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Inflamed taste buds on tongue. Painful to eat. Swollen tongue, cracked. Any thoughts?

I have been having problems with my tongue lately. I am continually having the little buds on my tongue becoming inflamed. They are irritated and make it painfully to eat,s etc The other issue is that this morning I woke up and my tongue is swollen and is cracked looking and looks like a road map. Any thoughts on what might be going on here?
Asked On : Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

The inflammation on tongue may be due to-Ulcers .

I would suggest you to-
Include plenty of fluid and vitamin -b12,c,foilc acid iron supplements.
mAINtain good oral hygiene.
Avoid salty/spicy foods.
Maintain good oral hygiene.
lukewarm saline gargle may relieve.
Also please consult your dentist.
Floss your tongue smoothly without applying vigorous pressure.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hi there,

Your clinical hisoiry suggests you have developed a inflammatory condition of tongue known as GEOGRAPHIC TONGUE which shows road map like pattern formation over the tongue mucosa.

Appearence of inflammed taste buds indicates inflammation of tongue mucosa and it may be caused due to several reasons like deficiency or certain vitamins especially vitamin B12 and vitamin C.

Maintain good oral hygiene by practising regular mouth rinsing with lukewarm saline water or antiseptic mouthwash like betadine or chlorhexidine.

start with multivitamin supplements for 7 to 10 days and vitamin C lozenges will help in resolving the problem.

avoid alcohol , carbonated drinks , tobacco chewing and smoking as these may worsen the area affected.

you can apply topical oral antiseptics like dentogel over the affected which helps in giving soothing effect and reduces burning sensation.

i hope this helps ,

take care
Answered: Fri, 5 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Inflammed and swollen taste buds on tongue can be due to consumption of hot food, allergies to some food, trauma due to tongue biting, bacterail and viral infections.

A condition known as Geographic Tongue or erythema migrans is characterised by inflammation of taste buds and cracks on tongue surface, the condition is chronic and associated with stress, illness, hormonal changes.

I would suggest you to visit Dentist and get the checkup done.
Go for symptomatic treatment, maintain a good oral hygiene ,
Use antiseptic mouthwash solution.
Apply oral ointment cortisone acetate topically over the affected area.
Avoid eating of hot and spicy food stuffs.
For pain you can apply Mucopian oral ointment topicallly over the affected area.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Sonia Nayab's  Response
hi Tcarlis

thanks for asking your query.

according to your history you might be having burning tongue syndromre but exact diagnosis can only be made by complete medical history and clinical examination.

causes include dry mouth,oral infection like candida or oral thrush,allergy,oral habits like tongue thursting,biting tongue tip,endocrine disorder,vitamin or iron deficiency,irritaion of mouth by over brushing and some psychological causes like stress,depression or anxiety

treament include saliva replacement if you have a dry mouth

excessive fluid intake

avoid spicy and hot food

iron and vitamin supplement

altering habits if you have any of the mentioned one.

capsaicin a pain reliever

certain antidepressent if you have stress or anxiety

hope this will help you


take cares
Answered: Thu, 4 Apr 2013
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