about 6 months ago i noticed someting happening/forming on my tongue, it originally felt like a mild burn and looked like several mishapen spots, mostly circular, that had slightly white edging making the paipllae clearly visable, and reddened looking, i thought maybe i burned my tongue. I have tried using oragel, baking soda, toothpaste, and other herbal remedies for relief but nothing has healed this permanently, meaning it keeps coming back. I had been taking a prescription mediation when this first formed that resulted in severe dry mouth so i stopped taking the medication, still now months later my tongue is still in bad shape.
I do not have health insurance and like most people money is tight, still i am starting to become very scared, could this be cancer, or indication of something very serious. I have only had sex with three people, each has been tested for HIV- negative, and i have always tested negative for HIV, last test was almost two years ago and I have not had sex is almost 2 years now.
I used to smoke, for one year, but that was three years ago, although i have occassioanly had a cigarette, probably 10 in the last 3 years. I do drink alcohol, occassionally, although for the past 2 months i have gone out drinking, 3 drinks, 1 night per week despite this situation with my tongue.
i took 2 photos of it today which i can post if it might help with a diagnosis.
My 17 year old daughter is suffering with pain and itching and sores on her tongue. I have a picture I would love to post. She has been seen by a dentist, orthodontist, pediatrician, and family Doctor, nothing has helped. She has been tested for herpes and it was negative. She has had reaccuring symptoms for approximately 3 years and they are becoming more severe and more frequent. Her tongue gets red and it looks like inflamed taste buds, they burn and itch horribly, then white lessions form. Her current symptoms have now lasted 5 months. Should I take her to a ear/nose/throat dr. or an allergest? Any ideas? What could this be?
She has been trying Dexamethasom oral rinse, no sugar diet, lysin, salt water rinses, oral gel,