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Glossitis is swelling of the tongue. The tongue looks smooth and may be an unusual colour from pinkish to dark red. Glossitis is often caused by an infection. Other causes include injury, irritation from spicy foods, or a poor diet.
Glossitis can make it hard for your child to talk, chew, or swallow, especially if he or she gets sores on the tongue.
Treatment for glossitis depends on the cause. An infection is treated with antibiotics. Other medicines can relieve swelling and pain. If the swelling is severe, your doctor may prescribe steroids.
Follow-up care is a key part of your child's treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if your child is having problems. It's also a good idea to know your child's test results and keep a list of the medicines your child takes.
Call 911 anytime you think your child may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your child's health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:
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Current as of: October 27, 2020
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Adam Husney MD - Family Medicine & Martin J. Gabica MD - Family Medicine
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