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white bumps on my tonsils and tongue

A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Kamel Sadek
24 years experience in Family Medicine
Needs to be seen: Have it checked by your family doctor and see if you need an antibiotic. Meanwhile, have plenty of rest and fluids, take some advil (ibuprofen) which ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Stephen Rothstein
38 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Tonsil: If you have a fever and pain it may be a viral illness with mild dehydration, but it could also be bacterial. You should get a culture if there is fev ... Read More
A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. Yash Khanna
56 years experience in Family Medicine
Needs to be checked: Any bump on the tongue needs to be checked. At your age of 21 it is unlikely to be anything serious .We do not have enough information to tell you wha ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Munshower
29 years experience in Family Medicine
Get exam: If you are concerned for a possible sti/std, it is important to get an evaluation and possible testing by a dr. To determine what the bump is and if y ... Read More
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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 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 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
Lot's of bumps, huh?: My you have a lot of bumps. However, this may all be normal. They are most likely taste buds on your tongue and minor salivary glands in your lip. I ... Read More
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A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience in Pediatrics
Doctor can check: New throat pain can be from a strep throat infection (antibiotics are needed), a cold or influenza (antibiotics usually not used), or from some other ... Read More
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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 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Brian Dyess
37 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
NORMAL: The description you give sounds like normal larger taste buds(papilla) covered by food debris or plaque removed by your more aggressive cleaning. The ... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. Philip Miller
46 years experience in Family Medicine
Must be seen: Cannot be diagnosed online without a photo.
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A 57-year-old female asked:
Dr. Brian Hoffman
13 years experience in Dentistry
Have an Exam: I would love to be able to diagnose with that much information. Alas, it is impossible. A thorough examination and history is absolutely necessary. ... 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 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Justin Brown
12 years experience in Internal Medicine
Pharyngitis: It sounds like you have an infection of the pharynx. You should be tested for strep throat, which requires antibiotics for treatment. A good physica ... Read More
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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 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
Red sore spots: Have it examined by your own dentist. It could be quite a number of things- viral, from smoking, irritation, or a host of other possibilities. We can& ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience in Dentistry
Maybe normal?: It may be normal or something else. If it does not go away in 2 weeks see a dentist for an evaluation.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gary Sandler
53 years experience in Dentistry
What to do?: If I were you, I would see your physician for an evaluation. We can't diagnose or treat you over the internet. He/she may also refer you to your ... Read More
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
50 years experience in Dentistry
red bumps: Can't be sure without an examination. Where on the tongue are they located? Are they painful? How long have they been there? If they're on the back o ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
35 years experience in Pain Management
See a dentist: Petechiae formation on the soft palate is chiefly linked with pharyngitis by a streptococcal infection, allergic reaction or orogenital sexual activit ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Van der Werff
38 years experience in Dentistry
Hard to tell: Without seeing you it is hard to tell what is going on. I would suggest seeing a dentist with experience in diagnosing oral pathology..
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 male asked:
Dr. James Lin
Dr. James Lin answered
50 years experience in Urology
Here are some...: The specifics, relevance, & sequence of events of all symptoms are not enough to deduce right answer. Of course, a physical exam is essential and ... Read More

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