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large raised bumps on back of tongue

A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Thaler
41 years experience Prosthodontics
Normal: They are the papillae of the tongue. Likely you are noticing the filiform and vallate (circumvallate) papillae. Involved in taste. Normal -- not to wo ... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Theodore Davantzis
40 years experience Dentistry
Circumvallate: Papillae, most likely. They are probably inflamed due to your dry mouth. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lingual_papilla
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Dr. Stephen Rothstein
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Mouth: Could be viral or simply not drinking enough water. Those bumps sound like your circumvallate papillae or tase buds which can enlarge if you are dry
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Hunter Handsfield
53 years experience Infectious Disease
Prob not oral HPV: The tongue normally has various bumps, papillae, etc. "Large flat red ones on the back" likely are normal circumvallate papillae, present in everyone. ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Wyttenbach
37 years experience Anti-Aging Medicine
Likely a : yeast infection can treat with Diflucan (fluconazole). If you have a documented Positive HIV....then this is a symptom of suppressed immune.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Probably not: They are most likely taste buds (circumvallate papillae). See your dentist to be sure.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Killian
28 years experience General Practice
Bumps on Tongue: This is fully normal. These are two of your taste buds. Taste buds are of varying size and it is often a surprise when we have not noticed them befor ... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Wolfe
23 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
There : There are bumps at the back of the tongue that are likely normal anatomy. Try googling an image for "circumvallate papillae". You could also have a ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
40 years experience Dentistry
Might be normal: You really need to be seen for a useful answer to this question. If the bumps are arranged in a 'v; shape on the far back of the top surface of your t ... Read More
A male asked:
Dr. Dan Fisher
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Taste buds.: Vallate papillae - those are your taste buds. They get very large in the back of your tongue.

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