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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 ;-).

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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?

Blocked Duct?: It is possible that you have a blocked salivary duct. See a local oral surgeon to have it examined and treated, if necessary.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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