Glossitis

Common Name(s)

Glossitis

Glossitis is a condition where the tongue may be swollen, discolored, and have a smooth appearance. The papillae or bumps on the tongue may disappear. The inflammation may be painful and make it difficult to eat or talk.

Common causes of glossitis may include an allergic reaction (especially to certain toothpastes or blood pressure medications), autoimmune conditions (your body’s defense system mistakenly attacks your tongue), low iron levels, vitamin B deficiencies, infection, dry mouth (not enough saliva) and trauma or injury to your tongue. Risk factors for glossitis include injury to the mouth, having braces or dentures, herpes virus infection, eating spicy foods, or eating a poor diet low in nutrition.

In order to diagnose glossitis, a doctor will examine your tongue. Blood tests may be used to find the underlying cause. The goal of treatment will be to reduce the swelling and correct or control the underlying cause if possible. Good oral hygiene, including brushing teeth twice a day, is very important. Depending on how severe the glossitis is, a doctor may prescribe medications or a solution to put on the tongue (topical). If the glossitis is being caused by a poor diet, you may be referred to a nutritionist or dietary specialist. Certain supplements may be suggested. Talk with your doctor about the most current treatment options. Depending on the underlying cause, support groups may be a good source of information and can help connect you with others experiencing similar symptoms.

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Glossitis" returned 28 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Hematinic deficiencies and anemia statuses in recurrent aphthous stomatitis patients with or without atrophic glossitis.
 

Author(s): Yang-Che Wu, Yu-Hsueh Wu, Yi-Ping Wang, Julia Yu-Fong Chang, Hsin-Ming Chen, Andy Sun

Journal: J. Formos. Med. Assoc.. 2016 Dec;115(12):1061-1068.

 

Some of recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) patients had concomitant atrophic glossitis (AG). This study assessed whether RAS patients with AG (AG+/RAS patients) or without AG (AG-/RAS patients) had anemia and hematinic deficiencies and to evaluate whether RAS combined with AG or ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Rhomboid glossitis caused by Candida?
 

Author(s): Inssaf Ramli, Badredine Hassam

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Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Median rhomboid glossitis-developmental or candidal?
 

Author(s): Prashanth Panta, Sridhar Reddy Erugula

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Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Condition Summary: Erythema Migrans

 

Last Updated: 7 Sep 2017

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Cytokines and Chemokines in Erythema Migrans
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Erythema Migrans

 

Last Updated: 4 May 2017

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Antibiotic Treatment of Multiple Erythema Migrans
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Multiple Erythema Migrans

 

Last Updated: 4 May 2017

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