Do you think you might have a blood blister on your tongue? If you do, you are probably wondering what caused it, and what home remedies you can use to help address the issue. In this article, we will discuss blood blister on tongue symptoms, causes, and home remedies.
Symptoms of Blood Blister on Tongue
A blood blister (a blister filled with blood rather than pus) on the tongue has the appearance of a red bump. This bump will often be tiny, but can be larger on occasion. Blood blisters can cause discomfort in chewing and swallowing food. Blood blisters can form on any part of the tongue (on the sides, back, tip, and even underneath the tongue).
Causes of Blood Blister on Tongue
Blood blisters on the tongue develop when there is blood vessel damage but the skin is not necessarily broken. Blood fills the bump that you see.
Angina bullosa hemorrhagic
Blood blisters can be linked to a condition called angina bullosa hemorrhagic. People who have this condition generally develop blood blisters on different areas of the oral mucosa. Angina bullosa hemorrhagic primarily affects people who are middle-aged or elderly, and is rarer in the young. While this condition in itself is generally considered benign, make sure to see a doctor for diagnosis.
If you have bitten your tongue or injured your tongue in another way, you might develop a blood blister. Other possible causes of blood blisters include the use of specific medications, burning caused by hot beverages or food, dental procedures, and vitamin deficiencies (such as deficiencies in vitamin C and B12). Make sure to consult with your doctor if you feel that medications you are taking or vitamin deficiencies could be causing your blood blisters.
You should be aware that your blood blister could be caused by a more serious condition, such as oral cancer or mucous membrane pemphigoid, or be caused by herpes. Make sure to see a doctor for examination and diagnosis. You should be aware that like other types of cancer, oral cancer can be fatal and needs immediate medical treatment. Allergies can also be linked to blood blisters on the tongue. Make sure that you are not eating foods to which you are allergic.
Pregnancy can cause the development of blood blisters on the tongue for some women. This appears to be caused by certain hormonal changes that cause tongue soreness. Women who develop blood blisters on the tongue during pregnancy often also experience problems in chewing and swallowing food, skin rash, and fever. It is crucial that you visit your doctor so that he or she can evaluate your symptoms and ensure that there is nothing more serious wrong.
Blood blisters on your tongue might be linked to a fungal or bacterial infection. Make sure to visit a doctor to ensure that this is not the case. One type of fungal infection that may cause blood blisters on the tongue is candidiasis (or oral thrush). Candida lives in our bodies naturally, but when it overgrows candidiasis occurs and uncomfortable, distressing problems often develop. Symptoms of candidiasis in the mouth tend to include white patches on the tongue and/or inside of mouth. You are more likely to develop candidiasis (oral thrush) if your immune system is compromised in some way, if you have diabetes, if you have recently taken a course of antibiotics, or if you are elderly. Oral thrush can occur in infants. Wearing dentures can make you prone to developing oral thrush. If you think you might have oral thrush, take a probiotic supplement and make sure to see your doctor. You can often find the strongest and most effective probiotics in health food stores, but you can find probiotics in drugstores, as well. Ensure that you read the directions regarding dosages on the jar labeling
Some people also develop blood blisters on tongue piercings. If your tongue piercing is recent, this might be completely normal. If the blister does not heal, make sure to rinse your tongue and mouth with salty water several times daily, and visit a doctor for examination.
Do you have asthma? If you do, and you use an inhaler to deal with the condition, this medication could be linked to your blood blisters. One reason for this is the fact that asthma inhalers tend to promote the growth of thrush (candida) in the mouth. Make sure to consult with your doctor for advice on what to do regarding your blood blisters.
Home Remedies for Blood Blister on Tongue
It is important to be examined by a doctor, to ensure that your symptoms are not caused by a condition that requires treatment (including deadly diseases such as cancer). While it is much more common for smokers and/or heavy drinkers to develop oral cancer, it is possible for anyone to develop this deadly condition. You should be especially concerned if your symptoms have lasted for three weeks, and if you are experiencing soreness and/or pain.
Aloe vera has wonderful soothing and healing properties, and is antibacterial. If you have an aloe vera plant, squeeze the gel from one of its leaves, and apply a tiny amount of this gel to the blister on your tongue. Allow it to stay on for at least 15 minutes, and then use tepid water to remove it. You should do this several times a day, until the blood blister has disappeared.
Turmeric and honey
Turmeric is both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial. Mix one half a tablespoon of honey and one half a teaspoon of turmeric, making a paste. Apply this paste to the affected area and leave it on for at least three minutes. Rinse it off with warm water. You should do this four times daily, until the blood blister has disappeared.
Turmeric powder and rosewater
Stir tiny amounts of rosewater into turmeric powder to make a paste. Apply this to the affected area four times daily, leaving it on for at least three minutes each time. Rinse it away with warm water. You should continue using this remedy until the blood blister has disappeared.
Baking soda has anti-inflammatory properties. Mix one teaspoon of baking soda with a cup of warm water. Use this as a mouthwash, swishing it around for at least a few minutes. You should also make a baking soda paste, using one teaspoon of baking soda and a little bit of water. Leave this paste on the affected area for a few minutes and then rinse. You should do both of these things four times daily, until the blood blister has disappeared.
Hold ice on the affected spot to numb the area and relieve soreness. It can also be helpful to simply sip iced water whenever needed.
Salt has amazing anti-bacterial properties. Mix one teaspoon of salt with warm water, and swish this solution in your mouth for 30 seconds. After this, you should place a little salt on the affected area and leave it on for one minute. You should do this five times per day, until the problem is resolved.
Make sure to choose a 3% (three percent) hydrogen peroxide solution. Mix this with warm water (equal parts warm water and hydrogen peroxide), and use a clean cotton swab to apply the liquid to the affected area of your tongue. Leave this on for at least two minutes, being careful not to swallow anything, and then rinse it off with warm water. You should do this three times a day, until the problem has disappeared.
Chew basil leaves two times a day. This will help to reduce the inflammation of the affected area, and promote healing. You should chew basil leaves every day until the blood blister has disappeared.
Never squeeze the blisters
Never succumb to the temptation of squeezing the blisters. Doing so can cause further problems and even infection, including serious bacterial infections.
Avoid acidic foods and drinks
Avoid acidic foods and drinks (such as citrus fruits and fruit juices), as they will inflame and irritate the blood blisters. This irritation will make it more difficult for the blood blister to become less inflamed and heal properly. Make sure to avoid these foods and drinks until the blood blisters have disappeared.
Honey and coconut water
Mix honey and coconut water, and use this solution as a mouthwash. The coconut water will help to soothe and cool the area, and the honey will promote healing. You should use this mouthwash a few times a day, until the blood blister has disappeared.
Turmeric and glycerin
Mix turmeric powder and glycerin and apply this mixture to the affected area. Make sure to leave this on for at least five to ten minutes each time. You should do this several times daily, until the blood blisters have disappeared.
Eating garlic, and allowing the garlic to sit on the blister before you swallow it, can be very helpful in treating blood blisters on the tongue. Garlic has amazing antibacterial qualities. If you can find it, you can use garlic oil instead. Simply apply the oil to the affected area a few times a day, until the blood blisters have disappeared.
It is believed that drinking tomato juice helps to prevent blood blisters from forming.
Apply peppermint oil to the affected area. This will help to calm and soothe the inflammation of the blister. You should use peppermint oil two or three times a day, until the blood blisters have disappeared. If using essential oils, you may need to dilute the oil with a carrier oil first.
Boil coriander seeds in water. Once you have strained the seeds from the water, and the water has cooled, use this as a mouthwash and gargle. You should use this three times a day, until the blood blisters have disappeared.
It is thought that chewing cardamom grains is helpful in reducing inflammation and promoting the healing of blisters. You should chew cardamom grains daily until the blood blister has disappeared.
Make sure to use an antibacterial mouthwash at least two or three times each day. You will be able to find a good antibacterial mouthwash at any drugstore.
Apply honey (preferably raw and organic) to the affected area several times a day, until the blood blisters have disappeared. If you wish, you can use honey wax instead of honey. Manuka honey has the most beneficial benefits than any other honey.
Apply a tiny amount of witch hazel to the affected area daily, until the blood blisters have disappeared. This will help to reduce inflammation, fight bacteria, and promote healing.
Sandalwood powder and rosewater
Make a paste by mixing sandalwood powder and rose water. Apply tiny amounts of this to the blood blister a few times a day, leaving it on for a short amount of time and then rinsing with water. This remedy will help to cool and soothe the area, and promote healing. You should continue using this daily until the blood blisters have disappeared.
Take a probiotic capsule supplement in order to ensure that your body has the good bacteria needed to fight off bad bacteria and fungus. Probiotics are especially helpful if you think you might be dealing with oral thrush (as discussed earlier in the article). Continue taking your probiotics even after the problem has resolved, to help prevent its re-occurrence.
Take oregano oil daily in order to help fight bad bacteria and fungus (such as overgrown candida) that might be in your system. Strong oregano oil can be found at most health food stores. Ensure that you carefully read the dosage instructions printed on the bottle.
Increase your intake of iron, B12, and folic acid
Make sure that your diet includes a healthy amount of iron, B12, and folic acid. Consult with your doctor to find out what amount of each of these nutrients is needed in your diet. This remedy will be helpful if your blood blisters are linked to a deficiency of one or more of these nutrients. You should continue being conscientious with your diet even after your current blood blisters have disappeared, in order to help prevent more from developing in the future.
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