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Sore or painful tongue
Summary: A sore or painful tongue is usually caused by something obvious and visible, although there are a few less obvious causes you should be aware of that may need treating.
If the pain is persistent and you haven't accidentally bitten or burnt your tongue, see your GP or dentist. There may be an underlying infection or deficiency that needs treating, and your GP or dentist may be able to advise on pain relief while you wait for it to get better.

If you have a mouth ulcer that fails to heal within a few weeks, or if you have a red patch on your tongue with a white border that changes shape within weeks, see your GP or dentist. You may need to be referred to a specialist.
Language: English
Format: Online Resource
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Publisher: the NHS website

Last updated: 22/11/2018