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The left part of the front of my tongue is red and swollen.

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The left part of the front of my tongue is red and swollen. In the last couple of weeks it has felt like there is a popcorn hull on the side of my tongue and sometimes on the top. Where my tongue is red on the tip it also burns. I worry about cancer on my tongue. My dentist doesn't think it is but is concerned about the swelling. I was on a course of antibiotics for a week but it is still sore. He said that he felt a small lump but thought my salivary gland was swollen and caused this. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr Basu replied 1 year ago.

Hi there,
This is Dr Basu, experienced Internal Medicine Specialist.
I am here to address your concerns and provide great service.

Although the risk of cancer is very low, nobody can rule out without a biopsy.

Given the persistent sore lump, it is better to go for a biopsy after consulting with an oral surgeon.

In most cases, this is a viral infection and tends to improve gradually over time.
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