What is tingling tongue?

Tingling tongue is an unusual sensation on the tongue that can be described as a “pins-and-needles” (prickling) sensation or a burning feeling. Tingling is often associated with numbness, or a decrease in the ability to feel or sense pressure, taste or texture.

Tingling tongue can be associated with a wide variety of conditions, including prolonged pressure on a nerve, infection, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, multiple sclerosis (disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing weakness, coordination and balance difficulties, and other problems), and stroke, among many others.

Tingling of the tongue can feel mild and result from something as simple as poor dental hygiene and bacterial overgrowth. Tingling can also be a symptom of more serious permanent nerve damage or underlying disease. Therefore, it is important to identify the cause of any unexplained or unusual tingling.

Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you experience serious symptoms, such as the sudden onset of tingling tongue along with unexplained tingling, weakness or numbness on just one side of your body; sudden severe headache; sudden loss of vision or vision changes; changes in speech, such as garbled or slurred speech; or the onset of tingling following a head, neck or back injury.

If your tingling tongue is persistent, unexplained, or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.

SYMPTOMS

What other symptoms might occur with tingling tongue?

Tingling tongue may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.

Common symptoms that may occur along with tingling tongue

Tingling tongue may accompany other symptoms including:

CAUSES

What causes tingling tongue?

Tingling tongue can be caused by a wide variety of conditions. Common causes include stroke, head injury, reduced blood flow, vitamin or mineral deficiencies, and neurologic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis (disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, causing weakness, coordination and balance difficulties, and other problems).

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 11, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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