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Doctor insights on: Big Bumps On Back Of Tongue And Sore Throat

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Mouth (Definition)

Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more


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I have had a cold complete with sore throat. I have big bumps on the back of my tongue with white stuff on my tongue. Is this normal for a cold?

I have had a cold complete with sore throat. I have big bumps on the back of my tongue with white stuff on my tongue. Is this normal for a cold?

It can be: The big bumps on the back of your tongue are probably your taste buds. It's not uncommon for the tongue to become coated with a cold, because your immune system is under attack and this gives the bacteria on the tongue a free pass to multiply and grow. You can just brush the surface of your tongue every day and that will help eliminate the coating. ...Read more

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2 weeks ago I was given a Zpack to treat bronchitis, now I have had a sore throat for three days along with big bumps on the back of my tongue,normal?

2 weeks ago I was given a Zpack to treat bronchitis, now I have had a sore throat for three days along with big bumps on the back of my tongue,normal?

Possibly related: One of the causes of bumps on the tongue and sore throat would be oral thrush or a yeast/fungal infection. This is more likely after antibiotic use when the bacterial flora in the mouth/body is altered. It might also represent an unusual form of drug allergy, or just be normal. I would probably ask my doctor to have a look at them. Good luck! ...Read more

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Yellow tongue. Bumps on back of tongue. Sore throat. Right ear hurts. What could be wrong? I'm scared.

Yellow tongue. Bumps on back of tongue. Sore throat. Right ear hurts. What could be wrong? I'm scared.

See Doc: You could have strep throat, or another bacterial or viral illness. You do not want to miss a diagnosis of strep because treatment is essential to prevent complications. Take some tylenol (acetaminophen) or ibuprofen (with food and only if no nausea, vomiting or diarrhea) tonight and see your doc or to to an UC center to get checked. Hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I have bumps on the back of my tongue that r causing a sore throat?

I have bumps on the back of my tongue that r causing a sore throat?

Anatomy of tongue: Those bumps were almost certainly always there- you just probably never looked that closely before. The anatomy of the tongue is rather complex after all. If you are having a sore throat - it's more likely the back part of your throat that is irritated (posterior pharynx). Look for redness or pus spots - if you have that with a fever, you'll need to see a doc to make sure you don't have Strep. TC ...Read more

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I have white tongue, sore throat and bumps on the back of the tongue. What should I do?

I have white tongue, sore throat and bumps on the back of the tongue. What should I do?

Several issues: The white tongue could be from a coating that can be removed with better oral hygiene and a tongue scraper....Or lichen planus, thrush or something else. The bumps may be the normal papillae of the tongue. A sore throat is not normal. I suggest that you consult with an oral surgeon or your physician for a personal evaluation to see exactly what is going on and treatment if indicated. ...Read more

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I have bumps on the back of my tongue. And a sore throat and my teeth are tingling to?

I have bumps on the  back of my tongue.  And a sore throat and my teeth  are tingling to?

Viral vs bacterial: Difficult to say what may be occurring without examining you, checking your vital signs and if needed, a throat culture. These findings may be due to a viral syndrome or a bacterial infection. ...Read more

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Felt ill. Chills and bad sore throat. Maybe a cold? Same today. Noticed small discoloration on tongue on side (no black) and bump near back. CANCER?

NO….: BUMPS are:Taste buds most likely. Cold and Sore throat: URI, gargle with salt and warm water, try "Advil cold and sinus" medicine for symptomatic relief and Ginger tea/Steam Inhalation for other home remedies. If not better in 24 hours call us on HT prime or contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I have enlarged bumps on the very back of my tongue directly beneath my uvula. Sore throat, cough, bloody mucus when coughing.

I have enlarged bumps on the very back of my tongue directly beneath my uvula. Sore throat, cough, bloody mucus when coughing.

Circumvallate papill: The large bumps are your circumvallate papilla and are normal taste buds. They are arranged in an upside down v configuration. The sore throat and the cough with bloody mucous can be either a virus or bacterial infection. If you have associated yellowish drainage with a fever I would be inclined to give you an antibiotic. You would need to call you Pmd or go to an urgent care to get the meds ...Read more

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I have a cough slight sore throat on swolling but either side of my tongue at the very back has purple looking marks or bumps jayne?

I have a cough slight sore throat on swolling but either side of my tongue at the very back has purple looking marks or bumps jayne?

Could be normal: You have large bumps on the very back of your tongue called circumvallate papilla they are used in taste. Patients who look at their tongue in the mirror sometimes see them and get worried. They are totally normal. If you are still concerned, please see a physician and let them look at it. ...Read more

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Could a large solid bump at the base of my tongue be a tumor? It is far back, almost into my throat and touch my uvula. I have a sore throat too and my tongue is a little sore. I have noticed it before but it seemed to have gone away.

Need Consultation: Too many variables present to just wait. Get and appointment with and oral surgeon for an evaluation (possible biopsy) of this bump. This may be a nuisance or it could be very serious. However the serious side is significant to warrant to know what it is now ! ...Read more

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I have irregular sized bumps (5 or 6) on the back of my tongue, that are pinkish & 1 is as long as about an inch, 1 is very small. I also have a sore throat & allergies. Should i be concerned(cancer)?

I have irregular sized bumps (5 or 6) on the back of my tongue, that are pinkish & 1 is as long as about an inch, 1 is very small. I also have a sore throat & allergies. Should i be concerned(cancer)?

Probably not: Bumps on the back of your tongue are common. These papillae grow to different sizes. They can be affected by allergies or irritated causing to enlarge. They may not be associated with your sore throat. Cancer in mouth can be found on the tongue but more common on sides of tongue. Tell your dentist your concern. The doctor can examine site and render a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pale green tongue towards back of throat no whites spots or bumps no trouble swallowing or any thing what could it be no sore throat?

Pale green tongue towards back of throat no whites spots or bumps no trouble swallowing or any thing what could it be no sore throat?

Just a thought: but SINUSES drain into the nose/throat in that area and PNEUMOCOCCAL infection in sinuses produces a greenish/yellow PUS. Hope it helps....just guessing! Dr Z ...Read more

Pharynx (Definition)

It is the connection between the mouth and the throat. The 3 parts are the oropharynx, nasopharynx, and hypo-pharynx. The pharynx leads into the ...Read more


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Viral Pharyngitis (Definition)

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