I get these painful red or white pimples on the tip of my tongue after I've had alcohol mixed with either soda or apple juice. I also get them after several beers. Drinking a lot of soda on its own causes these. They hurt.
This has only recently started and I want to be able to drink things. Does anyone else have this same problem and know how to make them stop?
By Ethen from Dayton, OH
Being caused by a lack of acid in the stomach makes sense; I'm on very heavy antacids. I got one of these that's lasted for about three days. I rubbed on some Anbesol to numb it, swished with Listerine to (sort of) sterilize my mouth, and then clipped it off with nail clippers; I tried medical scissors first but they didn't work. It hurt a little bit while cutting, but afterward I just swished with more Listerine and now my mouth feels fine. I don't know how it'll feel in the future, but cutting them off does fix the problem.
I had those for years, brought on by eating a lot of citrus fruit, also chewed them off but found out from a pharmacist, swish 2-3 times a day with liquid Maalox and they will be gone in 2-3 days. It works, as soon as I feel them coming on, if I use Maalox (or any other brand) they will go away the next day. If I wait until they are bigger it will take a few days. Let me know if this works for you.
If you can identify the individual inflamed taste bud, use a nail clipper to cut it off. The cutting is quick and doesn't hurt much. It may bleed a tiny bit, but it will give you relief very quickly.
If you can't identify an individual inflamed taste bud, brush the affected area really well before you go to bed and then use mouthwash. This will hurt more, but the cellular exfoliation and antibacterial application usually results in the problem being resolved by morning.
As far as prevention, and as a good general practice, you should make sure you are brushing your tongue (top and bottom), the roof of your mouth, and the insides of your cheeks each time you "brush your teeth." Also use a tongue scraper, mouthwash, and floss regularly. This will give you significantly better breath, as well as helping prevent colds, sore throats, and heart disease.
Good luck, hope it gets better.
By christine M. Thayer04/06/2010
They are swollen taste buds. They come when the acid/Ph balance of the stomach is upset. Believe it or not, but when there isn't enough hydrochloric acid (HCl) production in the stomach, which neutralizes many things we eat. It also detoxifies many things. Acids that come from foods that are actually the same as waste acids our body produces in normal biological processes. It's when the system is overloaded, without enough HCl to detox, that the acid/Ph balance gets messed up and this taste bud thing happens. It also causes cold sores and canker sores. Betaine hydrochloride can help the stomach produce more HCl.
What I do for those swollen taste buds, which for me last many days, is take a (now don't get squeamish) cuticle clippers, an enlarging mirror and clip that taste bud off (it's always just one taste bud). It hurts for a few seconds, but then it stops and no more sore thing on my tongue driving me crazy with pain.
I've had these things come up now and then for decades. But when they do, I know my stomach is involved, then I do something about my stomach.
LOL I could say "Well don't drink" but that wouldn't be nice! Or accurate. I don't drink and get the same things after eating certain things, mostly citrus fruits. And I'm not giving those up! LOL
I have asked my doctor what causes them and he said it's different for different people. Kind of like an allergic reaction. But since it only lasts a few days I don't worry about it.
To stop the pain tho, I dab a little Orajel on it and it helps a lot.
I get these painful red or white pimples on the tip of my tongue after I've had alcohol mixed with either soda or apple juice: also after several beers or drinking a lot of soda on it owns causes these. It sucks and they hurt. This has only recently started and I want to be able to drink things. Does anyone else have this same problem and know how to make them stop?
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Do you ever get a "pimple" on your tongue that is small, but painful and usually last only a few days? Anyone know what causes them? I have had one now for over a month and it's painful 24/7. It's a little larger than they usually are, but it's not huge.
I know I should be swishing my mouth with salt water, but I hate it. Makes me gag. My dentist wants me to see an oral surgeon and have it removed. That sure sounds painful. Is there anything else anyone can suggest besides warm salt water? I sure would love to know what causes them.
Donna from MD
Love and prayers. Linda (12/22/2005)
Within about five days, it will go away on its own, but until it does, resist the urge to check on it to see if it's still there by rubbing your tongue against your teeth. To soothe the soreness, try rinsing with warm salt-water 2-3 times a day or dab the bump with a milk of magnesia-soaked cotton swab to create an acid-neutralizing barrier. While the bump is healing, stick with a soft diet and steer clear of anything potentially irritating, like acidic, hot or spicy foods. If your tender taste bud doesn't shrink back to normal within ten days, see your doctor or dentist."
Biting or pinching it off may offer some relief to the pressure, but not advised. Keeping your mouth clean with brushing and mouthwash is good. Swishing with salt water can also provide relief and kill germs. Baby or adult strength numbing gels may help with the pain, but don't taste good and numb your taste too. You can take Tylenol or Motrin for the pain which works longer. The bumps usually last a couple days to a week and usually reoccur in the same spots. The best healing agent and preventative is getting enough rest, and close seconds are drinking lots of water and eating a balanced diet. Yogurt may soothe them and my mother-in law recommends acidophilus and echinacea. You may want to explore other immunity boosters or body cleansers. Good luck. (10/08/2007)
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Doc also said to stay away from booze and mouth wash with alcohol, said to use 50/50 mix of peroxide and water to rinse with often especially after meals and drink a ton of water. I did all this and it cleared up in a few days (11/11/2008)
You cannot apply the traditional cleansers or topical ointments to your tongue in an effort to treat the pimple since you wouldn't want to ingest the product. There is the option of oral antibiotics, but for a simple pimple or two the doctor often won't prescribe the medication unless the outbreak is serious.
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