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red and white bumps on back of tongue

A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience in Pediatrics
Serious=no: It could mean thrush, which is a minor yeast infection or just milk solids retained on the rough tongue skin. If it is there & irritating it can b ... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jalal Zuberi
44 years experience in Pediatrics
Normal finding: Bumps on the back or inside of tongue are normal findings. Unless you are having some symptoms, like swelling or tingling etc. I would not worry too m ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Thomas Yash
45 years experience in Dentistry
Inflamation: It is not uncommon to have red bumps on the back of tongue. However redness and bumps on the tongue and throat means inflammation. It could be from ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
Probably not: They are most likely taste buds (circumvallate papillae). See your dentist to be sure.
A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. Devin Cunning
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Infection: Sounds viral but may be bacterial. If you use tobacco, a palatal biopsy may be in order. Salt water gargles and topical anesthetic will help. A thr ... Read More
A 60-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
May be normal, but..: Normal tongues may have a slight whitish top layer and red bumps on the back of the tongue from different types of papillae. However, without actuall ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Joel Doyon
35 years experience in Cosmetic Dentistry
Normal but see doc: It's probably just some lymph tissue and it is normal. If you have further concerns, i recommend you see your doctor for evaluation.
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A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bernstein Joel
59 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Rule out fungus: The white patches could represent a fungal infection. If you have been on antibiotics, fungus infection may occur. The fact that the white patches a ... Read More
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Wyttenbach
36 years experience in 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 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Tomeo
37 years experience in Dermatology
Oral Thrush : Could be an infection with yeast (candida).
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A 48-year-old female asked:
Dr. Darrell Herrington
33 years experience in Family Medicine
See your doctor: The direct visualization of this will likely provide the diagnosis. Most common is bacterial or viral infection.
A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. David Martin
27 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Pharyngitis: The red spots make me think it is viral. The white spots on the tonsils could be small tonsil stones, but it could be strep too. With no pain, i dou ... Read More
A 46-year-old member asked:
Dr. John DeWolf
39 years experience in Dentistry
Examination: To play it safe, get it looked at. A white coating on the tongue is fairly common and the bumps you see may be the normal presence of large taste buds ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Warren
8 years experience in Family Medicine
Inflammation: the taste buds at the back of the tongue can increase in size due to inflammation, irritations, or chemical reaction. Brushing your teeth and tongue ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
No: They are most likely your taste buds (circumvallate papillae in this case).
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
Needs to be seen: These types of situations require a personal visual examination and evaluation. Merely giving you a list of possibilities serves no real purpose. If y ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
Seasonal flu: Seasonal flu is very common viral infection with symptoms you have described. Usually the condition resolves on its own with home care. Drink water an ... Read More
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Dr. David Jakubowicz
21 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Thrush?: If you scrape it and there is reddish undersurface it could be thrush.
A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin answered
29 years experience in Geriatrics
Sore throat or not?: If sore throat, go see your Family Doc to discuss testing for Strep. If not, this may be normal for you. If you engage in unprotected oral sex, then y ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Thaler
40 years experience in Prosthodontics
Taste buds: Likely what you are noticing are your taste buds and possibly some lymph gland tissue (tonsil ) which is normally there. Often they will look like suc ... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. Victor Bonuel
37 years experience in Internal Medicine
Get tested for: Yeast infection, HIV and other std. Best wishes! http://www.Healthline.Com/health-slideshow/std-pictures.
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alexander Gorup
28 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Unsure: You might be seeing the circumvallate papillae.These are part of the taste buds of the tongue. If in doubt, see an ENT or oral surgeon to assess.
A 47-year-old female asked:
Dr. Natalie Sieb
13 years experience in Family Medicine
Hard to tell: It would be very difficult to tell for sure what those spots are without seeing them, particularly in person. It could possibly be eczema, an allergic ... Read More
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