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What causes a small whitish sore underneath tongue?

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Dr. Sumit Bhatti

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Posted on Sat, 3 Sep 2016 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: Hi. I went to a doctor last week Monday when I noticed a small white sore underneath my backside of my tongue. The doctor examined it and said it was like a canker sore. I've had this almost 2 weeks and it's still the same.. It is not painful but noticeable when I eat. He did prescribe magic mouthwash which I did use and didn't seem to do much. I should say that I had a terrible sore throat the week before that and was prescribed antibiotics which is now totally gone. I've attached a picture although not clear that shows the white spot at the very back underneath the tongue. It's not a bump and smooth. Should I be concerned as I'm really worried?
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 2 hours later
Brief Answer:
Apthous ulcer.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. The images are not very clear but it looks like an apthous ulcer which are common after an illness and medication.

2. Apply an oral gel (such ad 5% amlexanox) and take and OTC painkiller. It should settle down. Anti acidity medication and multi vitamin supplements will help.

3. You can get a direct examination done by a local doctor or dentist if this persists beyond another 2 weeks.

I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any more questions I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Sumit Bhatti 7 minutes later
Could this be oral thrush?
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti 24 hours later
Brief Answer:
No.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for writing back.

1. No, this does not look like oral candidiasis (oral thrush).

2. It is better to get this examined and investigated if it persists (or increases in size) beyond 2 weeks after routine treatment.

I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any more questions I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
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