Glossitis - Definition

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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 or diseases such as syphilis, among other things. Treatment of glossitis is treatment of the cause of the inflammation.