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    What causes bumps at the back of the tongue?

Posted on Thu, 6 Jul 2017 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: Hi, about three days ago i noticed a bad bitter taste in my mouth. I didnt think anything of it. Today i was lookinh at my tongue and noticed these bumps on the back of it, as well as one on the side. Ive had human papiloma virus (HPV) for several years, ive also been takinh humira for the last several months. Im 35 year old male, smoker, no other history or symptoms. Also the discoloration is from the coffee i was drinkinh earlier i believe.
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 44 minutes later
Brief Answer:
Enlarged papillae

Detailed Answer:
Hello. Thank you for writing to us

I am dr. kakkar (dermatologist).
I have gone through your query and I have viewed the image.
These are enlarged circumvallate papillae rather than HPV infection.
Common causes of enlarged papillae include vitamin deficiencies, throat infections, oral thrush, cunsumption of hot and spicy food, trauma, smoking etc

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
Follow up: Dr. Kakkar S. 18 minutes later
Will this resolve on its own, or is there anything i can do in the meantime? This is also the cause of the bitter taste?
Answered by Dr. Kakkar S. 17 hours later
Brief Answer:
Oral B Complex Vitamin supplement

Detailed Answer:

I suggest you to take an oral B Complex Vitamin supplement once daily for a month. Also use a mouthwash regularly at least twice or thrice in a day. Drink cleaner water.

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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