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Check Out The Causes Of A Swollen Tongue And The Treatment

A swollen tongue could simply be an indication of an injury to the tongue, such as a cut or a burn. However, in certain situations, it could indicate that a more serious ailment is causing this symptom, such as an infection, a vitamin or mineral deficiency, or even an immune system problem.

It's critical to figure out what's causing the inflammation in your tongue and to see a gastroenterologist or dentist, who can advise you on the best course of action.


1. Reactions due to allergies


An allergic reaction to goods used in the mouth, such as toothpaste, mouthwash, dentures, or even other medications, can cause the tongue to swell.


What to do: If the individual suspects that a product he's using in his mouth is causing the swelling of his tongue, he should stop using it right away and visit a dentist or general practitioner, who may be able to prescribe a replacement.


2. Sjögren's syndrome

Sjögren's syndrome is a chronic autoimmune rheumatic disease characterized by inflammation of certain glands in the body, such as the mouth and eyes. Symptoms include dry mouth and eyes, difficulty swallowing, and a higher risk of eye and mouth infections, which can lead to tongue inflammation.


What to do: In general, lubricating eye drops, analgesics, and anti-inflammatory medications, as well as therapies that control immunity and gland function, are used in the treatment.


3. Vitamin and mineral deficiency

Swelling of the tongue can be caused by a deficiency in B vitamins or iron. In addition, a shortage of B and Iron vitamins can cause fatigue, anemia, a loss of energy, impaired attention, a lack of appetite, recurrent infections, tingling in the legs, and dizziness, among other symptoms.


What to do: The doctor usually advises taking B vitamins and iron supplements, as well as eating a diet high in these nutrients.


4. Oral candidiasis

Oral candidiasis is a fungal infection in the mouth that causes symptoms such as a whitish layer in the mouth, white plaques, a cottony sensation inside the mouth, and pain or burning in the affected areas. Persons with a compromised or underdeveloped immune system, such as babies and people with HIV, diabetes, or infections, are more likely to contract this disease.

What to do: Nystatin oral suspension is commonly used as treatment, and if necessary, oral antifungals such as fluconazole may be prescribed by the doctor.


Other conditions that can induce tongue swelling include cuts, burns, or ulcers on the tongue, skin issues like lichen planus, and ingestion of irritating chemicals, as well as viral diseases like herpes, bacterial infections like syphilis and glossitis, and mouth or tongue cancer.


How is treatment carried out?

In rare circumstances, it may be required to treat inflammation and pain with analgesics and anti-inflammatories in addition to treating the issue that produced the swelling of the tongue.

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