Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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Should My Sore Tongue Worry Me?

Monday, 05 November 2012 10:14 AM

Question: My tongue has been sore for a few weeks on one side. It is very tender. I have never heard of this problem before. What do you think it could be?

Dr. Hibberd’s answer:

Soreness on one side of your tongue in the absence of infection or tumor usually comes from trauma (caused by heat, chemicals, or a physical injury). Vitamin C deficiency and B12 deficiency can also cause tongue irritation. Perhaps you grind your teeth when asleep. Biting your tongue when asleep suggests seizure disorder. Localized inflammation from infection is possible, but this usually causes a sore, ulcer, or a red area with swelling. In any case, a sore that lasts more than a few days should be examined by your doctor. Remember that a yeast infection in the mouth of an adolescent or adult is now a recognized reason to have an HIV test.

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A sore tongue can be caused by an injury, heat, or chemicals.
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