This is a condition that has gone undiagnosed by a number of primary care physicians. The cracks in my tongue are deep and chronic, and often prevent ingestion of certain foods that irritate the condition. I have no idea when it began or what might have initiated it.... all of a sudden, it simply was there! Help, please.
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It is difficult to comment without examining. The tongue could be cracked due to various reasons. It could be due to iron deficiency anemia, pernicious anemia and other B-vitamin deficiencies, aphthous ulcers, oral lichen planus, erythema multiform, pemphigus vulgaris, syphilis, yeast infection; exposure to irritants such as hot foods, or spices, tobacco, alcohol; allergy to toothpaste, mouthwash, breath fresheners, dyes in candy, dentures, food items, coloring agents, or blood pressure medications like ACE inhibitors. It could also be a mechanical irritation by a jagged tooth edge or a denture. Gastric reflux could also be a cause.
Please discuss this with your doctor. Maybe you should also have a dental checkup. Go over the list, something may strike you. If you have IBS or other gut problems or a poor diet then any deficiency could be the problem. You can take a multivitamin pill but it would be good to know the exact cause before starting any treatment. Take care!
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