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Is Your Tongue Hurting? What Causes Painful Mouth Sores And How To Get Rid Of Them Safely

Date November 19, 2018 17:00

Ever experienced painful sensations in your tongue? It's a very terrible feeling that can significantly trouble you and bring a lot of discomforts.

So, let's find out which factors can make your tongue hurt and what you can do about them.

Common causes of a sore tongue

There's a wide variety of reasons why your tongue might be hurting, and some of them might require a visit to a doctor. Let's review them:

  1. Trauma as a result of burnt tongue or teeth grinding goes away by itself.
  2. Inflammation as a result of randomly swollen taste buds, or oral thrush due to antibiotics.
  3. Food sensitivity and allergy.
  4. Smoking.
  5. Vitamin deficiency.
  6. Oral ulcers or canker sore.

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Let's take a closer look at canker sores.

What are canker sores and why do they appear?

For many people, canker sores might seem a bit scary, because they can be quite painful and look unpleasant. However, unless you're getting unusually large canker sores very frequently, there's no reason to be alarmed.

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Canker sores are small white or yellow lesions that appear in your mouth due to infection. For example, if you didn't wash your hands and touched your mouth, it can lead to cankers. They can also form after an injury, including some dentist work and biting of the cheek. Let's look at possible triggers for canker sores:

  1. Mechanical injury.
  2. Toothpaste or mouthwash with sodium lauryl sulfate.
  3. Allergic response to certain bacteria.
  4. Vitamin B-12 deficiency.
  5. Sensitivity to spicy and acidic foods, as well as chocolate, strawberries, and cheese.
  6. Bacteria that cause peptic ulcers (Helicobacter pylori).
  7. Stress.
  8. Menstruation-triggered hormonal shifts.

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It's advised to see a doctor when canker sores are abnormally large, cause extreme pain, fever, and don't go away for over 2 weeks.

How to treat canker sores

It's not too difficult to make canker sores go away, and you usually don't even need medication:

1. Mouth rinse

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2. Chamomile tea with honey

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3. Vitamin B-12 supplements (for prevention)

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4. Aloe vera

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The best advice is to always wash your hands and avoid infection.

Source: HealthLine, Mayo Clinic, Medical News Today

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This article is solely for informational purposes. Do not self-diagnose or self-medicate, and in all cases consult a certified healthcare professional before using any information presented in the article. The editorial board does not guarantee any results and does not bear any responsibility for any harm that may result from using the information provided in the article.

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