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Swollen foliate papillae. What can it be?

I have a swollen foliate papillae that is causing me more of a concern because its here rather than Anything. It started about 2 months ago. It doesn t hurt all te time but on occasion it feels similar to as if I bit my tongue . I ve seen my doctor who didn t seem concerned but said it was in fact a swollen taste bud. I also saw my dentist who was even less concerned and said it looked normal to him. I m concerned because its still swollen and is uncomfortable at times. Any ideas on what it can be? I m a 33 y/o female, social smoker, social drinker.
Asked On : Fri, 23 Nov 2012
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Swollen papillae may appear more prominent and appear as red circles after throat infections, viral infections or some fungal infections. Scratches can be because of sore throat or can be because of some bacterial, fungal infection. Without clinical examination and tests, it is difficult to give definite diagnosis. You can consult your dentist to do a biopsy to rule out any malignant condition or cancer. If they are not increasing in size and are not painful, then you don’t have to worry much about them. To avoid any secondary infections, you can do warm saline rinses 3-4 times a day and keep the tongue clean to avoid any secondary infections.
Answered: Tue, 27 Nov 2012
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