Bumps Under Tongue

Bumps under the tongue refers to small red or white sores that develop underneath the tongue. They can cause extreme pain, sensitivity, itching, irritation or burning sensation. The reason they arise may vary from vitamin deficiencies, to anemia or reaction to hot foods, irritation from dentures, etc.

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Can the tentacle-like tissue under the side of my tongue be a globus?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a tentacle-like tissue under the side of my tongue, and I have attached a picture of it. I have been dealing with a lot of stress for the last few weeks, as I searched online about it and felt it might be globus. The image is not the best, but hopefully, you can ease my mind and te...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. The picture (attachment removed to protect the patient’s identity) you have sent is not clear enough to tell what it is. I would suggest you focus on the area of concern. In addition, I would also know if there are associated symptoms that y...  Read Full »

Can red bumps at the back of tongue be due to herpes?

Query: Hello doctor, I have red bumps at the back area of my tongue. Could this be oral herpes? I received unprotected blowjob a week back. As such, is it possible to get oral herpes although I was the one receiving the blowjob and did not engage in any kissing with my sexual partner?  Read Full »


Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I just read your query and from what you have mentioned it does not seem to be herpes infection on the back of your tongue. Those red bumps are they painful? Do you have swallowing difficulties? If not then those are your taste buds, they are present in every one. Wo...  Read Full »

Hard bump in throat and my mouth looks white.

Query: Hello doctor, I have a bump in the throat. It is hard and not painful, and my mouth looks white, I looked on the internet and scared of mouth cancer. Please Help. Other symptoms I had was pain in throat for couple days, but that gone away quickly with gargling. I also have reflux (I am going to the...  Read Full »


Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The posterior pharyngeal wall has some enlarged and congested nodules (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Could be due to chronic pharyngitis. Continue the reflux medicine and when any pain is there take decongestant and Claritin (Loratadine). For more in...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for the growth present at the base of the tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a fleshy mobile growth at the side of my tongue near the base, exactly where the throat meets the tongue. I found it accidentally. As it is painless, I am unaware of it. I have tried to visualize it, but I cannot view it due to its position. It does not bleed, and it is smoot...  Read Full »


Dr. Mohammed Osama Aboborda

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern.According to its site, it can be a normal anatomical variation. I recommend following up the next month. A biopsy is recommended in case of an increase in its size, change of color, ulceration, or bleeding.   Read Full »

I have a lump at the base of my tongue with drainage down my throat. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 62-year-old male in good health. I have had drainage down my throat. And I have been diagnosed with GERD and laryngeal reflux. I have a lump at the base of my tongue, and I have attached the images of it.Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hello,Welcome to icliniq.com.As per your concerns, bumps in the back of the tongue in the picture are called circumvallate papillae, which are normal (attachments removed to protect the patient’s identity).You do not have to worry. However, if you have any symptoms like bleeding from the mouth, yo...  Read Full »

I have a hard bump at the bottom of the mouth. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a hard bump at the bottom of my mouth, which I noticed a couple of days ago. I am not sure if it is something to be concerned about. It is hard and hurts little if I touch it. Not sure what it is or why I have it?   Read Full »


Dr. Rakshana Devi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Good morning. I hope you are well. Thank you for approaching icliniq. I saw your query and saw the picture attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I will help you to solve your doubts. Certain people will have ulcers and bumps like this due to impro...  Read Full »

Kindly suggest a good treatment for the painful red and white bumps on my tongue.

Query: Hello doctor,I have had red and white bumps on my tongue for the past week. They are painful, sensitive to touch and hurt while eating hot, cold, and spicy food.Thanks.  Read Full »


Dr. Ranjit Peter

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for your query. The common causes for these localized inflammatory lesions on the tip of your tongue are as follows; 1) Irritation against sharp teeth edges. 2) Accidental burns due to sipping hot liquids. 3) Vitamin deficiency. 4) Minor v...  Read Full »

What do painless bumps on the tongue frenulum indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed two or three bumps along the frenulum of my tongue, and they are painless. I did not know if these are normal or HPV? I have not had oral sex. Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. They seem to be abnormal and needs to be investigated if it has been like that for more than two weeks. It does appear to be infective, so use warm salt water gargle twice a day for a week or two. Observe if it gets painful or gets enlarged or increases in number. ...  Read Full »

I have red bumps under my tongue with something stuck on my throat. What to do?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 38 years old with a weight of 69 kilograms and a height of 5 feet 7 inches tall. Before six months, I had a severe dry cough and it got better within a week. I did not take any medicine for it. I also had some ulcers in my mouth and it also got resolved within a week. At that time, ...  Read Full »


Dr. Shyam Kalyan. N

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The bumps present in the tongue are circumvallate papillae. They are present in everybody and in some peoples, it looks apparent in the mirror. The next problem you are facing is due to re...  Read Full »

Do I need a needle biopsy for painless hard lump in tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 28-year-old woman with history of smoking. I have lump inside my tongue for the past two years. The lump is not reaching the surface is just inside. I think it got bigger over the time but not rapidly. It is 6 mm big. I went to a doctor and they made a sonogram. The lump is in th...  Read Full »


Dr. Vikas T. Talreja

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. May I look at lesion for better diagnosis and treatment, which includes a lot of differential diagnosis. White or red oral lesions include benign lesions (e.g., morsicatio buccarum and frictional keratosis, white sponge nevus [WSN]), benign lesions with malignant potent...  Read Full »

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