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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

Dr. David Schleimer
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Mouth Sores (Definition)

A canker sore is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are benign (not cancer). Canker sores can run in families. They may also be linked to problems with the body's immune (defense) system. The sores may occur after a mouth injury due to dental work, aggressive tooth cleaning, or biting the tongue or cheek. Canker sores can be triggered by emotional stress, dietary deficiencies (especially iron, folic acid, or vitamin B-12), menstrual periods, hormonal changes, food allergies, and similar situations. They occur most commonly with viral infections. In some cases, the cause can not be identified. Treatment is usually not necessary. In most cases, the canker sores ...Read more


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Small bump on tongue with red dot in the middle, what is it?

Small bump on tongue with red dot in the middle, what is it?

Bump on tongue: Difficult to say without an examination and history.
If it is painful and/or has been present for 10 days or longer, have it examined by your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a single small red/white bump on soft palate for a couple days and its gone. In HIV mouth sores, would there only be one or would it be more?

I had a single small red/white bump on soft palate for a couple days and its gone. In HIV mouth sores, would there only be one or would it be more?

More than one likely: There are more than one type or mouth sores usually related to hiv. Most have more to do with being immunosupressed- like candidiasis (ulcers caused by yeast infections), cold and herpetic ulcers as well as leukoplakia ("hairy tounge"). The onset of a single small lesion that has healed is not an indicator that you have contracted hiv. If you are still fearful, the best remedy is testing. ...Read more

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Have a pea size bump on tongue. A bit brown and hurts. Should I be concerned and yes I am a smoker?

Have a pea size bump on tongue. A bit brown and hurts. Should I be concerned and yes I am a smoker?

Lesion on tongue: It could be an inflamed taste bud. Anything that is inflamed will turn brown due to the smoking itself. I would have an ENT check it to make sure it is nothing. Do not worry, it does not seem that big by your description. If you need larger removal, worst case scenario, it may not affect your speech and swallowing. The sooner your check it the sooner you will not worry about it. Feel better! ...Read more

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I'm concerned because I have swollen and sore taste bud or bump on tongue?

I'm concerned because I have swollen and sore taste bud or bump on tongue?

You should be: If swelling is transitory, watch for return. If it has been there for a while, it would be prudent to see a dentist for a diagnosis. ...Read more

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Please help there's bump on tongue after oral / white bumps on testicles?

Please help there's bump on tongue after oral / white bumps on testicles?

Need more info...: -- is needed for deducing adequate answer to the concerns. However, something can be done correctly for good care/counseling by following instructions/suggestions in articles listed in http://www. Formefirst. Com/onDealSickness. Html. Besides, a direct look is an essential part of diagnosing what they may be. Best wish to your health... ...Read more

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4 year old daughter has had bad cough and runny nose for 9 days. Now she has white bump on tongue and says it hurts. Related?

4 year old daughter has had bad cough and runny nose for 9 days. Now she has white bump on tongue and says it hurts. Related?

Likely: She has had a lengthy illness and her body may be having trouble fighting it. It may be an ulcer on her tongue related to this illness or a new illness, particularly if she is in a child are environment. Have her checked by your doctor. All the best. ...Read more

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Bump on tongue since 3 months. What's it? And treatment options please?  Color is same as the tongue and a bit white on the tip. It's painless.

See doctor: Seems you have had this lesion for a while. Has it changed in size or shape at all. Need to give a good history. Do you smoke? Best to see your doctor. You may need a biopsy ...Read more

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Cold for three weeks, nasal chest congestion, dry cough nowc followed by mouth sores on top pallet. Red bumps with large white sores?

Cold for three weeks, nasal chest congestion, dry cough nowc followed by mouth sores on top pallet. Red bumps with large white sores?

Sinus infection?: The mouth sores on your palate sounds viral, but if you have been sick for 3 weeks you might have a bacterial infection requiring antibiotics. See a doctor, rest and drink plenty of fluids. ...Read more

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I have mouth sores, bumps on back of my throat, a feeling something is stuck on the bottom of my right tonsil but I can't see it, and mild headache?

I have mouth sores, bumps on back of my throat, a feeling something is stuck on the bottom of my right tonsil but I can't see it, and mild headache?

See ENT/ neurologist: An ENT can evaluate the mouth sores and the back of the throat bumps and the sensation in the right tonsil. Arguably there is some toxin, pathogen or allergen present. A neurologist can check out the HA. Typically, some toxin, pathogen or allergen is present in one or more of the cranial joints, TM joints, occiput, or frontal sinus at the sphenoid junction. ...Read more

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I have painful mouth sores on my tongue and inside cheeks. Sometimes have a small white/yellow bubble and are always red. Low iron and b12.

I have painful mouth sores on my tongue and inside cheeks. Sometimes have a small white/yellow bubble and are always red. Low iron and b12.

Probably not main ca: The probable cause is probably viral. They could be caused by stress and therefore b 12 may help. See your dentist if there over 5 days. They may resolve on there own and stay away from acidic juices and foods. ...Read more

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Small line of painful bumps on underside of tongue. Why?

Needs evaluation: Bumps can be normal anatomy, allergic or die to abnormal growths. See an oral surgeon for proper diagnosis and management. ...Read more

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I have a painful small bump under my tongue. Its very paining on touch. Can you help?

I have a painful small bump under my tongue. Its very paining on touch. Can you help?

No, but...: If you see a dentist, he\she can determine the cause of your symptoms and advise you what treatment, if any, is needed. It could be one of many things and cannot be diagnosed over the internet without at least a one on one clinical examination. ...Read more

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The back left side of my tongue really hurts, it has 5 small bumps on it and is EXTREMELY painful, should be concerned about this?

The back left side of my tongue really hurts, it has 5 small bumps on it and is EXTREMELY painful, should be concerned about this?

See MD: If you have extremely painful lesions on your tongue it would be wise to have them checked. May be viral or even canker sores but have them checked. ...Read more

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I have a small clear bump under my tongue it is slightly painful and irritating Not all the time but sometimes. Its the 2nd one ive ever had.

I have a small clear bump under my tongue it is slightly painful and irritating Not all the time but sometimes. Its the 2nd one ive ever had.

Get it looked at...: ...to be sure but what you describe sounds like a mucocele which is usually a painless small movable swelling caused by an interrupted duct in a minor salivary gland. They sometimes resolve on their own and sometimes require treatment. We can't diagnose via the internet so be sure to get it looked at by a dentist or primary care provider. ...Read more

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I have a small round little bump under my tongue that formed a week ago and it still hasn't gone away. It is not painful but I can feel it still.

Another week: I would give it another week if it is not growing. If it is till there in 2 weeks, I would suggest seeing a dentist to determine what it is and get appropriate treatment. ...Read more

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I have a small white bump under my tongue and it's weird shaped and is slightly painful when I move my tongue. What could it be?

I have a small white bump under my tongue and it's weird shaped and is slightly painful when I move my tongue. What could it be?

Blocked gland!!!: There are salivary glands under the tongue and if blocked can present as a bump which may be painful. There are other causes as well and a thorough evaluation by a physician is necessary, a referral to oral surgeon may be needed to asses it further. ...Read more

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I have some what of a painfuls sore on right side on back of tongue. It looks like a bunch of small bumps. What could this be?

See a dentist: It could be your taste buds. They are on the top and very back of your tongue, and also on the side of the tongue. They could be irritated from something you ate. See your dentist for evaluation. ...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?

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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I have mono and my tongue has these small painful bumps here and there and a yellowish white coating on it. What does this mean??

I have mono and my tongue has these small painful bumps here and there and a yellowish white coating on it. What does this mean??

Part of illness: Getting a coated tongue can be part of sore throat associated with mono or strep throat. They are a result of papillae prominence on the tongue. It should get better over time. Good oral hygiene helps during this time. They should be seen if ulcers/ sores are seen. ...Read more

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I have developed a small painful red bump on the side of my tongue near the back I don't drink or smoke any ideas what this could be?

I have developed a small painful red bump on the side of my tongue near the back I don't drink or smoke any ideas what this could be?

See your dentist: There are multiple factors that can cause a painful red bump on the side of your tongue (e.g. chronic trauma). It is important for your dentist to determine the cause of the sore tongue. The majority of tongue problems are not serious and can be resolved quickly. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have a small bump on the right side of my tongue near the lingual tonsil that I noticed yesterday, It is not painful but I am very worried.?

I have a small bump on the right side of my tongue near the lingual tonsil that I noticed yesterday, It is not painful but I am very worried.?

Needs to be checked: Any bump on the tongue needs to be checked. At your age of 21 it is unlikely to be anything serious. We do not have enough information to tell you what it might be. Need a history like if you smoke or chew tobacco. Any other co existing medical condition etc, it may be due to a viral infection, allergy, canker sore. A tumor. If it persist get it checked by your doctor for proper diagnosis ...Read more

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Small blackhead/ splinter- like dot on tip of tongue on the center of raised bump. Very painful, has tried excessive brushing.

Check teeth: Check your front teeth for any chips or sharp edges. Most often this is a traumatic fibroma from habitual scraping of the tongue across the sharp edges of the front teeth or nibbling the tip with the front teeth. If none of these, see your Dentist for evaluation and treatment. Good Luck. ...Read more

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I developed a very small red bump on the tip of my tongue that is painful / sore. I burned my tongue earlier today, could it be related?

Yes: When you burn your tongue with hot temperature food, it will leave an irritated area sometimes in a red shade that would be sore temporarily. ...Read more

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A painful bump appeared under my tongue today. It's translucent like a blister with a small amount of blood in it. I don't smoke, do wear invisalign

Gland: There are many glands under your tongue and sometimes they get blocked and is called a mucocele. This can cause a painful swollen area. Usually they will heal within a week so so. However if it does not heal, gets bigger and more painful then you should see your dentist or an oral surgeon. ...Read more

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I am prone to this cold sores and even have one now about three days ago I noticed a small bump on the left side of my tongue it is not painful I was just wondering if it could be a cold sore spread into my tongue or my health anxiety makes me think it's

I am prone to this cold sores and even have one now about three days ago I noticed a small bump on the left side of my tongue it is not painful I was just wondering if it could be a cold sore spread into my tongue or my health anxiety makes me think it's

Not a cold sore: Cold sores occur on the outside of the mouth/borders of lips, not in the mouth and are caused by the herpes virus. Canker sores, which are not caused by the herpes virus occur in the mouth, and are typically painful. This could just be an enlarged tongue papilla, which is common and not a problem. Have your doctor check it to be sure. ...Read more

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