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What causes red bump on tongue of a child?

My five year old son has had a sore throat and fever, vomitting and small amounts of diarrhea for three days. White coating on throat and initial strep test came back negative. Now he has a raised red patch on his tongue the size of a quarter. Does anyone have any idea what is causing the red bump on his tongue?
Tue, 9 Feb 2016
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Hi Dear,

Welcome to HCM.

Understanding your concern. As per your query your child have symptoms of red bump on tongue which occurs when papillae become irritated and slightly swollen. It could be due to dehydration as well. They occur due to various reasons like stress , hormonal changes or acidic and spicy food. It generally doesn’t require treatment and clears up within two weeks. Do warm saline rinses 2-3 times a day. Coat the blisters well will antiviral ointment containing Acyclovir. Drink plenty of liquids and vitamin supplements. Maintain good oral hygiene and drink plenty of water. If condition doesn't get better in few days then consult oral pathologist for proper checkup and rule out condition like herpes or canker sore.

Hope your concern has been resolved.

Get Well Soon.

Best Wishes,
Dr. Harry Maheshwari
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What causes red bump on tongue of a child?

Hi Dear, Welcome to HCM. Understanding your concern. As per your query your child have symptoms of red bump on tongue which occurs when papillae become irritated and slightly swollen. It could be due to dehydration as well. They occur due to various reasons like stress , hormonal changes or acidic and spicy food. It generally doesn’t require treatment and clears up within two weeks. Do warm saline rinses 2-3 times a day. Coat the blisters well will antiviral ointment containing Acyclovir. Drink plenty of liquids and vitamin supplements. Maintain good oral hygiene and drink plenty of water. If condition doesn t get better in few days then consult oral pathologist for proper checkup and rule out condition like herpes or canker sore. Hope your concern has been resolved. Get Well Soon. Best Wishes, Dr. Harry Maheshwari