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Tongue Sores During Pregnancy

Authored by DesiMD Doctor on 10 Mar 2016 - 11:16


Tongue sores (an open skin infection on the tongue) are commonly experienced by most people. Some of them experience it several times, even after being treated well.  Some women develop tongue sores during pregnancy.

Causes: Although the exact causes of tongue sores or ulcers during pregnancy are unclear, health experts say they could be caused due to any of the following reasons:

  • High Stress: During pregnancy, tongue sores occur due to extreme stress. If you wish to avoid this kind of tongue disorder, stress must be avoided or controlled.
  • Medical Conditions: Conditions like anemia and diabetes may also lead to a tongue sore.
  • Smoking: Excessive smoking aggravates tongue sores or may be responsible for these sores. Smoking also affects the growing fetus, so quitting is the best way to prevent them.
  • Biting: Consuming food very hot at times can make you accidentally bite your tongue which can lead to a sore. Clench or grinding your teeth, can also hurt the sides of the tongue and cause intense pain.
  • Viral Infection: This is another reason for tongue sores
  • Vitamin Deficiency:  Iron and vitamin deficiency sometimes leads to tongue sores.

Symptoms of Tongue Sores, Blisters or Ulcers during Pregnancy:

  • White colored or coated tongue
  • Bumps on the tongue
  • Irregular red patches
  • Burning sensation on the tongue
  • Fever
  • Difficulty in eating and talking
  • White lines on the tongue

Natural home remedies to treat sore tongue:  Home remedies not only soothe the pain of tongue ulcers, blisters, but also speeds up the healing process; they are completely safe, cheap and affordable too:

  • Gargle with salty water: This is one of the most effective remedies to cure sore tongue. Simply gargle with lukewarm salty water to help clear an germs around the sore. Salt is a natural antiseptic that helps reduce inflammation and pain. One teaspoon of salt in a cup of lukewarm water stirred well and gargled 3 to 4 times a day, helps heal the sore faster.
  • Eating habits:  Another effective way to relieve pain is to incorporate healthy foods in your diet. Pregnant women should include foods rich in vitamin C such as raw tomatoes, broccoli, muskmelon and red as well as yellow bell pepper and also fruits like apples, oranges and bananas. Apart from this, rice and curd should also be included in the diet as it helps to alleviate burning sensation caused due to sore tongue. Avoid salty, acidic and spicy foods.
  • Honey: Honey has curative and soothing properties that help soothe inflammation and pain caused by tongue sores. Apply honey on the affected area several times a day. Also one tablespoon of honey can be mixed with half teaspoon of turmeric and applied on the affected part for a few minutes. This can be repeated  3 to 4 times a day.
  • Good amount of fluids:  Pregnant women should increase the intake of fluids regularly to heal sore tongue. Healthy fluids like; milk with turmeric; tomato juices; green soups; herbal teas like peppermint tea and chamomile tea are very effective in reducing the pain caused by tongue soreness.
  • Application of lemon balm and glycerin:  Extract of lemon balm mixed with olive oil helps in healing the pain or discomfort aroused due to tongue soreness. This extract should be applied on the affected area at least 5 times a day. Applying glycerine on the affected area of the tongue overnight also helps heal in a week’s time.
  • Aloe vera gel: Aloe vera contains healing and curative effects that can alleviate many tongue disorders, including a sore tongue. It plays an essential role in reducing pain and inflammation due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Many pregnant women have been successful in healing sore tongue with  this natural remedy to treat tongue soreness, blister or ulcers. Repeatedly rinsing the mouth with aloevera everyday reduces inflammation.
  • Baking Soda: Baking soda has anti-inflammatory effects that help relieve inflammation and pain. A half teaspoon of baking soda mixed  with a little water can make be applied to the sore for just one minute and then rinsed off with warm water.





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