A tongue that is red, swollen, and bumpy typically indicates a vitamin deficiency (folic acid and B-12). To address this deficiency, make sure to have more leafy greens and citrus fruits, which are rich in folic acid. While B-12 can be found in meat and dairy, those who avoid or can’t have animal products should consider taking an oral supplement.
A red tongue can also be tied to strep throat or scarlet fever, in which case a visit to the doctor for an antibiotic prescription is in order!
Having a swollen red tongue might even indicate a case of Kawasaki disease, a condition marked by inflamed blood vessels throughout the body. Often affecting children younger than 5, other symptoms include fever, swollen hands/feet, bloodshot eyes, and rashes. While Kawasaki disease requires hospitalization, most children recover without serious issues if the illness is addressed and treated swiftly.
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