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Why do I have ONE inflamed taste bud?

Asked by fluthernutter (4385 points ) April 6th, 2012 from iPhone

I suspect it’s from eating an inordinate amount of pineapple. Our family is vacationing in Hawaii and the pineapple here is scrumptious.

But the question is…why do I only have ONE inflamed taste bud at the tip of my tongue? Shouldn’t the entire area be equally affected?

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CWOTUS's avatar

I don’t think it’s a “taste bud” that’s inflamed; I think you’ve burned yourself on the pineapple acids. I tend to do that, myself, when I eat a lot of pineapple. Chapped lips like you read about.

gravity's avatar

I will get an inflamed taste bud when I eat too many sweets. I think it has to do with the pH balance being out of whack. If I swish my mouth with warm salty water a couple times it usually takes care of it.

JLeslie's avatar

If it doesn’t get better you must go to the doctor and get it checked. Lay off the acidy foods for a few days.

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Keep_on_running's avatar

Do you mean kind of like a tiny pimple on your tongue? I get them too and they are really annoying and painful. I’m not sure what causes them or why they only occur one at a time.

wilma's avatar

I have had this happen to me too. I have a Geographic Tongue and I have always felt that this was a contributing factor with this problem.
I have even grasped the offending inflamed papilla and pulled it out. It was painful to do, but after it was out, felt better than it had before.
I’m not sure what causes the problem. If it persists you might talk to your Dr. or dentist.

fluthernutter's avatar

@CWOTUS Regardless of whether it’s inflamed or burned, it’s weird that it only happened to one and not an area.

@gravity Ooh, thanks! Will definitely try the warm salty water today.

@JLeslie I know I should probably lay off the acidic food, but there’s so much tasty fruit to eat! Not just pineapple (though that is probably the worst offender).

@Keep_on_running It sticks out a bit like a pimple. But its not filled with anything. It’s definitely fleshy like papillae. Plus it feels the same as when I burn my tongue—except in one teeny tiny spot.

@wilma Whoa! Pull it out?!?

wilma's avatar

Yes I have pulled them out. There was a little drop of blood, and then it healed over quickly. The pain was gone very soon. I know that seems like an extreme measure, but it worked.

Supacase's avatar

I’ve had them a few times. I bit them off and had the same results as @wilma.

For some reason, people around here call them “lie bumps.”

JLeslie's avatar

@fluthernutter My point about laying off acidic was to make sure your problem is actually a reaction to the acidic food. If your problem persists I think you should make sure your diagnosis/assumption is correct. Other bumps inside the mouth, if they do not go away on their own, need to be addressed, can be a serious problem.

Patreesha's avatar

Take a q-tip and dip it in peroxide. Dab it on the sore and I promise the sore spot will be gone in the morning..

fluthernutter's avatar

Taste bud has healed on its own after a few head-scratching days. I still don’t know why it only affected one instead of an area, but just glad it’s fallen back in line with the others.

Thanks, all!

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