Why is my tongue bleeding?

I am getting blood from the mouth

Sometimes. I found that it is from below and sides of the tongue and not from the throat or teeth.

How to stop a bleeding tongue at home:


  • First, you should firmly press a cloth to the area to help control the bleeding
  • If there is pain and swelling, wrap the cloth around some ice
  • If it’s a deep cut and you need to stop your tongue from bleeding, try rinsing (not drinking) your mouth with 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water
  • For pain relief after meals, you can try rinsing your mouth with warm salt water
  • Contact your doctor if you experience swelling and redness, fever, or pus, says the Government of Alberta, as they could be signs of an infection that may require antibiotics



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Bleeding from the tongue is not a good sign if that is the exact location of bleeding as per your description.

If the bleeding is actually from the gums it can be corrected by cleaning of the teeth. You should visit a dentist as soon as possible so that the exact cause of this bleeding can be identified and the right treatment can be instituted accordingly.

Alternatively you can post clinical pictures of the affected areas on Practo for an online consultation with a specialist.


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