Blisters on tongue, or tongue blisters are painful sores or ulcers on the tongue often accompanied by burning sensation and cause discomfort while eating, speaking and drinking as the blisters make it difficult to carry out activities involving the use of tongue. Tongue blisters also known as tongue zits can be caused due to a number of reasons.
Common tongue injuries like the ones caused by accidental tongue biting and eating extremely hot or acidic foods tend to cause and aggravate existing tongue blisters.
Apart from this, viral infections due to Herpes Simplex Virus in the form of Canker Sores and Stomatitis can also trigger this condition. Stomatitis leads to the formation of blisters on tongue along with inflammation.
The infection is contagious in nature and leads to the development of fluid filled sores on the tongue, inside of cheeks, lips or other parts of the mouth. The condition is referred to as Gingivostomatitis in children and is accompanied by the symptom of swollen lymph nodes. The appearance of tongue blister or blisters due to Herpes Stomatis may be preceded by fever.
Individuals with nutritional deficiency, chronic constipation, weak immune system or those taking immunosuppressants are more likely to face this problem. Stress and hormonal changes too increase the risk of developing annoying blister in tongue.
Sore Throat infection can lead to blisters in throat and burning tongue. Besides, another condition called Mucocele may give rise to the formation of small blister-like lesions on the underside of the tongue.
Moreover, red or white blisters on tongue in children may be caused by Hand-Foot-and Mouth-Disease or yeast infections as well. The presence of white bump or blister on tongue accompanied by a metallic taste in mouth is usually indicative of candida yeast infection or Oral Thrush.
Food allergies can also give rise to this problem. But, can strong chees burn the mouth and tounge? Well, although cottage cheese is often used to ease burning sensation, certain varieties of fermented cheese that are extremely pungent and strong can also cause burning sensation in the mouth and tongue.
Treatment for Tongue Blisters
Small blisters on tongue that are caused by mild viral mouth infections tend to heal on their own within a couple of weeks days. Tongue blisters that do not go away even after a long time or the ones that recur and spread to other parts of the mouth should better be examined by a qualified doctor.
In case of viral infections, taking antiviral medicines advised by doctors is the most effective blisters on tongue treatment. Rinsing the mouth with lukewarm salt water is also beneficial.
Take proper precautionary steps to avoid spreading the infection (whether viral or bacterial) by maintaining proper oral hygiene and resisting the temptation to touch the affected area again and again.
Plus, the application of topical medications containing numbing agents can help ease the pain. Apply some zinc cream on the affected area to facilitate the process of healing. The application of honey is also beneficial in this regard. Take vitamin B complex pills if the tongue sores and blisters are caused by vitamin B deficiency.
As most of the mouth and tongue related problems are aggravated by dry mouth, it is better to consume adequate amount of water at regular intervals. Infants can also be given clear liquids. In case of blister on tongue cause by Herpes virus, consume more lysine rich foods and less arginine rich foods.
Therefore, eat more papayas, mangoes, apricots, figs, sprouts, legumes, dairy products and reduce the consumption of nuts, dried beans, seeds, peanut butter, chocolate and products prepared from white flour. Abstain from cigarette smoking as well.
In addition, avoid having extremely hot, spicy and acidic foods. Citrus juices and carbonated drinks may also add to the discomfort and are best avoided until the blisters on tongue heal.