Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Glossitis
Browse and register for related classes.
Glossitis is redness and swelling (inflammation) of the tongue.
Possible causes of glossitis include an allergy or infection, an injury to the
tongue, and nutritional deficiencies.
Although most cases of glossitis are minor and can be treated at
home, symptoms can cause problems with chewing, swallowing, or speaking. Glossitis
may also cause trouble breathing, if swelling is severe. If breathing
difficulties develop, emergency medical care is required.
Current as of:
November 20, 2015
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine & David Messenger, MD
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.
250 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Share Feedback and Questions
View Quality Data
© 2016 Concord Hospital