A 29-year-old female asked:
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my 11 year old son has a few bumps on the back of his tongue and its painful. he doesn't have fever or cough or sorethroat? what should i do?

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Dr. Victor Bonuel
38 years experience Internal Medicine
Try over the counter: Orabase or orajel cream . If it worsens , let him see his pediatrician. God bless you!
Answered on Mar 23, 2013
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Dr. Scott Bobbitt
32 years experience Dentistry
Respectfully disagree. Numbing agents in mouth are more likely to aggravate conditions by increasing the chance of trauma and delay healing
Mar 23, 2013
Dr. Scott Bobbitt
32 years experience Dentistry
Tonsils or papillae : Bumps on the side are lingual tonsils--they will flare up in response to a challenge to the immune system (bacteria, virus or fungal infection) despite the lack of other symptoms. Multiple bumps on top are circumvalate papillae (taste buds) and not a likely source of pain. Singular bumps could be a cyst. Best to have your dentist check it out.
Answered on Sep 19, 2015
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Dr. Bac Nguyen
23 years experience Family Medicine
Not likely related: The normal tongue has many little bumps and they are larger toward the back of the tongue (special tastebuds)--see picture. The sorethroat he has likely is not related to these bumps. It could be just a viral pharyngitis (viral throat infection may not be red/swollen) and not needing treatment beyond symptom control with motrin/sorethroat spray etc...If symptoms worsen, consult doc. Good luck.
Answered on Mar 17, 2015
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Dr. Gary Sandler
54 years experience Dentistry
Needs to be seen: It could be any number of things. For a definitive answer have a dentist take a look at it, although it may be medical in origin and require a visit to the physician.
Answered on Feb 22, 2016

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