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Query about tongue infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i think i have tongue cancer. i have a gross looking lump on my tongue which has changed in size and appearence within the last two months. i has changed from being small and white to being quite large, pink and vainy. its sometimes sore and i have a sore jaw and ear ache.i'm 24, i have a tongue peircing, and i am a smoker. i have two small boys and i am very worried.
Doctor :   hello
User :   hi
User :   what do you think?
Doctor :   may i know your age and gender please
User :   i'm a 24year old female
Doctor :   have you lost weight recently ?
Doctor :   since how many years have you been smoking />
User :   i have lost only a few pounds. i yoyo
User :   i have been a smoker on and off since i was 15
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   well cancer of the tongue is not as aggressive as you have mentioned
Doctor :   but never the less the condition can also be a fungal infection
User :   i have had my piercing for about a year and have good oral hygine.
Doctor :   so what we need to do is that it need to be shown to a physician
User :   it really hurts when i eat and can often bleed afterwards
Doctor :   any fever ?
User :   no
Doctor :   do you have anyother medical problem
User :   with my mouth?
Doctor :   in general ?
Doctor :   how is your health otherwise ?
User :   my jaw keep dislocating and remains sore for months once it's fixed
Doctor :   i see
Doctor :   well i can assure you one thing for sure
Doctor :   that the chances of this condition turning out cancer is rare very very rare
Doctor :   its more of a infection
Doctor :   but you do need to see ENT doc
User :   whats that?
Doctor :   ear nose throat specialist ..
Doctor :   your tongue needs to be examined
Doctor :   : i am sorry since this is a online consultation its illegal for me to prescribe without examination any medications but all you do need is a antibiotic course and you will be fine . also i STRONGLY recommend on quitting smoking as it acts as irritant
User :   that okay thanks. do you think the problems with my jaw and ear may be conected?
Doctor :   its more towards a infection
Doctor :   once a examination is done the cause can be found
Doctor :   and you will be treated accordingly
User :   thats a big help thanks
Doctor :   your most welcoem
Doctor :   welcome**
Doctor :   take care
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