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I have large taste buds on the back of my tongue and they really hurt but why are your taste buds bigger in the back then they are in the front?

I have large taste buds on the back of my tongue and they really hurt but why are your taste buds bigger in the back then they are in the front?

Bigger: There is a row of larger size taste buds along the back of your tongue. Anatomically that's normal. But you shouldn't even know that they are there. The fact that they hurt is worrisome, see your Dentist. ...Read more

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Taste buds back of tongue normally large?

Large taste buds: The taste buds at the back of the tongue on top
are the ones that sense bitter foods/things
but have a dentist look for a better diagnosis. ...Read more

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When cleaning tongue this morning I noticed that my taste buds all the way on the back of my tongue were very large. There pretty much painless.

When cleaning tongue this morning I noticed that my taste buds all the way on the back of my tongue were very large. There pretty much painless.

Normal: There are a set of larger papillae or taste buds on the rear of tongue. They form a v-shaped pattern. They can become irritated or inflamed with discomfort but usually are not a problem. ...Read more

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Far back on my tongue I have this popcorn lookin cluster of tongue colored bumps along with a few what looks like raised large taste buds I think. Help?

Far back on my tongue I have this popcorn lookin cluster of tongue colored bumps along with a few what looks like raised large taste buds I think. Help?

Normal: They are the papillae of the tongue. Likely you are noticing the filiform and vallate (circumvallate) papillae. Involved in taste. Normal -- not to worry. Test them out with some sweet, sour, bitter, and salty options. Good Luck. ...Read more

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Throat itch large taste buds in back of mouth and dry mouth should I be worried?

Throat itch large taste buds in back of mouth and dry mouth should I be worried?

Throatitch: Itching most likely allergy however can be secondary to irritant or inflammatory agent, e.g. alcohol, smoking. Dry mouth can be from same, dehydration, mouth breathing during sleep, medications, salivary gland degeneration/ atrophy, radiation therapy, etc. Keep mental diary re; when these sx occur, see correlation. ...Read more

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The taste buds on the tip of my tongue are always big, and tingly why is this?

The taste buds on the tip of my tongue are always big, and tingly why is this?

Lingual Papillae: Our taste buds are actually much farther back on our tongue. You are describing the "papillae" that are near the tip. Those can become irritated and inflamed if you burn them with hot foods, or consistently rub them against the edges of your front teeth, upper or lower. If you have a fractured edge of a tooth or tip of a cusp, visit your dentist so that surface can be polished. ...Read more

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I have enlarged taste buds on the back of my tongue. They are painless but won't go away. I've had them for a month what could they be from?

I have enlarged taste buds on the back of my tongue. They are painless but won't go away. I've had them for a month what could they be from?

Let it be: It is unlikely that there is any thing abnormal with your taste buds.
For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Drink enough water daily so that your urine is mostly colorless.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I have had irrited taste buds on left side of tongue for almost a year the pain is on and off where the pain can leave for two months and come back?

Examination, go now!: You are a year overdue in seeking evaluation and treatment. Any pain/bleeding/swelling that lasts more than 2 weeks is a red flag. Please see your Dentist or, preferably, an Oral Surgeon, for immediate examination. Do not put this off. ...Read more

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Have bumps on back sides of my tongue, more on the left than on the right. No other symptoms. Could they be taste buds?

Probably normal: Everybody has a row of 7-10 prominent bumps on the back of the tongue, called circumvallate papillae. Google it; lots of photos are available. ...Read more

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Have large bumps on my tongue as well as white patches and parts of my tounge have began to lose some of the taste buds. Could it be?

Bumps on tongue: To make an accurate diagnosis, this needs to be seen visually, and requires additional information.
Call your dentist for an examination. ...Read more

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I have small bumps on my tongue and they get bigger to yhe back. Is that my taste buds swollen?

I have small bumps on my tongue and they get bigger to yhe back. Is that my taste buds swollen?

Circomvalate papilla: There are enlarged taste bud structures toward the back of the tongue, arranged like an arrow head, that are normal and may be what you are seeing. See a dentist for a consult to get a proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I am careless in cleaning tongue. Now few days before I noticed white coating with red small taste buds like bumps back of tongue. Is it normal?

Normal...: Normal tongue anatomy... In regards to the whitish areas... Your tongue can trap plaque on the surface in the hairlike projections of the papilla... Especially during colds... Advise the use of a tongue scraper to remove plaque and the associated excess bacteria... ...Read more

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I have somewhat swollen taste buds on the middle & back of my tongue feels like I burnt it. Is this what a burn feels like or could it be something else?

I have somewhat swollen taste buds on the middle & back of my tongue feels like I burnt it. Is this what a burn feels like or could it be something else?

Possibly: If you recently ate something very hot this could be the result. Most of the time people burn the roofs of their mouth when eating or drinking something hot but the tongue happens often also. If it is a burn you should be ok and the symptom should resolve within a few days. ...Read more

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My taste buds on the back of my tongue have been swollen for a couple months. Some bumps on the side. I wake up with a film on my tongue. Am I ok?

My taste buds on the back of my tongue have been swollen for a couple months. Some bumps on the side. I wake up with a film on my tongue. Am I ok?

Swollen taste buds?: Have this examined by your dentist or an oral surgeon. It may be something other than swollen taste buds. It may be an infection. It may require a biopsy. ...Read more

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I have enlarged taste buds on the back of my tongue, they are painful, it almost feels like dry, cracked skin. My tongue has odd white patches, why?

I have enlarged taste buds on the back of my tongue, they are painful, it almost feels like dry, cracked skin. My tongue has odd white patches, why?

See a dentist: Wait a few days and see if your condition improves. Maybe you burned your tongue. If your tongue does not feel better or look better in a few days see a dentist. ...Read more

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Taste buds on the back of my tongue are swollen. Do I have oral herpes?

Taste buds on the back of my tongue are swollen. Do I have oral herpes?

Taste buds, normal?: I can't tell you whether or not you have oral herpes over the internet, but if that is your only symptom or complaint, I would not draw that conclusion. There are large taste buds at the back of your tongue and in fact they may be normal anatomy. Your own dentist can examine you for any dental issues or concerns and your own physician can evaluate any medical issues or concerns. ...Read more

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My taste buds are a little raised at the back of my mouth and my whole tongue is sensitive, should I be concerned?

See a dentist if...: There are many things that can make your tongue sensitive or cause enlarged tongue bumps, including: smoking, mouth ulcers, inflammation of the taste buds, viral infection, just to name a few. Regardless, if the problem doesn't clear up within 2-3 weeks see your primary care physician or dentist for investigation. ...Read more

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Taste buds on back of tongue are red, prominent, swollen, but painless. They form a v-shape, but look different than normal. Should I see doctor?

Taste buds on back of tongue are red, prominent, swollen, but painless. They form a v-shape, but look different than normal. Should I see doctor?

Inflamed tissue: These are your circumvallate papilla (taste buds) and they are inflamed. Warm salt water rinses and time will heal. ...Read more

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Why have I been getting a good amount of swollen taste buds on the tip of my tongue that turn into ulcers then go away, but come back. Is this serious?

Why have I been getting a good amount of swollen taste buds on the tip of my tongue that turn into ulcers then go away, but come back. Is this serious?

Check your diet: Many people get swollen or inflamed taste buds and they can be quite painful. They usually break open or ulcerate and then heal. Often certain foods can be triggers for these. Keep a diary of what you are eating and when you get the taste buds then you should be able to eliminate the culprit. For me it tends to be when I eat a large amount of vitamin C containing foods. ...Read more

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I have red/white bumps on the back of my tongue with some white coating. Also yellow coating in middle of tongue with few bleeding taste buds.

If tender, see doc.: If your tongue is sore, or feels "burnt", this could be a yeast infection called thrush. See a doctor to be sure ...Read more

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I have had painless white stuff on back of tongue and swollen taste buds for a few months. I think it is thrush. Will gentian violet cure this?

I have had painless white stuff on back of tongue and swollen taste buds for a few months. I think it is thrush. Will gentian violet cure this?

See a doctor: You also asked about gential violet for vaginal yeast infection. See my reply to that question. Oral thrush is uncommon in otherwise healthy persons. "Painless white stuff" usually isn't yeast (thrush), just a garden variety "coated tongue", which can occur with colds and any number of minor health issues. Don't use GV, which isn't recommended for oral treatment. See a doctor for both problems. ...Read more

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I accidentally used detol has mouth wash. The taste buds in my tongue are not working. I also have a metal type battery taste. Will it come back?

I accidentally used detol has mouth wash. The taste buds in my tongue are not working. I also have a metal type battery taste. Will it come back?

Detol?: Not sure of product. Is it detoll, the soap? Things can damage the taste buds though usually temporary. Having a metallic taste like a battery is possible. You can generate a galvanic reaction in your mouth due to your saliva and metals like from metal fillings and crowns. If doesn't pass in few day see your dentist. ...Read more

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Back of tongue has a sore, enlarged taste buds & white coating. Tried tongue scraper but didn't get rid of coating, only made tongue bleed. Pls help!

Back of tongue has a sore, enlarged taste buds & white coating. Tried tongue scraper but didn't get rid of coating, only made tongue bleed. Pls help!

Tongue lesion: A bleeding ulcer of tongue should be evaluated by an ENT doctor especially if it is more than 2 weeks. An office punch biopsy is warranted to r/o cancer. ...Read more

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Red bumps on back of tongue and small area of white coating around them on taste buds. Been there for 2 weeks and no pain. Use asthma inhaler.?

Red bumps on back of tongue and small area of white coating around them on taste buds. Been there for 2 weeks and no pain. Use asthma inhaler.?

What inhaler?: Is it a steroid inhaler? If yes, so make sure you rinse your mouth and throat after using it, yes at times you may have fungal infection from steroid particles deposits on the back of the throat / tongue, if that stays, see your doctor for assessment, good luck ...Read more

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White colored tongue with small taste buds like red bumps. If I brushed then tongue is red. If I had tea then color is yellow. Back also small red bumps?

White colored tongue with small taste buds like red bumps. If I brushed then tongue is red. If I had tea then color is yellow. Back also small red bumps?

White tongue common: The tongue is known to have many variations with pigmenting, size, appearance, ; not always due to disease. Causes of a tongue that looks white include: lichen planus (responds to steroids), white sponge nevus (familial, benign, permanent), smoker's leukoplakia (2% risk of cancer, needs biopsy), hairy leukoplakia (due to epsteinbarr virus), warts (due to papillomavirus), "thrush" (rx antifungals). ...Read more

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What could it be? White tongue (little hairs 1mm long), I brush them but come back, halitosis, irritated taste buds tip, chronic pharyngitis 4 months.

What could it be? White tongue (little hairs 1mm long), I brush them but come back, halitosis, irritated taste buds tip, chronic pharyngitis 4 months.

Could be: Could be a Thrush, reaction to antibiotics, allergic, systemic, bacterial infection, etc. Please see your Dentist and your PCP. ...Read more