What Are Causes The Painful Bumps Under My Tongue?


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Without knowing the shape, number, color or exact location of the bumps it will be hard to give you a definitive answer as lumps and bumps in the mouth, especially around the tongue, can be caused by quite a few different things.

If there is just one bump which tends to be painful during eating and drinking then it is most likely to be a blockage in your saliva duct. This will be caused by a saliva duct stone, usually about the size of a rice crispy and tends to be a build-up of calcium. I wouldn’t recommend going at this with a set of tweezers, head down to your local doctor’s surgery instead.

If the bumps are relatively painless, blue in color and filled with a kind of fluid, then you may have mucoceles. The good news is that these are harmless and will usually disappear by themselves, although you shouldn’t burst or open the cysts as you run the risk of infection. These cysts are caused by sucking mouth tissue between the teeth, is this something you do?

If not, are the bumps quite painful and white or yellowish with a red border around them? These may be canker sores which are usually caused by viral infections. Again these sore will disappear by themselves usually, but you can assist the process by swilling salt water around the mouth or heavily diluted hydrogen peroxide. You can also buy oral gel in most pharmacies that will tackle this solution. Ibuprofen can help with the pain if it is distracting you from your daily routine.

If you are a smoker then these bumps may be the result of inflammation of the tongue, mouth wash and nicotine patches are the cure for this one. Alternatively have you eaten anything usual recently, different from your usual diet? You may have a slight allergy to something. Try and isolate and identify the offending substance and take care to avoid in future. Antibiotics may help with this but they will usually have to be acquired via your doctor.

If you are concerned about your condition or your symptoms do not improve within a week or so of them first occurring then you should consult your doctor.
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Has there been any injury?
Accidental biting of the tongue during eating and chewing, and injuries to the tongue from the teeth sustained during an epileptic fit will obviously give rise to pain. Luckily, the tongue has a tremendous ability to heal itself without infection taking place and usually this is the case.

Can you see or feel any ulcers inside the mouth?
Shallow but tender ulcers on the tongue, gumes or inside cheek are often associated with minor viral illness.

Are you a heavy smoker?
There is no doubt that heavy smokers can develop inflammation of the tongue as a result of altered bacterial coating on the tongue together with nicotine staining and build-up of 'fur'. Cutting down or stopping smoking is important and usually does the trick. Antiseptic mouthwashes may speed up recovery.

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