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What to do if I have little bumps at the back of my tongue?

What to do if I have little bumps at the back of my tongue?

Taste buds: Most likely the little bumps on the back of the tongue are called circumvallate papilla and are taste buds. If they are not red and tender, nothing needs to be done. ...Read more

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I have little red bumps on the back of my tongue and they hurt what could it be?

I have little red bumps on the back of my tongue and they hurt what could it be?

Red bumps: I think that you are talking about inflamed circumvallate papillae, the taste buds on the back of the oral tongue. This can happen with a viral infection. See a doctor if it does not get better soon. ...Read more

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I feel like my skin is hot no fever and have little bumps on back of my tongue what's that?

I feel like my skin is hot no fever and have little bumps on back of my tongue what's that?

Could be: Normal sometimes the normal taste bumps appear as bumps. If you have no fever, no nasal congestion or cough or pain, their is no indication of an infection ...Read more

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Im 16 I have a lump inside tongue also a these two little bumps at the back side of my tongue near my teeth. Can that be an abscess. It bled when pick?

Im 16 I have a lump inside tongue also a these two little bumps at the back side of my tongue near my teeth. Can that be an abscess. It bled when pick?

Not abscess: But any lump and any area that bleeds should be examined. Probably nothing to worry about, but call your dentist to have areas examined if, for nothing else, peace of mind. ...Read more

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I have what looks like little brown specs in my phlegm and painless bumps on the back of my tongue any idea what could be the cause?

I have what looks like little brown specs in my phlegm and painless bumps on the back of my tongue any idea what could be the cause?

Some possible causes: Some patients upload a photo for their medical records during a virtual consult. In general brown specs in phlegm can indicate a fungal infection or dried blood. The blood may have a source in the upper airway/mouth. If you have any respiratory distress, please see the ED, Your PCP can take a look at the phlegm also and send it for culture as indicated. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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Small bumps on the back of my tongue and my throat hurts so.Much when i swallow?

Small bumps on the back of my tongue and my throat hurts so.Much when i swallow?

Sore Throat: Usually when people get a sore throat, they start looking and noticing the natural taste buds they have on their tongue. Use a good, non-alcoholic mouthrinse and you should be fine in a few days. However, if the pain gets worse or you feel it more serious, go see a physician to take care of your sore throat. ...Read more

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