Q. Can tongue cleaner cause itchy tongue?

Answered by
Dr. Mehak Agarwal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on May 25, 2016 and last reviewed on: Mar 18, 2020

Hello doctor,

I have an itchy tongue. I can describe the itching like putting a needle on right and left corners of the tongue. I am using steel tongue cleaner for the last 15 years and I have stopped now. Please help.



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  • Are you a diabetic person?
  • Has the tongue problem reduced after you stopped using the tongue cleaner?

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Hi doctor,

I am 29 years old and not a diabetic. I still have the problem. My ENT specialist told me it could be because of excessive use of steel tongue cleaner before.



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  • Do you have any other complaints such as numbness of tongue or pain?
  • Just mere itching can be due to spicy food or using harsh tooth brush or tongue depressor or sometimes due to acidity.
  • If you do not have any other associated complaints or any other systemic disease like diabetes, thyroid, etc., then any pathology is unlikely.

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Hi doctor,

I have no other complaints. Due to foul smell in the morning I used tongue cleaner hardly for very long. I remember I noticed several times slight bleeding from my tongue while cleaning tongue.



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  • You should avoid doing it. May be you have injured your tongue.
  • Avoid intake of spicy foods as it will help in faster healing.

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