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

Q. What causes irritation, numbness, and altered sensation on the tongue?

Answered by
Dr. Kanani Darshan Jayantilal
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Apr 13, 2023 and last reviewed on: Jul 19, 2023

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 when I gargle. It is been there for four to five days, it has reduced a bit but not gone. No medication was taken, only drank cold water and gargled with salt warm water once or twice a day. Kindly suggest a solution.



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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 biting down on it, or it may be related to a more systemic condition like vitamin deficiencies or nerve damage. I suggest you use topical local anesthetic gels to get rid of the irritation. I hope I have cleared your doubts. Thank you.

Hello doctor,

Thanks for the prompt reply. It is less felt now without any medication, but not 100 %. Will the Renerve help? That is the only tablet I have here. Also, for the future, what is the topical application you would suggest?



Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, Renerve (Methylcobalamin, Alpha-Lipoic acid, Inositol, Folic acid, Chromium, and Selenium) will help. Basically, any medicine containing Methylcobalamin and Folic acid will work. It is good that you do not have that many symptoms. I will suggest you the topical gel, Dentogel (Choline salicylate and Lidocaine). Apply it when needed. I hope I have cleared your doubts. Thank you.

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