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What causes swollen tongue and difficulty breathing?

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Posted on Fri, 20 May 2016
Question: I had a very swollen left side of
my tongue when I awoke this morning. It was red and big and made breathing, swallowing and speaking difficult. It is now less swollen but there is a light patch ( gland?) along the side of the tongue about 1" long.
What is this please ?
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Answered by Dr. Priyanka Tiwari (39 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Need more details and picture of tongue .

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX ,

Thanks for consulting Healthcare magic .
This is Dr. Priyanka tiwari answering yor query .

I have read your query and understand your concern . As far as unilateral swollen tongue and difficulty in breathing and swallowing is concerned this can be due to multiple causes like sharp edges posterior tooth , Allergic reaction , lipoma , fibroma , Hemangioma . Can you upload image of tongue that will be more helpful for me to give you proper diagnosis . I would like more details to guide you better :
- Do you have pain or ulcer on left side of tongue ?
- Do you have sharp edges of posterior tooth ?
- Any dental treatment you have taken recently ?
- Do you have any medical history or you are taking any medication ?

Kindly reply so that I can guide you better and give you proper diagnosis .
Awating for Pictures and answer to guide you better .

Thanks .


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Naveen Kumar
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Follow up: Dr. Priyanka Tiwari (1 hour later)
I am sorry I cannot take photographs so this discussion is of no use
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Answered by Dr. Priyanka Tiwari (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Possible causes , Measures , consult oral surgeon for clinical examination.

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX ,

Welcome again .

I have gone through your reply . Dont worry if you cannot take photograph . If possible answer the above questions that will be helpful for me to give you proper diagnosis . Based on details provided the possible causes for tongue swelling can be Allergic reaction , traumatic injury , fibroma , Vitamin deficiency , Ingesting irritants (Hot and spicy food ) . For this I will suggest you some measures:
-Do warm saline rinses 2 to 3 times a day .
-Maintain proper oral hygiene .
-Use tongue scraper to clean your tongue .
-Avoid hot and spicy food .
-Take Vitamin B supplements .
- Local application of Ointment containing lignocaine .
I recommend you to consult oral surgeon for clinical examination and assesment .

Hope I have answered your query.
If you have further query I will be happy to help.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Naveen Kumar
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Follow up: Dr. Priyanka Tiwari (5 hours later)
To answer some of your first questions:
I have a sharp edge on a back , left side tooth.
I have had recent dental treatment and have a new bridge ( held in by alloy of metals) at the top in the front. My bite is now not good and I have some gaps where I should be chewing.
I am on medicines for high BP, Hiatus hernia, low thyroid, leaky heart valve and a bit of asthma- but these are under control and do not worry me.
Today I had headaches, neck ache and some vertigo and slight diarrea when the swollen tongue was at it's biggest and reddest.
Thanks for your help.
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Answered by Dr. Priyanka Tiwari (4 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Perhaps it is due to the sharp edge

Detailed Answer:
Hello XXXXXXX ,

I have gone through your answers . Swollen tongue is perhaps due to the sharp edge of posterior teeth. The yellow spot you noticed could be the effect of a trauma.
Alternatively, the tongue swelling, difficulty in swallowing and diarrohea could be due to an infection.

I am glad you are visiting a doctor tomorrow. You may continue the measures suggested above. You can be started on antibiotics like azithromycin and Metronidazole if necessary after discussing with the doctor tomorrow.

Hope I have answered your query .
If you have further query I will be happy to help.
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What causes swollen tongue and difficulty breathing?

Brief Answer: Need more details and picture of tongue . Detailed Answer: Hello XXXXXXX , Thanks for consulting Healthcare magic . This is Dr. Priyanka tiwari answering yor query . I have read your query and understand your concern . As far as unilateral swollen tongue and difficulty in breathing and swallowing is concerned this can be due to multiple causes like sharp edges posterior tooth , Allergic reaction , lipoma , fibroma , Hemangioma . Can you upload image of tongue that will be more helpful for me to give you proper diagnosis . I would like more details to guide you better : - Do you have pain or ulcer on left side of tongue ? - Do you have sharp edges of posterior tooth ? - Any dental treatment you have taken recently ? - Do you have any medical history or you are taking any medication ? Kindly reply so that I can guide you better and give you proper diagnosis . Awating for Pictures and answer to guide you better . Thanks .