Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
165 Doctors are Online

Swollen tongue. Earlier had cold. Cause?

Last night (and on several previous occasion) I woke up with my right side of my tongue very swollen. I noticed it around 5:30am and it is now 9:30am and is going down slowly. I am taking no medication and have not taken any parecetomol etc even thougfh i have had a severe cold this last week.

What can be causing this?
Asked On : Sun, 28 Apr 2013
Answers:  3 Views:  104
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Topics
Dentist 's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Oral infections can lead to tongue swelling it can be due to viral infections such as herpangina or bacterial infections like streptococcal, swelling of tongue or lips is seen in neurofibromatosis.

It can also have resulted from prolonged cold, or due to ulcerations or tongue biting.
I would suggest you to visit Oral Surgeon for clinical examination and evalaution which helps in excat diagnosis and treatment.
Meantime you can do symptomatic treatment at home by maintaining good oral hygiene to prevent superinfection, use antiseptic mouthrinse and antioxidant suplements.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
I find this answer helpful
Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
Thanks for writing in.
The swollen tongue may be associated with-
Allergic foods taken.
Aphthous ulcers.
Vitamin deficiencies.
Insect bite.
I would suggest you to get a thorough clinical evaluation by a dentist.
Take plenty of fluids and nutritious food.
Maintain good oral hygiene.
Rinse your mouth after every meals.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
I find this answer helpful
Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response

Hello there ,

Thanks for writing your query,

Appearance of recurrent swelling on the tongue indicates inflammation .

Recurrent trauma to the tongue may lead to swelling and pain.

It may be caused due to several reasons like deficiency or certain vitamins especially vitamin B12 and vitamin C.

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.

Apply oral antiseptic ,analgesic ointments like dentogel or mucogel topically over the affected area

if the symptoms do not subside with this you need to consult a dentist.
exact diagnosis can be made only after clinical examination and evaluation , consult an oral surgeon and get the examination done.

i hope this helps ,

take care.
Answered: Sun, 28 Apr 2013
I find this answer helpful

1 Doctor agrees with this answer

Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor