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Tongue Bumps
Well, I've warmed up now, but my tongue hurts. Am I the only one who has these problems? You know, when you have this tiny bump somewhere on your tongue, which is very painful? You can't see it or anything, when you look in the mirror, but it hurts whenever it touches your tooth or whatever else. I get them occasionally, and then they eventually just go away as mysteriously as they came. Does anybody else have them, and more importantly, can anybody tell me what they are? I always theorized that they were some kind of strange tongue-pimple. Somebody I spoke to once said that she thought they were from an infected taste bud or something. (See? I'm not the only one who gets these after all!)

Anyway, today I had a tongue-bump, and it was bugging me. So as I sat at my desk quietly coding away, I was messing around with it. Like you mess with anything abnormal in your mouth, a loose tooth, dental work, whatever. I'm incapable of leaving such things alone, and I believe that most people are like me this way.

I came up with the "brilliant" idea of attempting to pop it, in order to make it go away. It was bugging me. I wanted it gone.

Well, popping it is not the solution, it turns out. It was messy, very painful, slightly bloody, and now my tongue-bump is larger and more painful than ever. Darn it all. I wish I knew how to fix it, and better yet, how to keep such things from coming back. Anyone? Please help.
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tammylc From: tammylc Date: August 8th, 2002 03:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Inflamed taste bud. Annoying, isn't it?

Visit http://www.intelihealth.com/IH/ihtIH/WSDNT000/24822/31238.html for more info.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 8th, 2002 03:50 pm (UTC) (Link)
Terribly annoying, yes! But thanks muchly for the link.
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cannibal From: cannibal Date: August 8th, 2002 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
The kind of H2O2 you buy in the drug store is already quite diluted with water, so if you dilute that 50:50, it's not very harmful at all, tho you don't really want to swallow it. They even sell some kind of blue H2O2 mouth rinse that tastes good, that's very good for any mouth injury.

Am I the only one who never gets tongue bumps?
From: (Anonymous) Date: August 8th, 2002 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think trying to pop it just pushes more blood into the area and makes it hurt more. With a single infected taste bud, I've actually had success by first cleaning my mouth as much as I can (brushing, flossing, disinfecting mouthwash), and then going in (*VERY CAREFULLY*) with a disinfected fingernail clipper, and clipping the offending bud. I then rinse with the mouthwash again for a minute, and again after a few more minutes, until the bleeding has stopped, and finally apply some of this oral gel I found for cold sores that forms a coating over it that won't dissolve in your mouth (for a day or two) without alcohol. The key is to let the disinfectant wash the nastiness out, and not letting it get reinfected before it's healed.

behindthefool From: behindthefool Date: August 9th, 2002 03:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Whew, that is one complicated answer! You seem like a person who has tried and tested most options!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 9th, 2002 09:30 am (UTC) (Link)


I dunno....you'll notice that they posted annonymously. I think anybody who gives me detailed instructions on how to cut off part of my tongue, but won't even identify themselves, sounds a bit untrustworthy...!!!
guingel From: guingel Date: August 8th, 2002 07:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
ahh. ::read above comments:: interesting. I always listed that as "one of those things" and didn't even think of trying to get rid of it.

that's actually something I do fairly often. I assume there's a perfectly logical reason for something, when really something fishy is going on. Not to this extent, but as an example I'm the kind of person who'd think thieves were furniture movers. >.
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2002 11:24 am (UTC) (Link)


heehee! Yeah, I've always considered it "one of those things" as well...but I mentioned it to C once and he said he'd never had them! He also looked at me as though I was crazy. So I had to post and find out if indeed I was the only one. Much relieved to find I'm not!

It's still bugging me though...that'll teach me not to pick at it.... ):
guingel From: guingel Date: August 12th, 2002 12:35 pm (UTC) (Link)
really? he's never had one? geez!

ack :-/ they're so annoying!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 12th, 2002 01:41 pm (UTC) (Link)


I'm jealous of him. 'cause yes, they're dreadfully annoying. And painful!
mermaid_angst From: mermaid_angst Date: August 8th, 2002 07:55 pm (UTC) (Link)
i've had those bumps! but what i've always wondered is, do other people ever feel like there's a PIN in the back of their throat? because that happens to me sometimes. it feels like i'm choking on a straight needle. it's certainly no fun.
From: stilldocked Date: August 8th, 2002 08:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am always in favor of the salt water gargle, but that is just me, the H2O2 would work well as well
behindthefool From: behindthefool Date: August 9th, 2002 03:15 am (UTC) (Link)
I get them all the time - hurt so much don't they! Everytime you talk, just seems to rub all the time! And then when you're reminded about it, you can't stop fiddling with it and making it hurt all the time lol.

I'm gonna try this H202 thing, I presume this is available in the UK as well! *hopes so*!

I think they're related to stress aren't they?
cannibal From: cannibal Date: August 9th, 2002 10:04 am (UTC) (Link)
Usually if you go into the pharmacy they call it Peroxide, named after Marilyn Monroe, the Peroxide Blonde. It'll take all the color out of your hair if you let it soak. But seriously, Hydrogen Peroxide is the chemical name, 2 atoms of Hydrogen with 2 atoms of Oxygen, the formula is H2O2, but the only people who call it that are geeks. (er, um, like me) If you get it pure, for lab use, it's a dangerous, powerful base, but you can't buy it that way at the corner chemist's.

According to the link Tammy sent, you should go talk to your dentist or doctor if tongue bumps don't go away within a week.
almeda From: almeda Date: August 29th, 2002 10:39 am (UTC) (Link)
I get them occasionally, too. I learned all kinds of chemical formulas when I was a kid by picking them up in various mnemonics ... frex, the spoof cheer of the college my folks went to:

Socrates, Hippocrates, Peloponnesian War!
The square of the hypotenuse and H2SO4!
renniekins From: renniekins Date: August 30th, 2002 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Annoying little buggers, aren't they? Mine is gone now, finally.

That's a funny cheer; I like it! At my school we had a silly one also:

Repress them! Repress them!
Make them relinquish the ball!

And then there's the computer geek's cheer:

Shift to the left! Shift to the right!
Pop up, push down, byte byte byte!
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