Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties
128 Doctors Online

By proceeding, I accept the Terms and Conditions

Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

HCM Blog Instant Access to Doctors
HCM BlogQuestions Answered
HCM Blog Satisfaction

How can sores on the tongue be treated?

Answered by
Dr. Honey Arora


Practicing since :2011

Answered : 13924 Questions

Posted on Tue, 27 Jun 2017 in Dental Health
Question: Hello. Worried about oral cancer. Used smokless tonacco for ~7-8 years. Quit 2-3 weeks ago. Drink 4-6 beers a day. Also likely have HPV as I used to get cold sores as a teenager.

I noticed some sores on my tongue (picture 1). They have been there for for at least two weeks, hurt a little when aggrevated, and sometimes bleed easily. There are the two on the left side (pictured) and one matching one on the right side (same spot as the forward most sore on the left)

Also there are some white bumps along that ridge ("fold" ?) on the bottom of my mouth, both sides (picture 2). About 3-4 painless bumps per side. Maybe normal just never noticed before.

I went to the dentist for an oral cancer screening 3 weeks ago.

Thought? Thanks!
Answered by Dr. Honey Arora 27 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Please send clear picture.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the query..

I am sorry but all the images are so blurred that I am not able to observe anything out of it..
So please send clear pictures..

Also answers the following questions.

1.Does these ulcers became better in 2 weeks and then worsen or are the same since 2 weeks?
2.Are they painful?
3.What did the Dentist tell you after screening?

Please revert back with answers and also upload clear pictures​..


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
Follow up: Dr. Honey Arora 2 hours later
They seem about the same after two weeks although I didn't notice the one on the right side until more recently. The front left one is slightly painful mostly after agitating it. The dentist saw nothing abnormal on my tongue when I went for the screening (which was about a week BEFORE the sores on the left appeared). She was more concerned with my gums which have since been healing.

I will try for better pictures. The light reflects off the saliva and blurs the photographs. Thanks!

Answered by Dr. Honey Arora 7 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Does not seem cancerous..

Detailed Answer:
As per your explanation and latest image the symptoms does not look like cancerous ulcers..
So just relax..
You should start gargling with warm saline solution..
Take Vitamin B complex supplement daily for about 15 days..
Suck ice pops and also hold cool water in mouth to reduce inflammation, pain and help in reducing the sores..
Avoid hard and spicy foods..
You should also limit drinking as well as don't consume tobacco at all..

Revert back after 15 days with the progress of the treatment..

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj

The User accepted the expert's answer

Share on
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,  
Lab Tests

Recent questions on  Cancer screening

doctor1 MD

Hi, I had redness/rash on one of my breasts about 6 months ago - it went away after a number of days and I didn t have it checked out. I am 55 and...

doctor1 MD

I had a mammogram 3 weeks ago and it showed benign calcifications. My doctor recommended another mammogram in 6 months; however, I have noticed...

doctor1 MD

Hi iam 29 yrs old and trying to conceive... More than 20 day Iam feeing pain in my both underarms and itching in nipple.. Consulted doc and she...

doctor1 MD

Hi Dr. Samuel Grief my question is what is the best thing to do when you find out you have multiple cyst and after mammogram and ultrasound and...

doctor1 MD

My husband has postprandial hypotension . It he has fallen, and sometimes he is lightheaded almost half the day. Dr.s don't seem very concerned...

doctor1 MD

My mum had bowel cancer screening test and it showed blood in her sample. Mum had a colonoscopy and this has shown what they is a cancerous tumour...