What in the world is anemia tongue? Well, let’s talk about anemia first. You’ve likely at least heard this word thrown around. Anemia is a condition that occurs when your blood lacks enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin, the part of the blood cell that binds oxygen. This causes fatigue, headaches and other symptoms.
Now you might call anemia tongue (aka glossitis) a symptom of anemia. The disorder is characterized by an inflamed or swollen tongue in multiple shades of red, difficulty or inability to chew, swallow or speak, tongue pain or tenderness, and the loss of the papillae—those bumps on your tongue that house your taste buds.
If you are experiencing these symptoms, however, don’t leap to conclusions. Anemia may be the cause, but it may also be an allergic reaction, an injury, herpes or dry mouth.
The best place to start your diagnosis and treatment is at the dentist. Drs. Cynthia S. Becker & Cynthia A. Pistoia will look for blisters, a lack of papillae and signs of inflammation. We may also request blood and saliva samples for testing. You may be given an antibiotic and make changes to your diet and oral hygiene routine. Depending on your situation, we may also recommend a trip to see the family doctor.
If you believe that you may have anemia tongue and you live in the Fishers, Indiana, area, please call 317-849-0999 to set up an appointment at My Dental Care. We’re here to help you get your best smile!