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What causes a bump on the right side of the tongue?

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Posted on Fri, 22 Jul 2016
Question: For the last month, and out of nowhere I have an aggregated bump on the right side back of my tongue. It actually made my mouth hurt where my tongue was pressed against my teeth. At the same time my throat hurt and I ended up getting a chest cold. I went to the VA ER and they gave me some antibiotic, mucinex and an oral steroid cream. The pain subsided and I no longer had problems with it until the last couple of days. It hurt to swallow and I was taking asprin and ibeprophen like crazy. I started using the Steroid again what was left of it and the pay has almost disappeared. The spot on my tongue has reduced in size but it still looks like a swollen taste bud. I have been through a lot of stress lately and anxiety. The doctors at the VA were not worried about it and with it coming back should I be. I am worried it is oral cancer. Does oral tongue cancers pain go away and come back and appear out of nowhere and when the steroid is applied the pay subsides and the throat pain goes away?
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Answered by Dr. Sumit Bhatti (3 hours later)
Brief Answer:
This is not cancer. Continue medication.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

Thank you for your query.

1. This seems to be a glossitis. Clear close-up mages would help.

2. Tongue cancers are usually painless. The mass will not regress as it has done in your case. Tongue cancer is unlikely at your age.

3. Continue your medication for a full repeat course. request your physician to add an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, medicated gargles and a local oral anesthetic gel. Take an injectable painkiller and these medications, if required.

I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any more questions I will be available to answer them.

Regards.
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What causes a bump on the right side of the tongue?

Brief Answer: This is not cancer. Continue medication. Detailed Answer: Hi, Thank you for your query. 1. This seems to be a glossitis. Clear close-up mages would help. 2. Tongue cancers are usually painless. The mass will not regress as it has done in your case. Tongue cancer is unlikely at your age. 3. Continue your medication for a full repeat course. request your physician to add an anti-inflammatory, anti-allergic, medicated gargles and a local oral anesthetic gel. Take an injectable painkiller and these medications, if required. I hope that I have answered your query. If you have any more questions I will be available to answer them. Regards.