A sore or painful tongue is usually caused by something obvious and visible, although there are a few less obvious causes you should be aware of that may need treating.

See your GP or dentist if you have persistent pain and you haven't accidentally bitten or burnt your tongue.

There may be an underlying problem that needs treating, and your GP or dentist may be able to advise you about pain relief.

This page outlines some of the most common causes of tongue pain, as well asa number of less common causes.

It covers:

Tongue pain or soreness

Oral thrush

Aphthous mouth ulcers

Less common causes

You shouldn't use the information on this page to diagnose yourself with a condition always leave that to a healthcare professional.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 5 Oct 2016