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Taste bud hanging out! :-(

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  • Posted By: emorette
  • September 28, 2007
  • 08:17 PM

Hi. I have one taste bud that looks like it was literally pulled out, partially .. and it's a little sore if I eat something that rubs against it. I have been to a nurse who said it's probably related to an internal virus, or a burn. She said to rinse my mouth with warm salt water a few times a day. I tried that, no results except for a really dry throat. I don't know how to get rid of this! I'm not even sick! :-( Please help.

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  • I am not a dr; just a person who has dealt with mouth pains for a long time due to a major jaw surgery, 7 tooth extractions, and many years of adult braces (before and after my jaw surgery).What I'd do when my teeth and gums hurt real bad: when an area in your mouth is painful or sore I had luck spraying some "sore throat spray" with an local anesthetic in it like phenol and letting it sit there; this will numb most any mouth sore temporarily. I used such throat sprays when I had to wear braces for almost 5 years as an adult. Some times my teeth and gums would hurt very bad even with pain medicines so I'd spray 5-7 times in my mouth and swish it all about for about 30-60 secs and that helped me get through the worse pain. When it'd wear off; I'd spray again. I usually spit the stuff out. Anbesol also could numb the spot; just let a bit sit on there for awhile until the pain is numbed and spit it out. Phenol is one anesthetic in such sprays; I find the generic sprays work as well as the name brand sprays.The salt washes are a good idea usually for sore throats and such; it seems to help the inflamed surface tissues heal in some way. At the first sign of a sore throat, I gargle away with listerine and warm salt water. I am a professional singer so I cannot afford to get a sore throat.BTW How long have you had this sore on your tongue? If it doesn't go away in a reasonable amount of time you should have it checked out by a dr instead of a nurse. Also do you chew tobacco or have you in the past? If so, you might want to have the thing checked out. Some tumors can happen on tongues ; tobacco chewers can get oral cancers even at a young age. I have a friend now who had a toothache (he thought that anyhow) and later found out he really had cancer. Sadly he waited to get the thing checked out figuring it was a dental problem that could wait. You might do a search on the net for sores on tongue, or bump on tongue; and find some pictures of various tongue problems to compare with your bump/sore. But in all, it usually isn't wise to diagnose yourself. My friend who thought he just had a bad tooth hurting him now regrets waiting to see a doctor for it; and sadly he was living in a nursing home whose nurses also didn't pick up on his complaints and assumed his tooth was the problem. I don't want to scare you; because ,more likely or not it is something not serious or trivial. But if it doesn't go away, or it spreads or changes in a bad way, gets worse or keeps bugging you should consider playing it safe and getting it checked out by a doctor that can diagnose such things. Hope this helps you or somebody else who comes across a sore or bump on a tongue or other area of the mouth.
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