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What's the outcome of mouth swelling?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
5 doctors agree

In brief: Suffocation

Dr. Mutnick is right: tongue swelling may compromise breathing.
When the tongue swells the whole shebang goes - not just the front. The posterior tongue extends into the throat. Tongue swelling can prevent air from entering and leaving the windpipe. Lip & cheek swelling is unsightly but typically resolves in a few hours. Tongue swelling is a medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention.

In brief: Suffocation

Dr. Mutnick is right: tongue swelling may compromise breathing.
When the tongue swells the whole shebang goes - not just the front. The posterior tongue extends into the throat. Tongue swelling can prevent air from entering and leaving the windpipe. Lip & cheek swelling is unsightly but typically resolves in a few hours. Tongue swelling is a medical emergency requiring immediate medical attention.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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Dr. Louis Gallia
Surgery - Oral & Maxillofacial
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Find cause

Mouth cases of swelling of the mouth resolve with elimination of the cause.
Dental infection, trauma to mouth, etc. If you have persistent mouth swelling, see an oral surgeon for diagnosis and treatment.

In brief: Find cause

Mouth cases of swelling of the mouth resolve with elimination of the cause.
Dental infection, trauma to mouth, etc. If you have persistent mouth swelling, see an oral surgeon for diagnosis and treatment.
Dr. Louis Gallia
Dr. Louis Gallia
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Dr. Jack Mutnick
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Swelling

Your tongue or throat could swell shut and you are unable to breathe or swallow.
This is serious, do not take it lightly. If this is happening you need to have it checked out immediately.

In brief: Swelling

Your tongue or throat could swell shut and you are unable to breathe or swallow.
This is serious, do not take it lightly. If this is happening you need to have it checked out immediately.
Dr. Jack Mutnick
Dr. Jack Mutnick
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