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I've got small, painful white bumps on my tongue. What should I do?

I've got small, painful white bumps on my tongue. What should I do?

See your doctor: Your physician can diagnose the problem and give you the proper treatment. ...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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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use pain medication as directed
Daily
Avoid fast movements
Once
See your doctor if your neck pain hasn't improved in 1 week
Weekly
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Sometimes, i get slightly painful and white tastebud-looking bumps on my tongue and the side of tongue. They go away after a day or 2. I don't have hiv. Is it normal?

Sometimes, i get slightly painful and white tastebud-looking bumps on my tongue and the side of tongue. They go away after a day or 2. I don't have hiv. Is it normal?

Perhaps but..: Without actually seeing in person what you are referring to, we can't give you an accurate answer and would only be venturing an educated guess. Have your dentist take a look when it's present or at its worst. ...Read more

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I have 3 red bumps on back of tongue and white ulcers at the tip and sides started 1 weeks ago itchy and painful when eating/smoking. What isit? Cure?

I have 3 red bumps on back of tongue and white ulcers at the tip and sides started 1 weeks ago itchy and painful when eating/smoking. What isit? Cure?

Apthous ulcers: Or stomatitis, which are essentially "cold sores" in your oral cavity/tongue, causing ulcerations and inflammation. They can be painful or when smoke aggravates them. Often caused by the herpes simplex 1 virus. Very common in many people. Some antivirals can help, but they will often go away in time. Some anesthetic medications can also provide relief from the pain. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Stretch and exercise
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Use NSAIDs and pain medications for relief
Daily
Get an X-ray/MRI in 4 weeks if not better
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See a spine specialist if not better after 6 weeks
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My 11 year old son has a few bumps on the back of his tongue and its painful. He doesn't have fever or cough or sorethroat? What should I do?

My 11 year old son has a few bumps on the back of his tongue and its painful. He doesn't have fever or cough or sorethroat? What should I do?

Not likely related: The normal tongue has many little bumps and they are larger toward the back of the tongue (special tastebuds)--see picture. The sorethroat he has likely is not related to these bumps. It could be just a viral pharyngitis (viral throat infection may not be red/swollen) and not needing treatment beyond symptom control with motrin/sorethroat spray etc...If symptoms worsen, consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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I get those painful little bumps on my tongue sometimes, which i call lie bumps. What can be causing them?

I get those painful little bumps on my tongue sometimes, which i call lie bumps. What can be causing them?

Inflamed taste buds?: Some bumps on one's tongue are normal (they are taste buds). However, they should not be painful. I would suggest that you see your own dentist when you have them for a definitive diagnosis, as we cannot see them, but your own dentist can. If they occur only when you lie and your dentist cannot explain it, then perhaps? ...Read more

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Managing Neck Pain (Checklist)

Use a good lumbar support for proper sitting posture
Once
Always focus on your posture
Daily
Try deep tissue massage
60 Min, Every other week, forever
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I have swollen taste buds on the back of my tongue. Also chronic sinus issues, but bumps are new. They're not painful, normal tongue color. Allergies?

I have swollen taste buds on the back of my tongue. Also chronic sinus issues, but bumps are new. They're not painful, normal tongue color. Allergies?

Unrelated: Not itching and thus unlikely to be from allergies. If they don't go away after 2 weeks or get worse , see your doctor since they do not appear to pose any immediate danger. ...Read more

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