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What causes inflamed taste buds?

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Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil

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Posted on Mon, 2 Nov 2015 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Question: I know that I have inflamed taste buds. I'm not sure what this is though. I have it on both sides of my tounge. they don't hurt they are just there.
Answered by Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Benign raised papillae of the tongue side surface

Detailed Answer:
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

These are raised papillae of the tongue side surface and are commonly present. They are usually benign. If they enlarge or are associated with recurrent ulceration then B complex , folate and doxycycline can be advised. If there is enlargement in size and persistence leading to obstruction/difficulty in swallowing etc then oral brush biopsy can be considered, in consult with an oral physician.

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Follow up: Dr. Muhammad Sareer Khalil 4 minutes later
so it's nothing to be concerned about at the moment? I also have inflamed taste buds and I've had them for a few weeks is that normal? I am a chewer so things like this make me nervous
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Yes, for the time being there is no need to worry.

By inflamed taste buds , you are most likely referring to aphthous ulcers for which the same treatment can be used i.e B complex vitamins , folate and doxycycline or azithromycin course after consulting your doctor.

Let me know if you have any query.

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