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Glossitis

Inflammation of the tongue, usually as a secondary condition. Thus vitamin deficiency, dietary insufficiency, anaemia and irritation, caused for example by chemical substances, can reduce local resistance and lead to glossitis. Glossitis can be accompanied by inflammation of the mucous membrane in the mouth. Characteristic features of glossitis are a red, smooth tongue caused by a partial disappearance of the tongue papillae (atrophy of the tongue). Specifically, the drinking of sour liquids can be very painful. The cause is determined by the history of the disorder, possibly supplemented by a laboratory examination such as a bacterial culture. Treatment consists of combating the actual cause, that is the primary condition.

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