Getting rid of bumps on your tongue doesn’t usually require a doctor’s visit or an expensive prescription. Bumpy tongues are almost always due to some kind of irritation and likely as not they will go away within a few days. We all have bumps on our tongue which can sometimes become irritated and tend to swell or become sore.
Bumps that are small and rash-like could be candida, otherwise known as thrush which is a yeast infection. Thrush isn’t particularly serious and can can be treated effectually by practicing good oral hygiene. As for the soreness, simply dissolve a teaspoon of table salt in a few ounces of hot water and rinse your mouth three or four times twice a day.
Certain viruses can cause bumps on the tongue. If you are experiencing some type of illness with the bumps, it is likely associated with the illness and will go away once the illness is gone. Flu-like viruses often affect the tongue and cause the bumps to swell which is really quite normal and no cause for alarm.
Spicy foods can easily cause bumps on your tongue along with crispy foods such as chips or popcorn. Hard candies nearly always cause bumps to swell due to friction on the tongue by sucking on the candy.
Brushing and scraping your tongue routinely with a paste mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide is a good way to keep down bacterial and other types of infection. However, when bumps are swelled or sore, it is better to wait until the swelling and soreness goes away as brushing and scraping can cause further irritation and could possibly make them worse. Brush and floss your teeth then rinse with a mild oral rinse until the bumps are gone.
Medication is also a common cause for bumpy tongues. A simple phone call to your pharmacist can tell you whether or not your medications are causing the bumps on your tongue to swell as many medications are well known for it. Tell your pharmacist the name of the medication you are taking and ask if that particular medication causes bumps on the tongue. If the pharmacist says the medication should have nothing to do with it, tell them while you have them on the phone what you are experiencing and ask their advice.
In summary, discovering bumps on your tongue is normal and more than likely the results of irritation or food sensitivity and possibly even medication. A bumpy tongue is no particular cause for concern and in all probability will go away in a few days.
However, if the bumps are swollen and sore for more than a few days, consult a physician. If you don’t have a regular physician, call any pharmacy and ask to speak to the pharmacist. They are more knowledgeable than most people realize and generally, most of them are more than happy to help.