Common "Glossitis" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Glossitis means inflammation of the tongue. It causes the tongue to increase in size or changes in color. There are various causes for glossitis, such as allergic reactions, low iron levels, and trauma. The symptoms of glossitis are a pain in the tongue, swelling, and a change in the tongue's color.

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How to treat a painful tongue with bumps and patches?

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 31-year-old. A few months ago, I seemed to catch a virus where I had to force myself to eat for weeks because I had no appetite. After my appetite came back, I had a patchy tongue (geographic tongue). It hurt on the right side randomly and still does to this day, unfortunately. I...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Abdul Nasir

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It would be really helpful if you send the picture of your tongue along with picture of the teeth. Kindly send the picture of the tongue (few months back when it started if you have) because you said it has changed a little. I will try my best to help you out.  Read Full »

What is the cure for sore throat and swallowing problem?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore throat and trouble swallowing. I had Candida albicans in the throat and saw an ENT two days ago. He said it was almost gone but I have an inflamed papilla. Could that be the reason? I have trouble eating and drinking now.  Read Full »

Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to An enlarged papilla can be due to infection and inflammation. Apply Candid Mouth Paint (Clotrimazole Topical) to the tongue and oral cavity four to five times a day for a week. I suggest you take an oral antifungal also. Consult your specialist doctor, discuss with him...  Read Full »

I am a 33-year-old, and my tongue is mildly itchy with a light white coating. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I am 33 years old, and not sure if my symptoms are that of a sexually transmitted disease or sexually transmitted infection. My tongue is mildly itchy with a light white coating on it. Two days ago, there was some pain, but the swelling has gone down. Also, my period came a week early, an...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have reviewed your reports (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). The tongue looks fine, except it is eroded or devoid of papillae on the sides. It does not look like any sexually transmitted disease or anything serious. ...  Read Full »

What medication other than Pregabalin is used to treat glossitis?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife is suffering from glossitis for more than a year. She has obtained partial relief with Lyrica 75 mg. She was then prescribed Pregeba NT that included another drug in combination with Pregabalin but, she could not bear the giddiness. So, she went back to Lyrica. Can you sugg...  Read Full »

Dr. Florilyn Joyce Chulsi Bentrez

Answer: Hello,Welcome to you for the query. Kindly tell me the source of your glossitis? What is the etiology? Is it infectious or nutritional?We might need to address the question before prescribing a medication. It will help if you take anti-inflammatory medicines such as Etorixocib with...  Read Full »

Can glossitis cause ear pain?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 38 years old. My pain started as ear pain around the 8th of last month, for which I started taking antibiotics by the 15th. On the 19th of the last month, I felt some burning sensation on the left side of my tongue and saw what I thought was an ulcer or small flesh, and it was whit...  Read Full »

Dr. Arvind Guru

Answer: Hi, Welcome to First of all, thank you for such sensible pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) and properly written history. It is such a rare thing to come by. From the pictures, I am assuming that you do not smoke or consume pan. Coming to your iss...  Read Full »

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