The condition of tingling tongue can also be regarded as paresthesia of the tongue. The tingling is somewhat felt as a sensation that would occur with pins and needles. And this feeling, may not remain localized to the tongue only, and may affect the rest of the mouth, lips, and jaw.
What Causes Tongue to Tingle?
- A condition is known as the Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is by far the most common condition that occurs in most cases of tongue tingling and burning. When the tingling is accompanied with a burning sensation and the mouth going dry, with a metallic taste in it, then it is most likely that you have contracted BMS. Besides other symptoms, it gives rise to a chronic pain in the mouth, that may not only affect the tongue, but the gums, lips, inside the cheeks, and almost the entire area of the mouth, as well. The treatment aims at reducing and relieving the symptoms, as its causes cannot be determined.
- Most people undergo dental procedures like dental surgery and others. Although not always, but in some, such procedures accidentally cause damage to the branch of nerves in the tongue, and this may eventually lead to tingling tongue tip or numbness.
- If you live in a tick-troubled area, and your tongue tingles after eating or at other times, then you better rush to the doctor at the earliest. Deer ticks are parasites that feed on the blood of animals and humans. They also harbor the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which causes an infection known as Lyme disease. Apart from all other complications that this infection causes, one involves facial palsy. This condition refers to a neurological condition that causes swelling and inflammation of the nerves that stay in control of the facial muscles on one side of the face. This is also referred to as a temporary facial paralysis, which has tingling and numbness as one of their basic symptoms.
- Frequent episodes of tingling tongue, must be taken seriously because it may signal an impending stroke - a life-threatening condition that needs immediate medical help. A stroke refers to a condition wherein a part of the brain stops receiving blood from its associated artery due to some kind of blockage (mostly a blood clot). So within minutes, the brain cells being to die due to the lack of oxygen and food thus, putting the life of the patient in jeopardy. One of the classic warning signs of this condition is the person not being able to form his speech properly. In other words, his speech starts becoming slurry when he is having a stroke.
- People with type 2 diabetes stay in a high risk zone of nerve damage. The excess sugar in the bloodstream tends to damage the tiny blood vessels that nourish the nerves thus, causing a nerve damage. Now this kind of damage may occur anywhere in the body, and there is no harm in presuming that your feeling of tingling tongue after eating, could also be a complication of diabetes.
Besides these common causes, there are some more which have been determined by doctors. These may include:
- Vitamins and mineral deficiency
- Multiple sclerosis
- Fungal infection
- Acid reflux disease
- Allergy (food allergy in particular)
- Low blood calcium
- Thyroid problems
To repeat, if the feeling of tongue tingling is occurring every time you eat or at any time of the day, then you may not need enough reasons to pay a visit to the doctor. And if you have this sensation once in a blue moon, then don't be concerned, as it could be just the food that is causing it.