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I think I may have a staph infection in my tongue.
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An_187794 posted:
What type of doctor would I see if I thought I had a staph infection in my tongue? An ENT, Infectious Disease or Dentist? I had an allergic reaction and my tongue swelled for 6 months and my teeth would rest oon my tongue, it is there that it became red and swollen. Now I feel like I have a blister in my mouth and alot of edema in my tongue. I also have a terrible taste in my mouth. I have been tested negative for Strept. Would a throat culture show a staph infection? My Internist is stumped as well as my Dentist. Both of my doctors said you cannot culture a tongue due to normal flora, so what diagnotic test can you perform to determine if you have a staph infection in your tongue?
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD responded:
It is possible to culture the tongue, but it is not very accurate. An ENT can do a tiny biopsy and send it to a pathologist, so this would be a good choice of specialist.

I can't say that I have ever managed a patient with a Staph infection exclusively on the tongue.
 
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An_187795 replied to Rod Moser, PA, PhD's response:
Thank you. I have an appointment with an ENT Wednesday.
Is it possible to have an isolated area of the tongue swell due to an allergic reaction?
 
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Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to An_187795's response:
I guess that anything is possible, but that would be unlikely.