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Sore throat, swollen glands, blood traces in spit, enlarged circumvallate papillae with bleeding. Habit of brushing the tongue hardly. Signs of oral cancer?

I have been brushing my tongue for a while now and lately I had been brushing much harder on my tongue than normal and with whitening toothpaste. One morning last week after brushing it the night before, I woke up with a sore tongue at the front and at the back, I brushed it again and when I spit into the sink there was streaks of bloods. Ever since then I have been spitting out blood in the morning and have recently gotten a sore throat and swollen glands. I looked at my tongue in the mirror and noticed that my circumvallate papalae are slightly enlarged and believe that the source of blood is coming from that region. I have a doctors appointment tomorrow but I am extremely worried that this may be something serious like oral cancer or another serious desease. I am wondering what your thoughts may be on this issue and if I should concerned as I am.
Asked On : Fri, 13 Jul 2012
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Dentist, Endodontics 's  Response

welcome to healthcare magic ! i understand your concern. from your post it appears that you have been very harsh on our tongue applying a lot of pressure and the whitening toothpaste. The whitening toothpastes mostly contain hydrogen peroxide which may damage the oral mucosa if used concentrated. The same reason could be for your sore throat. Another reason for all these symptoms could be a bacterial or viral infection since you have swollen glands also. Please apply Mocopain and Hexigel ointments alternatively on the tongue. Use Betadine gargles twice or thrice a day for sore throat and you can also take antibiotics in case there is some throat infection. please go for a complete oral examination. Please do not panic about cancer. The doctors will advise the course of treatment and rule out cancer if they feel the need. Take care and all the best!
Answered: Sat, 14 Jul 2012
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Dentist, Orthodontics Dr. Atwal Vikram's  Response
Teeth whitening pastes contain chemicals which are bit harsh on the soft oral tissues. their use should be limited to teeth only. as per the information provided by you regarding your tongue cleaning habit all i can say is that there is nothing serious . you just have a bruised tongue which is making the streaks of blood appear in your spit.
be gentle in your cleaning from now on and use a avoid using brush to clean tongue. use plastic tongue cleaner and drink good amount of water to drink in a day.
take care
Answered: Fri, 13 Jul 2012
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