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What causes red bumps at the back of tongue and nausea?

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Posted on Wed, 1 Oct 2014
Question: I just notice some red bumps at the back of my tongue towards the throat. Have very unpleasant sensation like i have a lot of plague over there and feeling nausea comes from my stomach. All from yesterday after 10
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Answered by Dr. Naveen Kumar Nanjasetty (37 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Laryngo-pharyngeal reflux secondary to acid reflux

Detailed Answer:
Hi

Thanks for posting the query; I will try my best to help you with this problem.

The red bumps seen behind the tongue could either the inflamed lymphoid follicles or the taste buds. The plague accumulation is the normal coating over the leathery tongue due to the food we take.

The inflammation over the back of the tongue is noticed in few conditions such as, infection of the upper respiratory tract, smoking and acid reflux from the stomach into the throat.

After going through the short history, I do believe, it could be secondary to the acid reflux. When the acid from the stomach regurgitates into the throat, it irritates the throat and causes inflammation of the mucosa. This is one of the reasons for nausea.

Do not worry! All the above problems are very simple and treatable. My suggestions to you are:
1. Dink plenty of warm water.
2. Avoid chilled food & beverages/coffee/tea/smoking/alcohol (if any).
3. Try taking povidone iodine throat spray or gargles to reduce the inflammation.

Hope with the above measures you will feel better. Revert back to me if you have any further queries.

Regards
Dr. Naveen Kumar N.
ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon
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What causes red bumps at the back of tongue and nausea?

Brief Answer: Laryngo-pharyngeal reflux secondary to acid reflux Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for posting the query; I will try my best to help you with this problem. The red bumps seen behind the tongue could either the inflamed lymphoid follicles or the taste buds. The plague accumulation is the normal coating over the leathery tongue due to the food we take. The inflammation over the back of the tongue is noticed in few conditions such as, infection of the upper respiratory tract, smoking and acid reflux from the stomach into the throat. After going through the short history, I do believe, it could be secondary to the acid reflux. When the acid from the stomach regurgitates into the throat, it irritates the throat and causes inflammation of the mucosa. This is one of the reasons for nausea. Do not worry! All the above problems are very simple and treatable. My suggestions to you are: 1. Dink plenty of warm water. 2. Avoid chilled food & beverages/coffee/tea/smoking/alcohol (if any). 3. Try taking povidone iodine throat spray or gargles to reduce the inflammation. Hope with the above measures you will feel better. Revert back to me if you have any further queries. Regards Dr. Naveen Kumar N. ENT and Head & Neck Surgeon