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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Why is My Tongue Always Sore?

By    |   Friday, 08 Nov 2013 09:57 AM

Question: My tongue is always sore on one side. What do you think could be causing this? My dentist says I don't have any infection or sign of cancer.

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
Soreness on one side of your tongue in the absence of infection or tumor is usually due to trauma (burn, chemical or physical) or infection. Vitamin C deficiency and B12 deficiency are also associated with tongue irritation.
 
Perhaps you grind your teeth when asleep and bite your tongue in the process? It's possible you may also have a mild seizure disorder that can cause this without you knowing it.
 
Localized inflammation from a non-visible infection is possible, but that will usually produce a sore, ulcer or red area with swelling. I would recommend you have this examined by your doctor for more specific management. Remember that a yeast infection in the mouth of an adolescent or adult is now a recognized reason to have your HIV test checked.
 

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