Abnormality of the tongue that results from an acute or chronic inflammation of the tongue.

Causes may be local or systemic: B complex deficiency, megaloblastic anaemia, pellagra, scarlet fever, syphilis, gonorrhoea and tuberculosis.

It causes the tongue to swell and change colour.Papillae are lost, causing the tongue to appear smooth.

The goal of treatment is to reduce inflammation.Corticosteroids such as prednisone may be given to reduce the inflammation of glossitis.

Good oral hygiene and avoid irritants (such as hot or spicy foods, alcohol and tobacco) to minimize the discomfort.

Antibiotics, antifungal medications or other antimicrobials may be prescribed if the cause of glossitis is an infection.

MCQs

1.Glossitis is referred to as inflammation of ?

A.Tongue only

B.Tongue & oral mucosa

C.Tongue & palate

D.None of the above

2.Medications used for treatment of Glossitis is ?

A.Antibiotics

B.Corticosteroids

C.Antifungals

D.All of the above

1.A 2.D

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