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Mouth or Tongue Swelling Overview

What is mouth or tongue swelling?
A person with mouth or tongue swelling has enlargement of one of the structures inside the mouth. The swelling may involve the teeth, gums, cheeks, tongue or throat. Mouth or tongue swelling is caused by injury, inflammation, or infection.

What are the symptoms of mouth or tongue swelling?
Symptoms that occur with mouth or tongue swelling may include mouth pain, tongue pain, sore throat, dental pain, swollen tonsils, pus on tonsils, mouth lesions, tongue lesions, mouth ulcers, white coating on inside of mouth, and swollen glands in the neck. Other symptoms include facial pain, facial swelling, facial tenderness, tongue swelling, mouth swelling, gum swelling, gum redness, inability to open the mouth all the way, difficulty swallowing, and difficulty breathing.

How does the doctor treat mouth or tongue swelling?
The treatment for mouth or tongue swelling depends on the underlying cause. Treatment for mouth or tongue swelling may include cold compresses, mouth rinses, antiseptic mouthwash, saltwater gargles, antihistamines, corticosteroids, antibiotics, antiviral medications, vitamin supplements, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications for pain.

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Last Updated: Aug 20, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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