Appearance of Tongue Sores is one of the most common and confusing problems associated with the tongue. Sores on tongue can be caused due to a variety of reasons ranging from common Canker Sores to serious conditions like Oral Cancer.
Tongue Sores are often accompanied by pain, burning sensation and inflammation. They are generally white or red in color. The presence of any yellow or dark colored Tongue Sore mostly indicates viral infection.
Swollen taste buds in the form of Tongue Zits are also similar to Tongue Sores. They commonly appear on the back of the tongue and are usually considered harmless.
What Causes Sores on the Tongue?
Common injuries on tongue caused by accidently biting the tongue, consuming extremely hot foods or beverages, like irritation due to substances like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (found in some toothpastes) and spicy or acidic foods, tobacco abuse, ill-fitted dentures, allergic reactions, vitamin deficiencies and Canker Sores are the most common Tongue Sores causes.
Painful sores on tongue resulting from Canker Sores are usually white in color with red edges. They typically last for about seven to ten days but tend to recur from time to time.
White sores on tongue, however, can also be caused due to HIV infection. Leukoplakia, which is often considered as a precancerous condition, can also cause round small hard white bump on tongue. Such bump or bumps are mostly patchy in appearance.
Other causes of Tongue Sores also include bacterial infections, Oral Herpes, Oral Cancer, immune system disorders etc. In most of the cases, sores on tongue caused by Oral Cancer usually develop on either the sides of the tongue or in the floor of the mouth. Such Tongue Sores are generally painless at first and do not heal even within three weeks.
Treatment of Tongue Sores
Painful Tongue Sores caused by infections are usually healed by regularly rinsing the mouth with lukewarm saline solution. You can also gargle with a solution of half a teaspoon of baking soda mixed in a glass of warm water to get rid this problem. Honey also has excellent curative properties that can help a great deal in the treatment of sores on tongue.
Alternatively, you can apply glycerin on the affected area to cure Tongue Sores easily. Simply sucking an ice cube is one of the best ways of relieving pain and burning sensation associated with such sores and ulcers.
In addition, have a balanced and nutritious diet with special emphasis on vitamin B12 and iron to get rid of sores on tongue caused by vitamin deficiencies. Lentils, peas, beans, spinach and various other green vegetables are highly beneficial in this regard.
Besides, restrict the consumption of highly acidic and spicy foods as these are often regarded as some of the most common causes of sores on tongue occurring due to chemical imbalance. Reduce the consumption of highly sugary foods as well as they tend to encourage the overgrowth of fungus.
Some people also tend to have sores on tongue after consuming alcoholic beverages in excess. Last but not least, try to maintain adequate oral hygiene so as to avoid Tongue Sores caused by infections.