Our body is pretty fragile and sometimes we have to deal with rather harmless things causing significant amount of disturbance. One such harmless thing that causes a great deal of problem is tongue bumps. Tongue bumps are not something that cannot be cured. It also is usually harmless and gets cured on its own. However, all the while it’s there, it causes frustration. First of all, it affects the taste buds, which means you cannot really enjoy the real taste of the food. Secondly, while eating there is a sensation of pain which causes irritation.
It is easy to get rid of the tongue bumps
Treating tongue bumps is rather easier than you would have thought. Most of the times, you don’t even need any special treatment for tongue bumps. If you wait for a few days, it goes away on its own. Bumps on the tongue are mostly the result of certain type of irritation which is caused by certain food items which your tongue is sensitive to. You don’t need to worry much about the bumps caused due to this reason. They get cured on their own.
How to treat tongue bumps
Everyone gets tongue bumps at one point of time in their life or the other. Most of the bumps are harmless and they don’t really need any special attention. But sometimes the bumps do get bigger and show the tendency of swelling. Sometimes the bumps also become sore. You will need proper oral hygiene to ensure that bumps do not happen and even when they do, they go away quickly.
The bumps resembling rashes are small in size and they could perhaps be candida. They are also known by another name thrush. These bumps are caused due to yeast infection and can be treated easily if you follow good oral hygiene. If the bumps are showing signs of soreness then they can be treated with a natural remedy. All you need to do is rinse your mouth with warm saltwater. The process is simple. Dissolve a small amount (one teaspoon) of common salt (table salt) in hot water and use it to rinse your mouth. Rinse at least three or four times at one time and at least twice a day.
Viruses also cause tongue bumps
There are certain viruses which also trigger tongue bumps. If the bumps have developed during certain type of illness then it is very likely that the bumps will also go away once the illness has been treated. There are many types of illnesses that can cause tongue bumps and more often than not they are harmless. If you have developed sore bumps while infected with flue-virus then it is likely that the bumps will go away once the flue is treated. Even if you have sore-bumps, there is nothing to panic about.
Some foods also cause tongue bumps
If you are experiencing occasional tongue bumps, there is nothing to panic or feel alarmed about. If you eat a lot of spicy foods, you are more likely to get bumps on your tongue. However, different people have different tolerance level towards different types of foods. While some people may not get any bumps even after eating a lot of spicy food, for some people even a small amount of spice could trigger it. In fact, some people get bumps on the tongue after eating crispy snacks like potato chips. If you already have bumps on the tongue and you eat certain candies, they may further aggravate it.
Take good care of your tongue
Good oral hygiene is important to prevent tongue bumps. Make sure that you are scraping your tongue regularly. You can use a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to prevent tongue infections. However, this is to prevent bumps when you don’t already have it. If you already have tongue bumps then scraping and brushing the tongue will not be a good idea. It will cause more irritation and make the tongue bumps worse. Skip scraping while the bumps are there. Only brush your teeth, floss and use mouthwash to rinse your mouth.
Some medications may also cause bumps
There are certain medicines which cause tongue bumps as a side effect. If you are on a certain type of medication and regularly experiencing tongue bumps then it is better that you contact your physician and ask them about the causes. If the bumps are the result of side effect of the medicines then you need to ask your doctor about its prevention. The doctor may be able to suggest additional medication to treat the bumps.
To summarize, tongue bumps are pretty common and there is nothing much to worry about them. However, if the bumps do not go away on their own, or become swollen or sore, it is better that you consult a physician.