Have a sore tongue occasionally

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Have a sore tongue occasionally. A red strip down the center with cracks. It is never there when I go to the doctor but have it again today.


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Looks similar?

It is called fissured tongue. Even if you have fissures in your tongue, it's not a cause for concern. In fact, certain types of grooves or cracks are considered simply a variation of a normal tongue. Sometimes called a plicated or scrotal tongue, this condition is often harmless. It needs no treatment.

It is glossitis, the potential causes are:

Glossitis is often a symptom of other conditions, or problems, which can include;

- An allergic reaction to toothpaste, mouthwash, breath fresheners, dyes in candy or certain blood pressure medications (ACE inhibitors).
- A severe dry mouth, when the glands that produce saliva are destroyed.
- Bacterial infections or viruses, including oral herpes.
- Injury from burns, rough edges of teeth or dental appliances, or other trauma.
- A low level in iron (iron deficiency), certain B vitamins or lack of  vitamin B12.
- Other skin conditions such as oral lichen planus, erythema multiform, aphthous ulcers, pemphigus vulgaris or syphilis.

You need to go to make an appointment with a dentist. If your lesions would be gone based on your experience, you can take a picture of it and show it when you see a doctor.