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Taste buds on the back of tongue raised. Virus? Have bell's palsy history. Go to oral surgeon?

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the back of tongue has all the taste buds raised. i have been told it could be a virus because i have had bells paulsey twice and 3rd nerve paulsey twice. this is over the last 20 years. 3rd nerve over the last 7 years.
i am going to a oral surgion on Tuesday .Have had this for at least a month..
Posted Wed, 18 Apr 2012 in Dental Health
Answered by Dr. Radhika 41 minutes later
Thanks for the query.

You have provided me with good information. However, as I believe the more information a person gives the better is the doctor's reply, please do not mind in answering the following:
1. Is there any inflammation in your tongue?
2. Do you have any pain or decreased ability in sensation over the area?
3. Is there any weakness on one side of your face?

The taste buds on the back of your tongue seem to be raised .Taste papillae can be seen on the tongue as little red dots, or raised bumps. These ones are actually called "fungiform" papillae, because they look like little button mushrooms and are raised. This is normal structure of tongue and you need not to worry about this.

If you have any inflammation of the tongue then it might most probably be due to biting your tongue, scalding it, grinding or clenching the teeth .These can all cause trauma to the tongue and inflame and raise the taste buds. Many of these oral flare-ups can be traced to an increase in stress in our lives.

Swollen or raised taste buds can be caused by many reasons such as by allergies. If it is due to this then it is best to avoid spicy foods when you have one. Rinse with warm, salted water many times a day to help the pain and to help them heal.

Also you can confirm with an appointment with an Oral surgeon. It is less likely to be due to Bells palsy or 3 rd nerve palsy.

Symptoms of Bells palsy will be rapid onset of mild weakness to total paralysis on one side of your face — occurring within hours to days — making it difficult to smile or close your eye on the affected side, facial droop and difficulty making facial expressions, pain around the jaw or in or behind your ear on the affected side and also a decrease in your ability to taste. In 3 rd nerve palsy there will be Diplopia or double vision.

So do not worry, and get yourself examined.

Hope, I have answered your query. Please accept my answer if you have no further queries.


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Follow-up: Taste buds on the back of tongue raised. Virus? Have bell's palsy history. Go to oral surgeon? 22 hours later
I know all about Bells Palsey, as I have hade it twice. I asked if any of this could possibly be a virous. This is not normal, as there are 40 ore more raised bumps all across the back of my tongue. There is a constant bad taste and bad breath.
There has been no stress, no grinding or clinching, no scalding, and no biting of the tongue. and nothing tastes like it should.
Answered by Dr. Radhika 9 hours later
Thanks for the follow up.

There might be a possibility of it being due to viral infection. It is mostly seen after a high fever often resulting from chickenpox, measles and scarlet fever.

Sometimes, the red bumps on the very back of your tongue are just sores. The cause of these sores will vary, however. For instance, a few possible causes include infections, canker sores, tuberculosis, bacterial infections, oral herpes or early-stage syphilis. Sores can also be caused by allergies or other immune system disorders.

Bumps with open sores may be caused by oral lichen planus, which usually clears up on its own.

Although small bumps on both sides of the tongue are usually harmless, a bump on only one side may be cancerous. Unexplained red or white areas, sores, or lumps (particularly when hard) on the tongue-especially if painless-may be signs of cancer and should be examined by a doctor or dentist. Most oral cancers grow on the sides of the tongue or on the floor of the mouth.

Hope, I have answered your query. Please accept my answer if you have no further queries.


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