I had an acid reflux problem and a burning sensation on my tongue for some time. Why?

Q. Are the burning sensation and bumps on my tongue due to acid reflux?

Answered by
Dr. Beryl F
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 20, 2022

Hello doctor,

I had an acid reflux problem and a burning sensationon my tongue for some time. Also, I notice some bumps on the side of the tongue. I am afraid that there might be some serious disease of the tongue. Kindly help.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern.

How long have you had this ulcer? Is this the first time, or have you got this before treating your GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease)? Or did the ulcers appear after you stopped taking your medicines?

I have reviewed your attachment (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity).

Firstly, before diagnosing it as an ulcer due to acid reflux, it could be a common mouth ulcer. There are various causative factors like vitamin deficiencies, hormonal changes, psychological stress, allergies, accidental trauma or trauma due to hot food intake, or bacterial infection.

I suggest applying a topical anesthetic gel like Orajel (Benzocaine) or Dologel (Choline Salicylate and Lidocaine) to see if it heals. Common mouth ulcers may take a couple of weeks to heal. If the ulcers appeared after you stopped taking your medicines, you should consider seeing your gastroenterologist and getting treated for acid reflux. But if the ulcers are unhealing even after taking acid reflux medicines, I suggest consulting your dentist and getting it biopsied to diagnose and treat them.

Meanwhile, I would suggest:

1. Avoid hot and spicy foods.

2. Do warm saline mouth rinses thrice daily.

3. Rinse your mouth after every meal.

4. Drink plenty of water and keep yourself hydrated.

Maintaining good oral hygiene and following the above instructions will prevent further infection and promote faster healing.

I hope this helps.

Thank you.

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