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Treatment plans for a swollen tongue are individualized based on the underlying cause, the presence of coexisting diseases, the age and medical history of the patient, and other factors. Treatment generally involves a multifaceted plan that addresses the cause, decreases the risk of developing serious complications, such as airway obstruction, and helps a person to chew and swallow normally.
When a swollen tongue is caused by a viral infection, such as herpes simplex, treatment may include antiviral medications. When a swollen tongue is caused by a bacterial infection, antibiotics are prescribed. When a swollen tongue is caused by a fungal infection, anti-fungal medications are used.
Treatment of anaphylactic reaction includes immediate administration of the medication epinephrine, supplemental oxygen administration, and possibly the insertion of a breathing tube into the throat to keep the airway open. This procedure is called intubation. Assisting or completely replacing breathing with mechanical ventilation may also be required in advanced cases. Corticosteroids, antihistamines and bronchodilators are medications that may also be used.
Review the treatment information pages for various causes of Swollen tongue:
More causes: not all possible causes for Swollen tongue are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Swollen tongue.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
The following list of conditions have 'Swollen tongue' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.
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The following list of medical conditions have 'Swollen tongue'
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