Tongue Numbness

Tongue numbness is defined as a loss of sensation in the tongue and the associated parts. It causes burning or tingling sensation, facial pain, itching, and swelling in the tongue. It occurs due to any underlying diseases, allergic reactions, cold sores, and bacterial infections.

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I have numbness at the base of my tongue and a globus sensation in the throat. Why?

Query: Hello doctor,I have the following symptoms, numbness at the right side of the base of the tongue at the back, and a globus sensation at the right side back of the throat. Sometimes I get a sharp stabbing pain that comes and goes. Pain radiating to my right ear and surrounding the ear. This sensation...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read the complaint carefully and watched all the files and pictures (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity). Throat and tongue numbness is mainly a neurological complaint that needs a neurologist, not an ENT doctor. There are two main causes of r...  Read Full »

I am experiencing irritation and numbness on the right side of my tongue which is reduced with a warm salt water gargle. Kindly help

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing some mild irritation, numbness, and sensation in the right side of my tongue, more towards the mid-section (near the pre-molars). There is no soreness, but seems like a very small line, when touched I can feel the sensation. There is no reaction to spicy food or salt ...  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Based on your description, it is possible that you may be experiencing a mild case of nerve irritation or inflammation in your tongue, which is causing numbness and sensation feeling. This can sometimes be caused by trauma or injury to the tongue, such as accidentally ...  Read Full »

I noticed a growth on my tongue, which is swollen and numb, causing difficulty speaking. Could it be cancer?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a male. My height is five feet and seven inches, and my weight is 170 pounds. I have no relevant medical issues and I am not on any medication. For one month, I have felt trouble speaking. I consulted with a neurologist because of other simultaneous issues and was cleared of any neur...  Read Full »

Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I reviewed the attached pictures (attachment removed for patient identity protection). I also cross-checked the same with the links you gave. I agree the symptoms you face are significant, and there is every reason to worry about cancer. However, the pictures do not sh...  Read Full »

Why do I have burning sensation on tongue three days after root canal injection?

Query: Hello doctor, I had a root canal done. I was given an injection that kind of hurt. After that, I realized my tongue was numb but by the end of the day, it got better. When I woke up the next day, I had a tingling sensation but by the end, it changed from tingling to burning. I can bite my tongue and...  Read Full »

Dr. Divya Banu M

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? Do not worry. This is the reversal of anesthesia effect. It is just that it is taking a little longer time in you. Tingling sensation means that the nerve anesthesia is going off. Wait for two more days. If you still feel numbness, then get back t...  Read Full »

My tongue and lip are numb nine hours after a tooth was removed. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I just removed one wisdom tooth on my right side. It has been nine hours and the half of my tongue, lip and teeth are numb. What should I do? Is this permanent?  Read Full »

Dr. Muzaffer Hussain Parray

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have been through your query. The numbness you are feeling is because of transient mandibular nerve palsy, which is the most common complication of the inferior alveolar nerve block. So, do not panic. It will be alright within 24 hours. You can put hot sand in a cl...  Read Full »

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

Query: 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 ...  Read Full »

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to 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 medicat...  Read Full »

I developed a rough, pimple-like growth with mild pain on the right side of my tongue. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a pimple-like growth on the side edges of the backside of my tongue. I do not have much pain, but I can feel the roughness. And that is when I examined and found these pimple-like growths. They are mainly on the right side of the tongue. In addition, I have numbness in the tongue, b...  Read Full »

Dr. Naseer Ahmad Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I went through your query and understood your concern. The location of the tongue you are referring to consists of many taste buds which are leaf-like and elongated. Sometimes hypertrophy of the taste buds can be seen. They present as swollen painless eruptions; how...  Read Full »

After doing filling, I have numbness in my tongue sometimes. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,For about a week, the right end of my tongue has been feeling just a little numb and swelling. It would come and go a little bit throughout the day. It does not hurt, but it is just annoying. Sometimes, I will rub the end of my tongue on my teeth, and I did not know if that would cause it ...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have read through your complaint and the relevant details. You have mentioned that you are experiencing this kind of tongue numbness only for a week and also had a filling done recently. So, my question to you is, did you get any injections in the mouth during your d...  Read Full »

Why do I have numbness and tingling sensation in the tongue after impaction surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, At the beginning of this month, I extracted my impacted wisdom tooth. It has been 25 days now. Still, I have numbness and tingling sensation on my tongue. I consulted my surgeon and he told me that everything looks fine and my wound is getting healed. But still, I have discomfort. What i...  Read Full »

Dr. Mousam Chattopadhyay

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Kindly attach the image of the X-ray and extracted site. As it has been 25 days of post-extraction, you should not have discomfort by this time. You seem to have an issue. Numbness of the tongue should wear off after three to four hours of post-extraction unless there i...  Read Full »

I have no feeling in my tongue after having wisdom teeth pulled. What should I do?

Query: Hello doctor,I am 22 years old and had four wisdom teeth pulled. The procedure happened on 7th and my tongue is still numb. I have no feeling in my tongue now. Did the dentist maybe nick a nerve or something? Will I ever get the feeling back in my tongue? I am always biting my tongue at night and wh...  Read Full »

Dr. Geethanjali. S. S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you had all the wisdom teeth pulled out in one shot, then you should have been given a lot of numbing injections on all the four sides of the mouth. In that case, the injections given for the lower jaw numbness would be the major reason for your tongue numbness. Do n...  Read Full »

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