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Sore Tongue

It represents the tongue having characteristics such as small bumps on the tongue, white or red coloured patches, or lifted regions, pain, swelling, and burning sensation. The causes include oral thrush, fungal infections such as syphilis, canker sores, food allergies, smoking tobacco, and acid reflux. It is treated by using antibiotics, antifungal drugs, maintaining oral hygiene, and vitamin supplements.

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I have had severe pain in the back of my tongue along with swelling on both sides of the tongue for two months. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,Two months ago, swellings started developing on both sides of my tongue. It was not hurting much but it used to burn sometimes and I could not eat spicy food. It is not my main issue. I do not know if there is any relevance between that and my major complaint now. So, my major complaint...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar Srivastava

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and understand your concern. As you are saying that you have swelling on both sides of your tongue with pain in the back of your tongue, it indicates you are having some pathology at the base of the tongue. This can be an ulcer or growth. I would sugg...  Read Full »

My granddaughter has a severe cut on her tongue. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, My granddaughter has a severe cut on her tongue. I am worried. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Beryl F

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. If the cut is small and the bleeding has already stopped, there is nothing to worry about. It should heal within the next week. I suggest applying a topical anesthetic gel like Orajel (benzocaine topical) for p...  Read Full »

I got bad indentation on my tongue from the wire connected to the molar bands. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I got a wire on the roof of my mouth that connected to molar bands, and I have a bad indentation on my tongue from it, and it looks like it is going to bleed soon. Thank you.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Sometimes during mastication, the wires around the molar band get extruded and flared. Usually, they are blunt, but sometimes they can cause trauma. I suggest you, please get it folded or cut so that it remains disconnected from the tongue. If not possible, please have ...  Read Full »

Why is the lacerated wound on the right side of my tongue still paining?

Query: Hello doctor,Sharp teeth lacerated the lateral border of my tongue. I let the injury heal naturally. However, the right part of the laceration still hurts. What should I do? Pain is from the end surface of the right part of the laceration. I am not taking any medicines for the same. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to When there is a laceration injury, the hurt will take several days to heal. Please follow the instructions given to you in the follow-up messages.  Read Full »

I feel something stuck on the right back of my tongue. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, The back of my tongue on the right side has been bothering me for the last few days. That side seems slightly red and irritated. I am 33 years old. I never smoke, rarely drink (maybe four times a year), and no HPV. I am currently taking Metoprolol.  Read Full »

Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The tongue look fine. What is bothering you? Is there pain or irritation? There seems to be no inflammation as such. Some spots seen on the side of the tongue are normal soft mucosa of the t...  Read Full »

What causes blisters and constant pain on specific areas of the tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing constant pain or burning sensation for the last two to three months in my tongue. There were a couple of very small blisters of 1 mm, but they vanished on their own. I am a teetotaler. In fact, I do not even have tea coffee. I went through a hernia surgery seven month...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Your reports are largely fine (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity) except low Vitamin D. So you should take supplements for it like Tablet Uprise D3 (Colecalciferol) 60,000 units or Calcirol sachet (Colecalciferol) once a week for 8 weeks with m...  Read Full »

Are white bumps under the tongue normal?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old female, and I have white bumps on the back of my tongue. I also have painful white sores on the sides of the tongue. I have been getting painful sores on the tip of my tongue quite frequently for the past two months. But this time, the pain was severe. I did get some re...  Read Full »

Dr. Chandwadkar Ashish

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your complaint and also the photos (attachment removed to protect patient identity) that you provided of the lesion. As far as your history of painful sores on tongue tip is concerned, there can be various reasons. Most common are vitamin B12 deficien...  Read Full »

I have a sore on the tongue after kissing a sex worker. Is it an STD?

Query: Hello doctor, I had kissed a sex worker accidentally in the lips/mouth area. No sexual contact or intercourse happened. I have been very worried for the last few days about catching an sexually transmitted disease (STD) from the saliva of the female. Now, after three weeks, I have developed a painle...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have noted your concern and I have viewed the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It is not STD (sexually transmitted disease). It is perhaps due to pressure from molars. I suggest you take a B Complex vitamin once a day. Regards.   Read Full »

I have tongue pain for long with IBS and anxiety. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 30-year-old man. I do not smoke, or drink, and I am not on any medications right now. I have had a painful tongue, primarily on the right side, for the past 12 months. The pain may subside for weeks before returning for a short while. I have no trouble swallowing, talking, or ea...  Read Full »

Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. Let me first assure you that it is not a serious issue. But it can cause some pain, burning sensation, etc. You did not mention your weight and height which is important to evaluate your nutritional status. I sugges...  Read Full »

I have IBS, vitamin B12 deficiency, and soreness of the tongue.

Query: Hi doctor, I have irritable bowel syndrome and suspected vitamin B12 deficiency and currently am not taking any medication. My right side of my tongue has become very sore and looks red and inflamed. On the same side, my wisdom tooth has grown in sideways but I can still talk and swallow without an...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for your query, I have gone through your query (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity).The gingival health, the papillary health of the tongue and even the floor of the mouth health is severely impacted. This happens commonly in people who suff...  Read Full »

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