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A 30-year-old female asked:

I have small bumps on the back of my tongue and are not painful. i am getting through a cold. could this be related? maybe an allergic reaction?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Could be: It can be related to a cold, or it may be the normal large bumps that can occur and you just noticed. There can be some other causes so you may want to see your doctor.
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Dr. Harold Peltan
Ophthalmology 29 years experience
Provided original answer
By normal, large bumps, I was referring to the taste buds that specialize in bitter tastes. They are often alarming to the patient who sees them for the first time.
Aug 29, 2013
Dr. Joy Poskozim
Specializes in Dentistry
White? red? : Could be inflamed taste buds from an allergic reaction. If not gone by time cold is gone, or they grow bigger, see a dentist to make sure not something more serious.
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Dr. Doanh Nguyen, md, faaaai
Allergy and Immunology 15 years experience
Not related: Those small, non tender bumps on the back of your tongue and getting through a cold are not related. An allergic reaction is often referred to skin rashes or hive-like rashes that may or may not associate with tongue swelling, throat closing, nausea or vomiting. Typical example is food allergies like peanut allergy. Allergies is often referred to allergic rhino sinusitis which can mimic a cold.
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Last updated Jun 9, 2018

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