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White spot on tip of tongue. Painful. Hurts to eat, drink, talk. What could it be?

I had a little white bump on the tip of my tongue about two days ago and now it has turned into a big white spot almost like an ulcer or something. I do not smoke or anything like that and I have had the taste buds swollen before and it would just always go away after a day or two. This is very painful and makes it hard to eat, drink, and even talk. What could possibly cause this?
Asked On : Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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Dentist 's  Response

White spoy on tip of tongue may be recurrent aphthous ulcers.

S uch ulcers arise due to-

vitamin b12 deficiency

immune deficiency


food allergy

I WOULD SUGGEST you to apply topical corticosteroids on the affected site.

Take vitamin becosules daily.

Avoid hot/spicy/artificial foods

Maintain good oral hygiene

If symptoms persist,please do consult dentist.

Hope you get well soon.


Answered: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hi chelsea and welcome to HCM,
White spots on the tongue are caused due to some of the reasons such as ulceration of the tongue mucosa due to trauma , physical trauma or chemical trauma caused by food allergies , injury to the tongue by hot food stuffs , deficiency of certain vitamins.
Stress Ulcers , Apthous ulcers , or viral infections like herpes also leads to ulcerations.
fungal infections of yeast called candida albicans leads to oral candidisis leads to white ulcerated area.
I would suggest you to start with multivitamin supplements and vitamin C lozenges two times daily.
apply antiseptic oral oitment topically over the ulcerated area .
maintain good oral hygiene by using antiseptic mouth rinses .
if condition doesnt get better then this then go for clinical examination by a dentist.
take care.
Answered: Fri, 22 Feb 2013
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Dentist Dr. Anshumala Singh's  Response
dear friend, thanx for sharing your concern,

the symptoms you have mention shows that you have recurrent apthous ulcer and you are very correct. yah it is very painful.

first i will tell you what is to be done in this case then i will explain you what is the cause .

1 you can apply DOLOGEL (lignocanie baced ) on the affected can apply this before food . so that you can comfortable have your meal.

2 i recommend you to take one capsule becosule daily for fifteen days, this will definitely solve your problem

now the cause for this is

1 iron , b-12, folic acid deficiency

2 stress .

3 very rarely Bactrial infection.

so i would also suggest you to take very healthy and nutritious diet , rich in vitamin b-12.

you get this plenty in milk and milk products, meat, egg and green leafy vegetables and fruit .

try to be stress free.

tk care thanx
Answered: Thu, 21 Feb 2013
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