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Suggest remedy for ache in tongue

hiya.. both me and my partner have been suffering with an aching tounge. its strange that we ve got it at same time. it really hurts at back of our tounge. under neither that stringy bit is very sore. to be honest i can remember how fat my tounge was before before hand but it seams huge like it dont fit in my mouth. we are also both doing the same habbit. without knowing it our tounge rests at top of our mouth behind our teeth. which is causesing the aching. we have both been very down since this and its not like us at all. losing concentration, forgetting what we was just saying and altoghter just not here. im going to be honest and say saturday we both took a legal high pill that kept us awake all night saturday, all day sunday and finally managed to get 3 hours sleep sunday night. last night we got about 4 hours sleep. (we only go out once a month so i was blameing no sleep on pills) could this pill be causesing the soreness and habbit? could it be lack of sleep? or also we have recently just found a huge patch of mold in our bedroom that was hiding behind our cabinets could it be anything to do with that? please help
Mon, 29 Sep 2014
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Hello,
Definitely rule out an allergic reaction. Soreness with swelling could be a sign of an allergic reaction. This can be from ingestion or respiratory. Habits with your tongue and breathing through your mouth causes stress and dries out your tongue. You may be prone to an oral yeast infection with an oral flora imbalance. Redness, increased sensitivity and a coated tongue can indicate a fungal infection that will require the prescription Nystatin.
Make sure that you are well hydrated is my number one recommendation. Drink lots of water and more water! Rinse your tongue with warm salt water. Gentle and proper daily dental care should include brushing your tongue. Take some anti-inflammatory medication such as Tylenol or Advil. Benadryl is also an effective antihistamine that can reduce swelling and allergic reactions. Avoid all irritants such s smoking, acidic and spicy foods. Keep a well balanced diet that includes vitamins. Deficiencies can cause problems to your tongue. Vitamin B12 promotes healing.
I hope your symptoms decrease as your body responds to good care. See your dentist if oral symptoms continue or increase. Consider a visit to your physician for blood tests and a physical if you continue to experience systemic effects that may indicate a compromised condition.
Thank you for your inquiry.
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