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Q: bumps on tongue aka lye bumps?????? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: bumps on tongue aka lye bumps??????
Category: Health
Asked by: groove101-ga
List Price: $50.00
Posted: 08 Mar 2005 10:18 PST
Expires: 07 Apr 2005 11:18 PDT
Question ID: 486799
yes what is a the little bump i am getting on my tongue also known as
a lye bump? i get atleast 7 or 8 every week if not two weeks and they
sting all day and night!!! what can i do to prevent these they really
are bothersom!!!
Subject: Re: bumps on tongue aka lye bumps??????
Answered By: pinkfreud-ga on 08 Mar 2005 11:53 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
I have gathered some material for you on the subject of tongue bumps.
Please keep in mind that Google Answers is not an authoritative source
of medical advice. The excerpts that I've posted below are intended
for informational purposes, and should not be viewed as a diagnosis
nor as a substitute for the services of a qualified physician or other
medical professional.

Transient lingual papillitis, commonly known as "lye bumps" or "lie
bumps," can be a painful nuisance, but fortunately the bumps are not
generally a sign of serious illness. Prevention is not possible, since
the exact cause of this condition is unknown; speculation ranges from
stress to diet to viral infection. The bumps will go away on their
own, but while they are present, symptomatic relief may be obtained by
rinsing the mouth with a saline solution or with "Magic Mouthwash," a
concoction containing soothing ingredients such as liquid Benadryl,
Maalox or Mylanta, and sometimes a local anesthetic such as lidocaine.
Another thing that can be quite effective is spritzing the tongue with
Chloraseptic throat spray, which numbs the tissue and takes away the
burning sensation. I have used all these remedies, and for me the
"Magic Mouthwash" worked best.

From a messageboard thread discussing bumps on the tongue:

"I recently went to the Dr because usually I get one or two of the
'lie bumps' on my tongue, but I got like 4 or 5 at one time and they
were driving me crazy. They gave me a mixture of maalox and benedryl.
I was shocked but it works to relieve the irritation of those bumps.
The maalox just works as a coating to make your tongue feel better but
the benedryl elixer helps heal the bumps. Finally some relief. p.s.
use equal parts of each."

Health and Fitness Forums: Bumps on my tongue

"The geographical tongue is different than the 'white buds' or 'lie
bumps'; those are just taste buds that have become irritated or
somehow need to shed. I have found that rinsing with sea salt (or even
just plain warm salt water) helps the irritation and burning
sensation. The tongue scraper won't work as there is nothing to scrape
and that may even irritate the tongue worse."

Health and Fitness Forums: Bumps on my tongue

"Eruptive lingual papillitis... resembles an entity termed 'transient
lingual papillitis' or commonly 'lie bumps'. The origin of this
eruption remains unknown, but the transmission data could suggest a
possible infectious origin."

PubMed: Eruptive lingual papillitis... (abstract)

You may want to ask your pharmacist about "Magic Mouthwash" (also
known as "Miracle Mouthwash"). This is not a commercial product, but a
formula that is compounded by the pharmacist (or by you yourself, if
you choose a formula that includes only over-the-counter ingredients
such as Benadryl and Maalox). Some formulations are available only
with a doctor's prescription. Several "Magic Mouthwash" formulas are
discussed here:

Dermatology Online Journal: APHTHOUS STOMATITIS

Google search strategy:

Google Web Search: "lye OR lye bumps" tongue

Google Web Search: tongue bump OR bumps

Google Web Search: papillitis tongue

Google Web Search: tongue soreness papillae

Google Web Search: "magic OR miracle mouthwash"

I hope this is helpful. If anything is unclear or incomplete, or if a
link does not function, please request clarification; I'll be glad to
offer further assistance before you rate my answer.

Best regards,
groove101-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
well i was hoping for a cure but if there is not one than magic
mouthwash it is thanks alot guys for all your helpand for responding
so quickly good job keep up the good work!!!

Subject: Re: bumps on tongue aka lye bumps??????
From: guzzi-ga on 08 Mar 2005 15:54 PST
I used to get these occasionally so I do sympathise. Found a cure
which worked for me though. Not particularly well known, even in
Britain, are ?Victory V? sweets. Very nippy, but with practice you can
crunch your way through a packet in ten minutes. Accidentally I found
they ameliorated the pain so tried actually sucking one on my tongue
until dissolved. Stung like hell for ten minutes, but aside from the
resultant anaesthetisation, the bumps actually stopped hurting until
they finally disappeared after a few days.

One might find that other ?hot? or astringent products might ?burn?
the little blighters into submission. As Ms Pink rightly says, this is
not medical authority but as far as I know no one has ever died of lye
bumps so perhaps you might like to ?experiment?. Also, I suspect that
some of the official remedies include the same ingredients.

Subject: Re: bumps on tongue aka lye bumps??????
From: artustnasus-ga on 09 Mar 2005 07:53 PST
First ask yourself, "Am I having regular healthy bowel movements after
each meal?"  For most people the answer is No.  Fotrunately, or
unfortunately, depending upon how you view the symptom, all topical
problems indicate more serious potenial health maladies.

The mouth is directly associated with the large intestine.  When there
are oral problems invariably there also are colon imbalances and vice
versa.  A young child is not fed food until they have teeth.  Chewing
is the beginning of digestion.  If you are not thoroughly chewing your
food, abstaining from drinking with your meals (combinations of food
and drink causes digestive disturbances)you will then have oral and or
colon imbalances.

The bumps on the tongue can indicate an overload of toxins in the body
that are not being eliminated through the bowels (Do you have any skin
blemishes or acne?...another sign.  If you indulge in too many acid
-forming foods this will also contribute to the malady.  Eat a diet of
more alakaline-forming foods: vegetables and all fruits except for
tomatoes.  Citrus fruits, especially the lemon are alkaline forming. 
Remember not to consume citrus with any other food or an hour prior to
or after that other food.  Acidity can appear on the tongue as bumps.

Let's say you are honestly consuming a diet that is richer in
alakaline forming foods over that of acid forming foods.  Now ask
yourself "Am I negative person?  Do I have a negative attitude towards
myself and others?  Am I a worrier?  Am I easily depressed?  Do I eat
for comfort?  Am I easily angered, frustrated or anxious?  These are
only some physical or mental contributing factors.  Again, I emphasize
that topical health maladies are an indication of an underlying health
imbalance...your body's manner in which to warn you of possible
internal health malfunctions.  For more detailed information, obtain a
copy of "Nutrition For Your Body Mind & Spirit"  "Bio Balance", "Foods
that Alkalinize and Heal"
We also suggest that perhaps see an oriental medical doctor well
versed in tongue diagnoses for more specific related assciation.
Subject: Re: bumps on tongue aka lye bumps??????
From: kdh-ga on 07 Apr 2005 06:33 PDT
I disagree with all of you.  I think if any of you went to the doctor
and had these bumps tested, you would find that they come from the
herpes virus. This is another way it presents itself other than fever
blisters.  Believe it or not, dabbing some bleach on them with kill
them overnight.  Been there and done that so to speak.

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