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after having mono, my tongue has ridges around the edges, almost

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after having mono, my tongue has ridges around the edges, almost like a scalloped look and is sensitive and sometimes stings....I have had others say they had the same experience. my doctor said it was a viral infection of the throat that has also caused the tongue issue...thoughts?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 5 years ago.

Hello. I would like to help you find an answer.


Yes, I believe its either the mono virus itself or another virus causing this or another viral infection.


Viruses often cause this.


I would recommend you take ibuprofen and tylenol for pain. It should pass with time.


Customer: replied 5 years ago.

So, the mono virus could cause the tongue to react like that? I never knew or have heard of viruses making the tongue look weird or inflamed, etc. How long does it take? I has been nearly three weeks now...the doctor said it would take some time....just wondering what "take some time" looks like? Is it normal for it to last this long?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 5 years ago.

Yes, it can cause this.


It should get better soon. I would say 4-6 weeks maximum


If it lasts much longer than that other causes need to be investigated like thyroid problems, B12 deficiency or other B vitamin deficiencies.


Customer: replied 5 years ago.

Would seeing an ENT specialist be a good idea just as a second check or would there be another type of doctor for a second opinion?

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 5 years ago.

Yes, that would be a good idea. Make an appointment tomorrow and if it doesn't resolve in a week then get it looked at.



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