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Doctor insights on: Why Do I Have Canker Sores On My Tongue

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What can lead to multiple canker sores on my tongue?

What can lead to multiple canker sores on my tongue?

Tissue insult...: Tissue injuries of any kind can stimulate formation. Often, these are dietary; highly acidic foods or liquids for example. One case involved orange juice. Otherwise, biting with a chipped tooth or other accidental trauma does likewise. Watch your diet and avoid incidental trauma. ...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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Silly question, what can I do for canker sores on my tongue? It seems it dries at night, cuts on the sides, then I get sores. Any ideas, thanks :)

Silly question, what can I do for canker sores on my tongue? It seems it dries at night, cuts on the sides, then I get sores. Any ideas, thanks :)

Bitten tongue: You may be clenching and/or grinding your teeth during sleep, a condition called bruxism. The tongue can become caught between the upper and lower teeth, especially larger tongues which overlap the lower teeth. A mouth guard will help tremendously with this problem. ...Read more

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I had a few canker sores on my tongue, then as they were dissappearing, I got another two- one on the inside of my cheek, and one on my right tonsil?

I had a few canker sores on my tongue, then as they were dissappearing, I got another two- one on the inside of my cheek, and one on my right tonsil?

Cancer sores: Cancer sores can sometimes come in bunches. Biting your tongue or cheek can create an opportunity for them to form, but they also seem to pop up when your body is stressed. Extreme weather changes, colds or illnesses, and stress from work or daily life may make them more likely to appear. Try swishing with some warm salt water and make an appointment with your dentist to have them checked out. ...Read more

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I have herpes simplex 1 and instead I get canker sores on my tongue what can I do to get rid of them faster or prevent them?

Different Causes: Hsv & aphthous ulcers can both benefit from in-office laser therapy (takes less than 5 minutes and significantly reduces pain and length of the presence of the lesions. Hsv episodes can be reduced and on occasion "prevented" with a daily Valtrex (valacyclovir) regimen. Aphthous ulcers, unless you are lucky to have pinpointed what cause yours to surface more readily, there is not a medication that you can take. ...Read more

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Keep getting canker sores on my tongue and lips. My b12 is fine, im hiv neg, my wbc count is 3.8 a little low but since my other levels were good my dr said it was fine. What could this be? Why did it come so sudden? How can I permanently fix them?

Keep getting canker sores on my tongue and lips. My b12 is fine, im hiv neg, my wbc count is 3.8 a little low but since my other levels were good my dr said it was fine. What could this be? Why did it come so sudden? How can I permanently fix them?

No permanent fix.: Canker sores have many causes, if these are canker sores. There are other afflictions like lichen planis that can manifest as sores in these areas. That can occur with other illnesses or weakened immune condition. Stress or trama can bring these outbreaks. However, they can be triggered by exposure to an irritant. I have pt who break out when they have red wine or nuts. Look at your intake. ...Read more

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Why do I get canker sores on my tongue instead of a blister on my lip? I have herpes simplex 1

Why do I get canker sores on my tongue instead of a blister on my lip? I have herpes simplex 1

Different animals...: Canker sores aren't to be confused with cold sores (which result from herpes virus). Canker sores are not viral, and they are not infectious - they are similar to other immune type reactions, such as dermatitis, etc, and are frequently related to stress (local or systemic). The lesion on your lip would more likely be a cold sore, and your tongue is a more typical place to get a canker sore. ...Read more

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I have recurring red sores on my tongue I thought they were canker sores and use patches to cover them, but they keep recurring every couple of weeks.

I have recurring red sores on my tongue I thought they were canker sores and use patches to cover them, but they keep recurring every couple of weeks.

Could be...........: It could be something called geographic tongue, especially if they are not sore or uncomfortable in any way. If it is that, it is benign and nothing to worry about. However, without seeing you personally, there is no way to know and it could be many other conditions. Do not apply anything to your tongue without being advised by a dentist and regardless see your dentist for an accurate diagnosis. ...Read more

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I HAVE CANKER SORES IN MY MOUTH AN TONGUE THEY ARE REALLY PAINFUL. I STARTED WITH THEM LAST FRIDAY. IM IN STEROID AN A MOUTH WASH AN ANTIBIOTIS HOW LO?

I HAVE CANKER SORES IN MY MOUTH AN TONGUE THEY ARE REALLY PAINFUL. I STARTED WITH THEM LAST FRIDAY. IM IN STEROID AN A MOUTH WASH AN ANTIBIOTIS HOW LO?

Self healing: Small cupped-out painful ulcers. Cause may be viral, symptoms brought on by stress, trauma, acidic foods. Heal in 10-14 days. See your Dentist to discuss laser obliteration or Rx for Kenalog in Orabase. Antibiotics don't treat viruses. Most mouthwashes relatively ineffective. ...Read more

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I have canker sores and trauma area on my tongue from teeth or dentist caused white sore bumps, for a day or two. I have had two years of formication and weird bumps. Whatshould I do?

I have canker sores and trauma area on my tongue from teeth or dentist caused white sore bumps, for a day or two. I have had two years of formication and weird bumps. Whatshould I do?

It sounds like it's: Best to see a local dentist who can see exactly what you are describing and how best to resolve any concerns. We can't diagnose or suggest treatment without actually examining you at the very least. ...Read more

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Initially I was told I have canker sores ulcers now tongue lesions and doctor says cold sores hsv1 I'm not homosexual or perform oral sex on anyone?

Initially I was told I have canker sores ulcers now tongue lesions and doctor says cold sores hsv1 I'm not homosexual or perform oral sex on anyone?

Herpes simplex: Over 85% of the population has been infected with HSV and can reactivate at any time. Do not know if that is what you actually have, but if you have no risk factors (unprotected sex, sharing needles, etc.) HIV and other STDs should not be a concern. ...Read more

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What causes canker sores & sore throat? I have canker sores on my gums, under tongue & sore throat after eating spicy pork rinds, cherries, garlic nuts.

What causes canker sores & sore throat? I have canker sores on my gums, under tongue & sore throat after eating spicy pork rinds, cherries, garlic nuts.

Unknown: Canker sores or apthous ulcers are most often attributed to an autoimmune reaction of the mucosa. The causative agents can vary among persons and there is no known cure. The best thing you can do is take note of the foods/drinks that cause this for you and avoid them if you can. If you get them bad enough a topical steroid intra-oral med can be applied to them to minimize the outbreak. ...Read more

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Canker sores on tongue won't go away, help?

How long?: Your post did not say. If the canker sores are present for more than 14 days, you need to see your physician to determine what the lesions are... They may not be canker sores. ...Read more

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What causes canker sores on tongue and why do they hurt?

What causes canker sores on tongue and why do they hurt?

Canker sores: Are the most common oral lesions. A canker sores on tongue affects the ability to eat comfortably. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. Try to keep adequate oral hygiene as possible. If concerned see your dentist after 10 days or visit today for laser immediate amelioration. ...Read more

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Why is my tongue swollen with canker sores all over?

Why is my tongue swollen with canker sores all over?

Several Causes: Inflammation and swelling of the tongue combined with canker sores can be caused by many disorders. Major apthous stomatitis is the most common cause, but this can also be seen with other conditions like herpetic stomatitis, behcet's disease, pemphigus vulgaris, oral erosive lichen planus among others. I would see a dermatologist with experience treating oral diseases. They can help you. ...Read more

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Is it possible for you to use orajel on your tongue for canker sores?

Is it possible for you to use orajel on your tongue for canker sores?

Sore: Try this formula as it worked recently for my assistant. Rinse two to three times per day with a mixture of 50% water and 50% peroxide. Our local druggist suggested this as she had two on her tongue that arrived that morning. They were gone in two days. Let us know how it works for you. ...Read more

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What can be best for like those painful sores/canker sores that I get on my tongue sometimes?

What can be best for like those painful sores/canker sores that I get on my tongue sometimes?

Prevention: Canker sore or more specifically aphthous ulcer can be prevented by avoiding a common foam detergent found in most toothpastes called sodium laurel sulfate. Switching to biotene or other toothpaste not containing this ingredient can be the cure in preventing this painful condition. During an episode, 2000 mg of lysine in divided doses per day can decrease the symptoms and time involved to heal. ...Read more

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My tongue feels like it was burnt, but it wasn't. I keep getting Inflamed taste buds and canker sores that come and go. Is this serious?

My tongue feels like it was burnt, but it wasn't. I keep getting Inflamed taste buds and canker sores that come and go. Is this serious?

Virus: Most likely you have the HSV-1 virus that is causing your symptoms. This usually is a self limiting infection that can be treated supportively and will go away in time. If it persists, see the Dr. ...Read more

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Tongue care: tips on preventing canker sores / geographic tongue?

Tongue care: tips on preventing canker sores / geographic tongue?

2 different problems: Geographic tongue is a physical trait and there isn't anything you can do about it. Like having freckles or moles. Canker sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus from childhood chicken pox. Reducing trauma and stress are the only remedy. If you can figure out how to eliminate stress from your live tell all of the rest of us and become rich and famous. ...Read more

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Can you get canker sores on your tongue? And if so how do you get rid of them? And why do canker soars occur?

Can you get canker sores on your tongue? And if so how do you get rid of them? And why do canker soars occur?

Yes: Stress, excess acid, irritation from a rough tooth, food allergy-multiple reasons, sometimes you need antiviral treatment as a prophylaxis, sometimes reflux treated, often using sliver nitrate heals them faster. 2o% Benzocaine gel is great for the pain. ...Read more

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Chronic canker sores, tongue looks like world map. One spot clears then appears on other side. Excellent hygiene. What is causing this?

Chronic canker sores, tongue looks like world map. One spot clears then appears on other side. Excellent hygiene. What is causing this?

Are you sure?: Are your canker sores painful? Canker sores are very painful. If not, you may have a condition called geographic tongue. This is a benign and many people are unaware they have it. Google it for more information. ...Read more

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My 3 year old daughter bit the sides of her tongue and now has 2 large canker sores. Is there anything I can do to take the discomfort away?

My 3 year old daughter bit the sides of her tongue and now has 2 large canker sores. Is there anything I can do to take the discomfort away?

Canker Sore Relief: If nothing else is at hand, use warm salt water to rinse and spit. Avoid citrus, acidic, and spicy foods.

An md may prescribe diphenhydramine-antacid solution.

Otc, I like the 10% carbamide peroxide available at any pharmacy. I tried it once and it worked great. Safe down to 2 years of age. Just apply directly to sore and spit out after 2-3 minutes. ...Read more

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I get canker sores frequently. However I am now getting them on my gums and tongue and they are becoming more painful and more frequent. Any solutions?

I get canker sores frequently. However I am now getting them on my gums and tongue and they are becoming more painful and more frequent. Any solutions?

Canker sore: Canker sores are the most common oral lesions. Individual ulcers typically last 1-2 weeks. The condition is idiopathic (cause is not known) recurrent aphthous ulcers is usually self-limiting. If concerned see your dentist for laser treatment, immediate solution. ...Read more

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What are the causes of canker sores in your mouth on your cheeks and on the tip and sides of your tongue?

What are the causes of canker sores in your mouth on your cheeks and on the tip and sides of your tongue?

Canker sores: The cause of canker sores is not well understood. It often occurs during times of stress in areas that get irritated from toothbrush, food or sharp tooth. Make sure what you have are canker sores. See a dentist just to make sure if you get them often or they do not go away in 10-14 days. ...Read more

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What can you use for canker sores/tongue ulcers?

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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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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My tongue has a white film on it and has big fissures. It also has painful canker sores on it. This has been going on for over a month.

My tongue has a white film on it and has big fissures. It also has painful canker sores on it. This has been going on for over a month.

See your PCP or DDS: Most mouth ulcers, canker sores, will clear up by themselves within a week or two. You should see your GP or dentist if the ulcer gets worse or lasts for longer than 2 weeks. ...Read more

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Why do I keep getting reoccuring canker sores, some appear on the tip of my tongue and some appear on the inside of my upper cheek. What's wrong?

Canker sores: The exact cause of canker sores is unknown., but they are related to stress and sometimes vitamin deficiencies, hormonal related, or autoimmune problems. Some people are sensitive to SLS in many toothpastes. Try switching to an SLS free toothpaste. Read the labels. ...Read more

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I bit my tongue in my sleep. In the last few days, I developed canker sores across the bottom and it has swelled affecting my speech. What can I do?

I bit my tongue in my sleep. In the last few days, I developed canker sores across the bottom and it has swelled affecting my speech. What can I do?

Tongue Bite: Hello, this should be evaluated by your physician not only for the tongue sores and pain but also to look into the sleep history. Do you have a history of seizures? Any sleep problems? This could be more than just a sore tongue. Motrin, ice and saline irrigations too. Good luck. ...Read more

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Canker Sores (Definition)

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