read more

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Can TMJ cause swelling under right side of tongue or is it a salivary gland infection?

Can TMJ cause swelling under right side of tongue or is it a salivary gland infection?

No.: Tmj problems will not cause a swelling under the tongue. A swelling under the tongue could be several things, from an infected sublingual salivary gland to a salivary gland stone or even a ranula. A ranula is a mucous cyst under the tongue connected with the sublingual salivary gland. Your dentist or physician should be able to help you figure it out. If it persists, you should seek treatment. ...Read more

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Can a salivary stone in the tongue cause swelling in neck? My doc said I have a stone. And my neck feels wierd.

Salivary stones: When the duct is blocked under the tongue, the submandibular gland under the jaw will swell into the neck. This is quite a normal thing to occur. The stones can be easily taken out of the duct. Go see an ear nose and throat doctor. The stones near the center of the gland (hilum) are a little tougher to get. Sometimes I just have to take the gland out to solve that problem. Good luck. ...Read more

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The back right side of my tongue hurt randomly when I swallow. I can't see any swelling or anything. What could cause this. Should I see a doctor?

The back right side of my tongue hurt randomly when I swallow. I can't see any swelling or anything. What could cause this. Should I see a doctor?

Visit a doctor: You must visit either your dentist or ENT. I recommend to start with the dentist as he can complete a oral cancer screening in the office and generally dentist are able to identify many illness. If you do not have a dentist picked out, don't wait please go to an ENT specialist ...Read more

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Can allergic reaction to fruit cause a pea-size lump inside my tongue? It's tender but not painful, slight swelling. What can I do?

Can allergic reaction to fruit cause a pea-size lump inside my tongue? It's tender but not painful, slight swelling. What can I do?

See your doctor: This is one of those problems where a visit to your doctor is necessary to figure out what's going on. Only after a thorough evaluation, including examination and possibly labs and other tests, can your doctor correctly diagnose you and treat you effectively. ...Read more

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In morning wen I 1st wake up & get out of bed, my face is quite swollen! Mainly my nose, tongue & under eyes. No pain, just swelling. Wat causes this?

In morning wen I 1st wake up & get out of bed, my face is quite swollen! Mainly my nose, tongue & under eyes. No pain, just swelling. Wat causes this?

See your physician: Swelling such as this should be evaluated.
You have some fluid retention and a physician needs to determine the cause.
Does this occur consistently around the time of your period?

If it were a one time event, then various problems could cause this (in warmer weather, sunburn), other times, windburn. But if this is a continuing problem, possibly allergy or a medical condition. ...Read more

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Cause and cure for gross tongue swelling? What are allergies cause it. I heard from a doctor that farmers used to get it?

Cause and cure for gross tongue swelling? What are allergies cause it. I heard from a doctor that farmers used to get it?

Stop the cause: There are several causes but narrowing it down depends on whether it is acute and then goes away or whether it persists for days, weeks, or months. Acute: food allergy, ace-inhibitor medication, other medication reactions. Persistent: amyloidosis, cancer, acromegaly, nutritional problems. Usually, you would know if a food caused it because it would swell as soon as it touched the tongue. ...Read more

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Swelling (Definition)

Swelling is the enlargement of organs, skin, or other body parts. It is caused by a buildup of fluid in the tissues. The extra fluid can lead to a rapid increase in weight over a short period of time (days to weeks). Swelling can occur all over the body (generalized) or only in one part ...Read more