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Lumps in front of tongue, looks like enlarged papillae or fungiform. Not painful. I didn't notice it before. What is it?

Lumps in front of tongue, looks like enlarged papillae or fungiform. Not painful. I didn't notice it before. What  is it?

Tongue mass: I assume you mean underneath the tongue, which is where the salivary glands drain on each side. Occasionally they might swell, but a small papillary swelling is normal. Is it symmetrical, without redness? On a 3 yr. old child perhaps related to some new food exposure. ...Read more

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What could it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae?

What could it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae?

Not much: I look at peoples mouths and tongues all day long and i've seen all types of tongues with all types of papilla. There is a huge variety of what is normal and as long as the tongue is not painful or in other ways bothering you there's nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what can it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae with no other symptoms?

Can you tell me what can it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae with no other symptoms?

You are normal: Be thankful. It sounds normal to me. Have it looked at and evaluated just to be sure or if you have any other questions. ...Read more

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What could it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae and no other symptoms?

What could it mean if you have enlarged tongue papillae and no other symptoms?

Probably nothing: Certain papillae of the tongue are normally larger than others, in particular the circumvallate papillae in the back of the tongue. If there are no taste disorders or other abnormalities its more than likely a normal variant. ...Read more

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Recently I had enlarged circumvallate papillae I've taken antibiotic, did mouthwash and took antibacterial tablets and nothing? I have a weird mouth taste and my mouth is dry most of time what'swrong?

Recently I had enlarged circumvallate papillae I've taken antibiotic, did mouthwash and took antibacterial tablets and nothing? I have a weird mouth taste and my mouth is dry most of time what'swrong?

Self medication: Self medication is counter-productive and may be dangerous. Enlarged papillae doesn't mean that they are infected (so antibiotic's wrong) or inflamed (so mouthwash's wrong). See professionals, both your Dentist and your Physician. What you think are large papillae may be normal, or may have a physical cause. Weird taste and dry mouth may be due to meds, systemic disease, syndrome. See Pros. ...Read more

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I have had recurrent inflamed papillae that move around only tongue the past two months, enlarged circumvallate papillae that do not hurt but I can feel them on the back of my throat and a chronic red throat but again not painful. These inflamed tastebuds

I have had recurrent inflamed papillae that move around only tongue the past two months, enlarged circumvallate papillae that do not hurt but I can feel them on the back of my throat and a chronic red throat but again not painful. These inflamed tastebuds

See your dentist: for further evaluation especially since it had been recurring for over 2 weeks. There is a special oral screening device to determine your condition. Based on the findings , you may need to be referred to as an oral surgeon, an EENT,..depending on the complexity of the case. ...Read more

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How to know that papillae (red bumps) at the back of tongue are enlarged? I noticed them for the first time in my life, dont know if they are OK or no

Probably not: enlarged. The papillae at the back or base of the tongue are known as the circumvallate papillae and tend to be relatively large compared to the other papillae. Most people don't see them because you have to stick your tongue out fairly far to see them. Unless you are having pain, a sore throat, ulceration or other symptoms, I wouldn't worry about them. ...Read more

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