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Does Hunter's glossitis affect children differently than adults?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Hunter's glossitis usually affects both children and adults similarly. If your child experiences any symptoms of Hunter's glossitis, you should make sure that they see a doctor right away. Chances are that if a child has Hunter's glossitis, they most likely acquired the condition because of pernicious anemia caused by malnutrition. Be sure to talk to your doctor about the root cause of your child's Hunter's glossitis so that you can determine the appropriate treatment.

Hunter's glossitis, which causes the tongue to swell, can affect both children and adults. It's usually caused by a condition called pernicious anemia. This anemia can develop from malnourishment or an autoimmune disorder that blocks vitamin B12. A lack of B12 causes the tongue to swell and become painful. Unlike common glossitis, Hunter's glossitis is not usually caused by infection, trauma, tobacco, or allergies.

If you suspect that your child may have Hunter's glossitis, contact. your pediatrician.

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