We get the sense of taste, like sweet, bitter, salty, sour, savory, etc., with the help of taste buds present on the tongue. They contain taste receptors, which send signals to the brain after coming in contact with saliva (that carries dissolved food). This is how we know the taste of foods and drinks. With they are inflamed or swollen, you cannot perceive the actual taste of foods. Listed below are common reasons for causing inflammation.
- Consuming very hot foods that burns the upper lining of tongue.
- Accidental biting of tongue while chewing food.
- Having very salty or spicy food items that cause irritation to the tongue.
- Consuming too much of acidic food items on a regular basis.
- Tongue ulcer that develops as soreness with white covering.
- Yeast infection in the mouth can affect the tongue as well, causing inflammation.
- As a referred symptom of mineral and vitamin deficiency.
In addition to loss of taste or abnormal taste, other symptoms that accompany this condition are pain, swelling, and general discomfort. Since there is no taste in food, it indirectly cause change in appetite and nutrient imbalance. On the brighter side, effectual remedy helps in speeding up the healing process. The following are some home remedies, which have shown impressive results in curing this condition.
- For a burning sensation, apply ice for giving instant relief. Ice also reduces swelling and discomfort sign, experienced due to tongue inflammation.
- If the tongue condition is caused due to oral thrush, the best cure method is gargling with dilute form of tea tree oil. The antifungal property of this essential oil kills the causal fungus.
- A simple yet effective remedy is applying baking soda gently over the tongue. Repeat it twice daily. Baking soda soothes pain symptoms and gradually treats inflammation.
- For infection related inflammation, consuming non-fatty yogurt will help in counteracting microbial growth. However, make sure that you eat only plain yogurt without sugar for the purpose.
- Needless to mention, a good oral hygiene is expected during the course of inflammation. Failure to do so may aggravate the condition with infection. So, brush and floss regularly to maintain good oral health.
- The best remedy is gargling with salt water. Take warm water (bearable temperature range) in glass and dissolve some salt in it. Gargle 2-3 times daily.
- As the swollen condition starts healing, rub honey or glycerin on your tongue 2-3 times a day for quick recovery. Do not apply much pressure, or else you will irritate the inflammation. Also, avoid touching or grinding the area with your teeth.
- Last but not the least, refrain from unhealthy habits, like smoking and excessive alcohol consumption in order for the condition to heal within a short time. These agents exacerbate the tongue sores and slow down the healing process.
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