Swollen Tongue Papillae

Tongue papillae get swollen for a variety of reasons. Some include allergies, infections, irritation from a sharp tooth or denture, vitamin deficiencies, and acid reflux. Swollen tongue papillae is not a serious condition, and the complications depend on what is causing the tongue papillae to swell.

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I have inflamed taste buds without any burning sensation or pain. Kindly help.

Query: Hi doctor, I have inflamed taste buds without any burning sensation or pain for the past three weeks. But those in the back have reduced in size whereas those in middle and front of my tongue are mildly inflammed now. Kindly help.  Read Full »


Dr. Basuki Nath Bhagat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Please attach a photograph of your tongue for proper evaluation.   Read Full »

Which infection causes sore throat, white patches, and excess mucus?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a sore throat, white patches, excess mucus (postnasal drip), and small red bumps on my tongue. What kind of infection is this?  Read Full »


Dr. Honey Nandwani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It looks like you have a bacterial throat infection and the red spots on the tongue are due to inflamed tongue papillae. For confirmation, consult an otolaryngologist and get a thorough clinical ev...  Read Full »

I developed a rough, pimple-like growth with mild pain on the right side of my tongue. What could it be?

Query: Hi doctor,I have a pimple-like growth on the side edges of the backside of my tongue. I do not have much pain, but I can feel the roughness. And that is when I examined and found these pimple-like growths. They are mainly on the right side of the tongue. In addition, I have numbness in the tongue, b...  Read Full »


Dr. Naseer Ahmad Bhat

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I went through your query and understood your concern. The location of the tongue you are referring to consists of many taste buds which are leaf-like and elongated. Sometimes hypertrophy of the taste buds can be seen. They present as swollen painless eruptions; how...  Read Full »

What is the recurrent spot that keeps coming on my tongue?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a spot that keeps on coming on my tongue. I have consulted an ENT specialist and I need a second opinion. The doctor was not able to diagnose it. I am worried. Please suggest.   Read Full »


Dr. Sandeep Shrestha

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As per the picture, (attachment removed to protect patient identity) the most probable diagnosis is geographic tongue. The most common cause is vitamin deficiency. You can take a multivitamin tablet once a day for two months.   Read Full »

What can cause a red patch on the folate papillae?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a habit of chewing tobacco. I have reddish patch on the foliate papillae since last month. I have visited a doctor. He told me that it might be due to the wisdom tooth sharpness and does not suspect erythroplakia. He smoothens the edges of the tooths three days ago and advised ...  Read Full »


Dr. Gagan Khanna

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ulcers in the mouth can be because of many reasons, most of which are benign. We need to answer a few questions to arrive at a diagnosis. Are the lesions on both sides of the tongue? Does it hurt when you eat spicy foods? Has the lesion regressed from the time you vis...  Read Full »

How to manage a small white bump on my lateral side of the tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have developed a small white bump on the left lateral tongue a week back, irritating, and pains. I used to chew zarda for a few years and quit the habit seven months ago when the lockdown was imposed. I am concerned about this white patch. I had also visited an ENT specialist, and t...  Read Full »


Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to ciliniq.com. I have seen the image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) and the clarity of the image is not good. But I have mentioned a few possible causes: Inflammation of the papillae due to chemical burns like heavy use of high fluoride-containing toothpaste, or d...  Read Full »

What should I do for enlarged tongue papillae with redness and burning sensation?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 31-year-old male. I do not use any medications except vitamin B complex for three weeks now. But the problem is my tongue has enlarged papillae (taste buds), and it is red on the sides and the whole front of the tongue. It is also a bit white on the top (it was more white in co...  Read Full »


Dr. B. Vageesh Padiyar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for briefing the problem in concern. I had a detailed look at the pictures you have sent (attachment removed to protect patient identity). There are no abnormalities that I can see on the dorsal or ventral aspect of your tongue. It does not look like candidiasis...  Read Full »

I feel something stuck on the right back of my tongue. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, The back of my tongue on the right side has been bothering me for the last few days. That side seems slightly red and irritated. I am 33 years old. I never smoke, rarely drink (maybe four times a year), and no HPV. I am currently taking Metoprolol.  Read Full »


Dr. Naveen Thomas

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). The tongue look fine. What is bothering you? Is there pain or irritation? There seems to be no inflammation as such. Some spots seen on the side of the tongue are normal soft mucosa of the t...  Read Full »

What is foliate papillitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 26 year old female, who has an inflamed looking foliate papillae on right side of the tongue towards the back, it has been like this for more than three weeks now. It has not gotten better or worse, pretty much looks the same. It creates this feeling of something stuck in the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Priyanka Aggarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. The lesion on the tongue (attachment removed to protect patient identity) appears to be an ulcerative lesion. You should get yourself examined by an ENT specialist because I think a biopsy might be required. As you might have taken antibiotics for tooth infection, the t...  Read Full »

My tongue seems to be pale and raised on the sides. Is this normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I decided to look at my tongue a couple of days ago, and it seems to be pale or raised on the sides. I am not sure if this is normal or if it is something to be concerned about. I accidentally bite my cheeks and tongue while I am trying to sleep (I sleep on my sides with my arm pressi...  Read Full »


Dr. Purva Jingar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I am wondering where to start at first. So let us talk about your oral hygiene. Maintain oral hygiene properly, and I think you are using a hard bristles toothbrush. An electric toothbrush is not well to develop oral hygiene properly. 1. Do not get...  Read Full »

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