Tongue Pain

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Definition

Tongue problems include pain, swelling, or a change in how the tongue looks.


Alternative Names

Dark tongue; Burning tongue syndrome


Considerations

The tongue is mainly made up of muscles. It is covered with a mucus membrane. Small bumps (papillae) cover the upper surface of the tongue.

  • Between the papillae are the taste buds, which allow you to taste.
  • The tongue moves food to help you chew and swallow.
  • The tongue also helps you form words.

There are many different reasons for changes in the...

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