Causes of a Sore Tongue and Throat
A sore throat is marked by pain, irritation, and scratchiness, which can be more noticeable when you swallow. If you experience swelling on the tongue and discomfort when eating or drinking certain foods (hot, spicy, and acidic foods and beverages), you may have a sore tongue. Some of the common reasons for a sore tongue and sore throat are:
Mouth ulcers, also known as aphthous ulcers or canker sores, are small, painful sores that develop inside the mouth. Areas that can be affected include the tongue, inner cheeks, gums, and tonsil area. Mouth ulcers are white, yellowish, or grey in color and have a red border. If you experience a burning or tingling sensation on your tongue and throat, look inside your mouth to determine if there are any sores. The good news is that these will heal with minimal to no treatment. But if they persist or do not recover within 7-14 days, you should consult with your dentist or doctor.
Oral thrush, also known as candidiasis, is a condition that affects the tongue and throat too. The candida organism normally lives in the mouth, throat, and the rest of the digestive tract. An overgrowth of this organism can result in an infection. Symptoms include creamy white lesions on the tongue, inner cheeks that can spread to the palate, gums, and tonsils. You may also notice redness, a burning sensation, and soreness in the mouth and throat area that make eating and swallowing uncomfortable.
Burning Mouth Syndrome
Do you experience a sudden and recurrent burning sensation on your tongue? This may be a condition called burning mouth syndrome. It affects the tongue and other parts of the mouth like gums, lips, inner cheeks, throat, and the mouth's roof. The discomfort from this condition can be so severe that it feels like you've scalded your mouth.