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I think I may have a staph infection in my tongue.
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?
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.
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?
Rod Moser, PA, PhD replied to An_187795's response:
I guess that anything is possible, but that would be unlikely.