A 29-year-old female asked:
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?
4 doctor answers
Dr. Victor Bonuel answered
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
Dr. Scott Bobbitt answered
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
Dr. Bac Nguyen answered
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
Dr. Gary Sandler answered
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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