The term “pimple” is generally used to describe a skin condition involving the presence of black, red, or white bump caused by acne. With the lack of follicles and sebaceous glands (oil glands) on the tongue, you may wonder how you keep getting “pimples” there. Typically presenting as tender red bumps, these “pimples” have numerous causes. Some of them can be avoided if you can pinpoint what’s causing them, while others may indicate the presence of other oral health issues. McCartney Dental can help you learn more about them and how to reduce their frequency.
Why Do Pimples Appear On The Tongue?
The most common reason for a swollen bump appearing on your tongue is known as a “lie bump.” The condition that causes them to form is lingual papillitis or an inflammation of the tongue. When the bumps appear, they’re typically white or red. There are many known causes for this condition to appear. Spicy foods tend to rate relatively high, but accidentally biting your tongue is also a frequent cause. The good news is that lie bumps will recover independently, and you won’t need additional treatment to address them.
Other reasons tongue pimples may appear are:
- Enlarged Papillae – The texture of your tongue’s surface is caused by thousands of structures known as papillae. These papillae’s primary purpose is to help you grip food while consuming it. However, they are also the home of your taste buds. When these tastebuds become irritated, they can become swollen and painful. These are the “lie bumps” mentioned earlier. Accidentally biting your tongue, allergies, and spicy food are just a few culprits that cause lie bumps.
- Canker Sores – These are common and experienced by millions of people yearly. They appear as white sores exposing raw, tender tissue surrounded by angry red swelling. They’re susceptible to any irritation, especially in the form of salt or acid. Thankfully, they heal within a week or two, and saltwater rinses can help ease their sensitivity. Some of the most common triggers of canker sores include tongue irritation, vitamin B deficiency, allergies, and stress.
- Oral Cancer – The rarest reason for tongue pimples is oral cancer. In this case, the swollen bump is a nodule of cancerous tissue that remains and may grow over time. Any tongue bump that persists for over two weeks is a candidate for oral cancer. If you have a sore that has persisted for longer than this, make an appointment at McCartney Dental immediately.
Infection is another reason that a swollen bump may appear on your tongue. You’ll often develop a fever or swollen glands when an infection occurs. It’s essential to see your dental care provider as soon as possible if these symptoms are present.
Learn More About Swollen Tastebuds From McCartney Dental
Call our team today at (941) 423-4334 if you’re struggling with uncomfortable bumps on your tongue and want relief. Our scheduling department will arrange an appointment at our North Port, FL office.