Q. Why do I have small cut like lines on the top of my tongue?

Answered by
Dr. Sandeep Menon
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 06, 2016 and last reviewed on: Apr 06, 2020

Hi doctor,

My tongue feels numb and dry every morning. When I eat some food recently my mouth started to burn. Then, I noticed some small cut like lines on the top of my tongue. Then do not hurt unless the food is hot. They sting if I eat certain foods. I am extremely concerned.

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Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thank you for sending across the photographs (attachment removed to protect patient identity).

  • You are having a fissured tongue. It is quite harmless.
  • This is usually hereditary, but can occur in people as age progresses. This does not require any medication unless you have itching or burning sensations on the tongue.
  • Dry and numb tongue is definitely a cause of worry. This is strongly diet dependent.
  • You need to increase the intake of fruits and vegetables as they are the richest sources of vitamins like B complex and vitamin C.
  • For now, you can start off by having a course of multivitamin tablets, once daily for a month. But, medicines are never a substitute for a balanced diet.
  • Avoid hot spicy foods for a month. You will for sure start seeing the difference.

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