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Tongue issue

i have a bright red burning rash on either side of my tongue. Ive had this for about 4 weeks following a pretty bad throat and head cold. Should i go to the doctor? When i put orajel on the red spots i feel it in my ears.
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351246 tn?1379685732
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Hi
Welcome to the MedHelp forum!
It is difficult to comment without examining. The tongue could be red and appear to have a rash 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.
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.
Hope this helps. Take care!
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