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A 53-year-old male asked:

my tongue is white and have red bumps on the back of my tongue?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
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 actually being able to see your tongue, you should have your own dentist take a look just to be sure. There are certain conditions that need treatment or attention so do not assume that everything is normal unless actually seen by a dentist.
Dr. Matthew Giulianelli
Dentistry 16 years experience
Anatomy normal: The top of people's tongues can be different colors. White coatings can come from something that you ate, or a product that you are using. The red bumps on the back of your tongue may the normal appearance of taste buds called cirumvallate papilla. If you have any concerns at all, i would recommend seeing a dentist for an evaluation as white and red colorings may indicate things out of the norm.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

What cause red bumps in back of the tongue and white coating on top of the tongue?

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Dr. Michael Tomeo
Dermatology 38 years experience
Oral Thrush : Could be an infection with yeast (candida).
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A 51-year-old female asked:

Red bumps on side of tongue.. Have on both sides but slighy worse on the right.. They are at the back side of the tongue.. Is this serious?

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Dr. Gary Sandler
Dentistry 54 years experience
Probably normal: But the only way to know for sure is to have your own dentist take a look. They are most likely taste buds. As we can't actually see what you see, it's impossible to tell you.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What caused these big red bumps on the back of my tongue?

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Dr. Alexander Gorup
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 29 years experience
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 42-year-old member asked:

Curious as to why are there red bumps at the back of my tongue?

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Dr. Husam Bezreh
Specializes in Periodontics
Mostly normal: These are your taste buds, and everyone has them. The only reason for concern is if they change size, shape, or color.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Can any doc explain why are there red bumps at the back of my tongue?

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Dr. Bernstein Joel
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 60 years experience
Taste buds: Near the base of the tongue are large circumvallate papillae which are taste buds. If there is no pain, these are normal structures.

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