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Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Dental and Oral Health (Adults)
Red-Purplish Bump on Left Side of Tongue
I have a dark red/purple bump (looks like a blood clot)on the left side of my tongue that I believe happened after accidentally biting or pinching that side of my tongue while eating. It seems to be getting a little bigger each day, maybe due to the fact that while sleeping that part of my tongue is supressed against my teeth. It seems to be taking a long time to heal. Today it is really bothersome to talk. Should I be concerned? Is there anything that I can do to help assist the healing process?
You can rub any over-the-counter oral ointment (Orabase, etc.) on it several times a day to lubricate it. If it does not resolve (heal) in two weeks, see your local dentist.
David Lee Hall, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University