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Swollen and red gums and lips. Why is tongue also sensitive?

For the past week or so the inside of my upper and lower lip have been swollen and reddish and my gums feel dry over the swollen area of my irritated lips . In addition, the front of my tongue is now particularly sensitive to salty, spicy or sour food which I have had no problems eating in the past. I do not have dry mouth but this is more evident in the morning when I wake up. Should I see my doctor or go to a dentist and what could be the cause? Michelle
Asked On : Sat, 18 Aug 2012
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Dentist 's  Response
hello and welcome to hcm,
your gums are infected due to deposition of food particles.this has lead into chronic generalised gingivitis.
get thorough professional cleaning of teeth.
brush your teeth minimum twice daily.
use only soft-bristled toothbrush and clean your tongue also orelse it may cause accumulation of microorganisms and thereby systemic diseases.
take doxycycline tab.100mg for a week so that your gums become intact.
Answered: Mon, 20 Aug 2012
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Dentist, Periodontics Dr. Arati C Koregol's  Response
welcome to HCM
Thanks for the query
i think this could be an allegic stomatitis leading to these symptoms. this usually happens due to allegy some kind of medicine or foods or change of tooth paste recently. so theses things have to be ruled out first by detailed history and if necessary an allergen testing and then keeping away that particular allergen will be the remedy.
some times it can also happen due to vitamin deficiency, which can be treated by vitamin supplements.
so its better to consult the dentist for diagnosis, then followed by treatment strategy.
take care
hope i have tried to anwer your query.

Answered: Sun, 19 Aug 2012
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