With today’s hectic lifestyle and busy work schedules, people are looking for ways to improve their overall health. Individuals will usually look for ways to improve their general condition through increased physical activity, consumption of healthy food items and the use of more natural and alternative treatment options for various illnesses. People will primarily avoid adverse medical conditions that can negatively affect their health and overall quality of life. One possible medical condition that may be of concern to some people is the occurrence of an itchy tongue. People may actually be curious as to what causes an itchy tongue. In this article, we will look at what an itchy tongue is and what are its possible causes.
Itchy Tongue: A Brief Backgrounder
Tingling or itchy tongue may feel a little strange or weird to most people and it can give that feeling or sensation of pins-and-needles in the affected area and the mouth. The tongue may also feel a little numb and people may genuinely be worried. The good news is that itchy or tingling tongue should not be a major cause of concern for most individuals since this medical condition will usually resolve on its own.
What Causes Itchy Tongue?
A number of possible reasons may cause the tingling or itchy sensation felt in the tongue. One medical condition that can cause the said sensation is known as Reynaud’s phenomenon where the flow of blood to the tongue, lips, toes, and fingers gets affected. People will usually get veins that narrower during times of stress or when they get cold. However, for people afflicted with Reynaud’s phenomenon, an exaggerated reaction is observed wherein the flow of blood going to the area is greatly reduced. This can result in the changing of the color of the tongue. It may look pale, very red, and very blue. The tongue may also feel a tingle or an itch after an episode of the said condition.
Primary Reynaud’s Syndrome can at times be annoying but it is nothing to be majorly concerned about. Experts still do not know what exactly causes Reynaud’s and it is not and an indication of any serious medical condition. Any symptoms of the tongue that may be experienced by patients will usually go away through the ingestion of fluids that are warm or through relaxation to lessen their stress. Primary Reynaud’s can usually have episodes that repeat itself. If patients are able to note a change in the color of their tongues, they are advised to capture a photograph of the said phenomenon to be presented to their doctors. By sharing the said photo with their doctor, the patient’s healthcare partner can confirm primary Raynaud’s syndrome and can rule out the possibility of it being secondary Reynaud’s.
It is important that the patient’s doctor determine if the illness is Primary or Secondary Reynaud’s. While both these illnesses have similar symptoms, the cause and the underlying health condition for both ailments are very different as Secondary Reynaud’s is known to be caused by scleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, and other health problems of the immune system.
What Are Some Of The Common Causes of Itchy or Tingling Tongue?
As stated earlier, there a number of possible causes that may result in an itchy or tingling tongue and enumerated below are some of these causes:
An Allergic Reaction
Allergic Reactions can result in tingling, itchy, and swelling tongue primarily caused by certain chemical compounds or food items that people may have consumed. These include things such as spicy food and different medications.
Food allergies happen when the immune system mistakes as harmful some of the food consumed by individuals. Some of the common food allergens include soy, wheat, milk, shellfish, fish, peanuts, and eggs. Allergic reactions to pollen may also result in allergic reactions in adults. These adults may experience oral allergy syndrome and may get tingling or a swollen tongue from the said reaction. Oral allergy syndrome can make people adversely react to certain raw veggies and fruits such as peaches, celery, and melon. It can cause an irritation of the mouth and can result in the patient’s mouth feeling irritated, swollen, and tingly.
Patients are advised to avoid certain food items if they believe that they are allergic to them. In addition, individuals with extreme allergic reactions are advised to immediately seek medical assistance or to call 911 as some extreme reactions to allergies can be fatal or life-threatening. These include swallowing difficulties, the development of hives, itching, swollen mouths or lips, tightness and hoarseness of the throat, difficulty breathing, and wheezing. Other allergies caused by drugs and medicines can lead to tingling, itching, and swelling of the tongue. It has been observed that antibiotics are the usual suspects in terms of developing an allergic reaction to medicines and drugs. However, any form or type of medicine or drug can lead some form of allergy for patients taking them.
Oval shaped and shallow but small sores that form in around the tongue and other areas of the mouth are called canker sores. Experts are still unsure as to what causes these canker sores but evidence suggests that it can be the result of a number of different factors such as sensitivities to food, allergies, nutritional deficiencies, viruses, changes in the hormones, injuries to the person’s mouth, and other different factors. The said canker sores may be extremely painful and sensitive by they usually go away and resolve on their own after a number of days or a week. Patients with canker sores are advised not to take in certain food items that may irritate or worsen the pain of the canker sore. These include food items that are crunchy or spicy. Patients can also get relief from canker sores by using a mixture of warm water, baking soda and salt as a form of oral or mouth rinse.
Burning The Tongue
Hot food or beverages that can cause burns in the tongue and the mouth can also lead to the itchy and tingling sensation as healing of the burns occur. Patients who burned their tongues can take pain relievers and rinse with water that is cool for some relief.