Tongue Swelling: Allergies or Illness

tongueThe tongue is typically about 10 centimeters long when measured from the back of the throat to the very tip. Most people know that it is a muscular organ responsible for chewing, swallowing, licking, tasting, breathing and articulating words. However, did you know that the color and swelling of the tongue can indicate a medical problem?

Angioedema (swelling in the deeper layers of skin and tissue) of the tongue can occur for a number of reasons:

If you suspect that the swelling is caused by allergies, our expert staff at CT Sinus Center can help you find relief. At your first appointment, we’ll talk to you about your symptoms and medical history. Next, through our patient-centered philosophy and up-to-date diagnostic tools, we will figure out if your reaction is caused by food allergies, insect stings, medication or something else entirely. Then, once we establish the cause, we’ll develop a treatment plan that is the perfect fit for your lifestyle.

So watch your mouth — especially your tongue — and if you notice swelling, call 860-BALLOON to schedule an appointment at one of CT Sinus Center’s four conveniently-located offices. (If it is an emergency, such as anaphylactic shock or trouble breathing, call 911 immediately.)

Read more blogs on sinus– and allergy-related conditions on the CT Sinus Center website.

Top 4 Signs of Sinusitis

For the last couple of weeks, you’ve been feeling congested and have had some swelling just above your cheeks. You keep telling yourself it’s just a cold, and if you give it a few more days, it’ll pass. But a few days later, you’re completely fatigued and feel like someone is pounding on your eyes from the outside in. Deep in your heart, you know you are suffering from sinusitis.

Sinusitis is a common condition wherein the area around your nasal passages, the sinuses, become swollen. Acute sinusitis is a temporary infection that is most often associated with a cold. Usually, in an acute case,  over-the-counter remedies, fluids and rest are all you need to feel better after a couple of days. On the other hand, chronic sinusitis persists much longer — at least eight weeks — and requires help from a doctor.

In order to be diagnosed with chronic sinusitis, you must have at least two of the following symptoms:

  • Drainage of a thick, yellow or greenish discharge from the nose or down the back of the throat
  • Nasal obstruction or congestion, causing difficulty breathing through your nose
  • Pain, tenderness and swelling around your eyes, cheeks, nose or forehead
  • Reduced sense of smell and taste

In addition, you may also be experiencing:

  • Ear pain
  • Sore throat
  • Cough
  • Aching in the jaw and teeth
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea

If we have just described how you’ve been feeling,  it’s time to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable physicians at CT Sinus Center. Depending on your individual symptoms and medical history, your doctor may use a variety of diagnostic methods to determine the underlying cause of your discomfort.

In many cases, your doctor will recommend saline irrigation, nasal sprays to prevent inflammation, decongestant or corticosteroids to relieve inflammation. If you have a bacterial infection, you will likely be prescribed antibiotics.

If these treatments don’t do the trick, or your symptoms keep coming back, CT Sinus Center can help you find the permanent relief that has been eluding you. Schedule a consultation with one of our specialists to see if you are eligible for Balloon Sinus Dilation, a procedure designed to reshape your nasal passages, thereby increasing airflow and drainage and decreasing the chance of mucus buildup and further sinus problems. This non-evasive procedure is done under local anesthesia and takes just under an hour. It is available only at CT Sinus Center.

For more information on how we can help you get permanent relief from sinusitis, schedule an appointment today!