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What does it mean when you have bumps on the back of your tounge and swollen tonsils the bumps seem to be symmetrical and i have a white bump on my tonsil

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Dr. Michael Wolfe
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 23 years experience
Are : Are there any other symptoms? Sore throat, ear pain, fevers, lumps in the neck? How old are you? Any history of smoking? Can you swallow ok? I see several patients in clinic with otherwise asymptomatic bumps on the back of the tongue. Often these are the "circumvallate papillae." normal tongue anatomy. Search for images on the web and see if they are the same. If there are other symptoms, yoiu may want to see your doctor. Same with the white bump on the tonsil. Many people get tonsilloliths or "tonsil stones." they may cause some discomfort or irritation but rarely a full blown sore throat. They may taste bad and smell bad when they work themselves out. They are debris that collects in the pits or crypts of the tonsils. They can be very small or quite big. They usually come and go. Gargling can help. Others will use a waterpik set on low and rinse them out. Again, if symptoms are worse and persistent, go see your doctor.
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
Dentistry 32 years experience
Papillae/taste buds : The 'bumps'' on the back of your tongue are circumvalate papillae-type of taste bud. Tonsils can be unusually large naturally or due to swelling from infection. White bumps on the tonsils are generally sialoliths, or tonsil stones. They usually pass without notice, but can frequently create inflammation, mild pain and serious bad breath. Set your dentist for help.
Dr. Hirsch Ziegler
Dentistry 47 years experience
Normal: The symmetrical bumps in the back of your tongue are probably normal taste buds. The white bump on your tonsil is probably debris caught in the crevice of your tonsil or infection.

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