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Why does the left side of my tongue hurts?

Why does the left side of my tongue hurts?

Tongue hurts: Usually the side of the tongue hurts when it has been bitten or there is an irritation, such as hot foods or liquids or reflux of stomach acid into the mouth. If you see a thick coating on your tongue, gargle with warm salt water frequently. If the irritation persists, go see your primary healthcare provider -- you may have a fungal infection. ...Read more

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Why does the left side of my tongue hurt whenever I get a cold/sore throat? Also my uvula is hanging down and laying on my tongue. Why?

Why does the left side of my tongue hurt whenever I get a cold/sore throat? Also my uvula is hanging down and laying on my tongue. Why?

Cold: Mucous causes the swollen throat and uvula. Tongue irritation can be due to a sore or due to teeth/chewing. This can happen when you are ill. Please get checked of worsens. ...Read more

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I have bladders in the left side of my tongue, it does not hurt and i discovered about a week, ago is this normal?

I have bladders in the left side of my tongue, it does not hurt and i discovered about a week, ago is this normal?

Tongues: I recommend that you see your dentist or an oral surgeon to diagnose you immediately. I am not sure that i understand what "bladders" are, but the lateral borders of the tongue are where lots of different oral lesions (sores, etc.) form. Most are harmless, but some are not. To be safe (and not sorry), go get an exam pronto! ...Read more

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The back left side of my tongue really hurts, it has 5 small bumps on it and is EXTREMELY painful, should be concerned about this ?

The back left side of my tongue really hurts, it has 5 small bumps on it and is EXTREMELY painful, should be concerned about this ?

See MD: If you have extremely painful lesions on your tongue it would be wise to have them checked. May be viral or even canker sores but have them checked. ...Read more

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Could this be leukoplakia? I've noticed a small white patch on the left side of my tongue. It doesn't hurt at all, but it kind of has me worried. .

By : By definition, what you describe is leukoplakia. This is a generic term meaning "white patch". There are many causes of intraoral white patches: trauma, infections, immunologic conditions, benign tumors, and yes, malignant tumors. The only way to diagnose the reason for the white patch is to obtain a sample for histologic analysis. Occasionally, a sort period of observation may be warranted. Procedures that use swabbing techniques are inadequate to diagnose the nature of the lesion. This is usually done by board certified oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Have your general dentist recommend one in your area. ...Read more

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Just go a small spot on the left side of my tongue. It looks like a black mole. It doesn't hurt, but feels uncomfortable. How much should I be concern?

Just go a small spot on the left side of my tongue. It looks like a black mole. It doesn't hurt, but feels uncomfortable. How much should I be concern?

Needs to be checked: Although likely traumatic or inflammatory, you need to have it checked and possibly biopsied. More aggressive diseases like mucosal based melanomas occur in area that you wouldn't expect. It should be checked by your primary doctor without delay. ...Read more

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I have bumps on the left side of my tongue and have been their for months now. They don't hurt nor do they prevent me from drinking, eating, talking.

I have bumps on the left side of my tongue and have been their for months now. They don't hurt nor do they prevent me from drinking, eating, talking.

Usually taste buds: Malignancies of the tongue are seen mostly in drinkers and smokers. When they appear they start as a leukoplakia or white patch or more commonly as a superficial ulcerating lesion on lateral side of tongue. These lesions progress in size. They do not appear as "bumps". Have H&N exam and possible bx is suspicious. ...Read more

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I have a cold sore on the left side of my tongue for a week. It hurts at night and it affects how i eat and swallow. How can I get rid of it it?

I have a cold sore on the left side of my tongue for a week. It hurts at night and it affects how i eat and swallow.  How can I get rid of it it?

Not cold sore: Usually the side of the tongue has inflamed foliate papilla( taste buds) traumati ulcers, or apthous ulcers. Also, cancerous lesions occur here, especially with alcohol and tobacco use. There are also other lesions, less common. Try otc kanka on the area to lessen pain. If it persists, see your dentist! ...Read more

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Why is the left side of my tongue sore? When i swallow my throat and left ear hurts.

It depends: If you hvae an ulcer on the tongue, it could be a cancur sore which usually heal within 7-10 days. Take some tylenol for pain relief. If the pain persists and if you see an ulcer which is not healed in 2-3 weeks, you need to get an examination by your doctor. ...Read more

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