The term glossitis is an inflammation
of the tongue. It is painful, red, and swollen. In some cases, it appears unusually smooth, a side-effect
of the destruction of the buds, the sensory components of taste
. The tongue can be prone to inflammation due to an infection, such as scarlet fever
, or dental in origin, or allergic; in the context of isolated glossitis, it is called acute glossitis. But there is also chronic glossitis that can be caused by certain types of deficiencies
such as syphilis
, among other things. Treatment of glossitis is treatment of the cause of the inflammation.