I have a sore tongue with a burning sensation and numbness. What should I do?

Q. How can I manage a sore tongue with a burning sensation and numbness?

Answered by
Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Sep 17, 2022

Hello doctor,

I am a 30-year-old male, and recently I have been suffering on and off with a sore tongue. It sometimes feels like a burning sensation or a slight numbness, and it does not hurt during swallowing and has not affected my speech. Eating and drinking make it feel better, and sometimes it feels normal as well. I tried looking into the back of my mouth and noticed a small bump on the right side of my tongue, where the pain normally comes from. The pain is bearable, but it is a bit annoying. I do not drink alcohol or smoke and I am not using any medication. I will attach a photo of my tongue.

Kindly help.

Thank you.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

I can understand your concern.

I have gone through the image you have attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), and I identified it as an ulcer. I suggest you follow these measures.

(Consult a specialist doctor, talk with them and take medications with their consent.)

1. Start Vitamin B complex tablet twice daily after some food.

2. Apply Choline Salicylate and Lidocaine-containing gel before eating anything.

3. Drink plenty of fluids orally and keep yourself hydrated.

I hope I have solved your query.

Thank you.

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