small white bump on tongue

small white bump on tongue

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the kid

Kingsport, TN

#1 Dec 23, 2006
I have a small white bump on the tip of my tongue.Can anyone tell me what this might be?
carol cleary


#2 Jan 16, 2007
i have a white lump on tongue

Northbrook, IL

#4 Jan 23, 2007
me 2 help

Cleveland, OH

#5 Feb 7, 2007
[canker sore which is a after math of viral infection, it will go away in a couple of days.

Moose Jaw, Canada

#6 Feb 28, 2007
the kid wrote:
I have a small white bump on the tip of my tongue.Can anyone tell me what this might be?
sounds like an oral wart..... eat lots of garlic and it will disapear in about a week.

Rochester, MI

#7 May 4, 2007
i have white round lumps on my tounge...i dip as this cancer?

Monroe, OH

#8 May 29, 2007
It can be any of a number of things.
The WORST you can do is ignore it as some posters have said to do.
Go to your dentist or family doctor asap
and have them examine it. If your dentist
is unsure or it persists for more than a few days, see an Ear Nose Throat (ENT) specialist.

Lurgan, UK

#9 Jun 27, 2007
I Have recently noticed a white kinda love heart shape lump in the middle of my toungue it does not hurt what could it be?
#10 Jul 13, 2007
Emma wrote:
I Have recently noticed a white kinda love heart shape lump in the middle of my toungue it does not hurt what could it be?
It is called Geographic tongue. My daughter has the same issue... and the following is a detailed explination of what it is and why (speculation) it happens.
Excerpt from the Dr Greene website.
Geographic tongue is a marvelous, descriptive name for one of the most common medical conditions of the tongue. Parents usually are the ones to notice several large, red, slightly depressed, unusually smooth patches on the surface of their child's tongue -- when nothing was there hours before. Often the red areas are bordered with distinct white bands. The sharp borders of these irregularly shaped lesions give the surface of the tongue the appearance of a map, perhaps a map of a group of uncharted islands. The rather dramatic appearance of geographic tongue looks to many like a burn, or like some kind of nasty infection.
The healthy tongue is a mass of muscle fibers covered by a mucous membrane. On the underside of the tongue, the mucous membrane is smooth. On the upper side, the tongue is covered with many tiny protrusions called papillae. These papillae come in four types with different shapes. Three of these types contain taste buds; the fourth does not. This fourth type are called filiform papillae, and they are packed tightly together over the entire upper surface of the tongue.
In geographic tongue, the filiform papillae are missing in the reddish areas and are overcrowded in the gray-white borders.
We still do not know exactly what causes geographic tongue, but we do know that it strongly tends to run in families (Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology, Nov 1976). Geographic tongue has polygenic inheritance -- it is associated with several different genes. We also know that it is associated with a number of other genetic medical conditions.
It has been most closely linked to psoriasis, and is notably more common in those who have psoriasis (British Journal of Dermatology, Sep 1996). The two conditions have been linked to the same gene and are probably produced in the same manner; nevertheless the great majority of those with geographic tongue do not go on to develop psoriasis.
Geographic tongue is also significantly more common in people who are sensitive to the environment -- those with allergies, eczema, and/or asthma (Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, and Oral Pathology, Aug 1984).
Most people with geographic tongue are otherwise healthy. The condition is usually entirely painless. While it can produce a burning sensation in the mouth, this is very rare in children. If there is any pain or burning, this usually can be successfully controlled with antihistamines (Pediatric Dentistry, Nov 1992).
There is no loss of the sense of taste (hurrah for the glorious sense of taste!), nor is there any loss of the dexterity of the tongue. There is, however, a measurable decrease in the tongue's sense of touch. This was studied by carefully assessing response to mechanical vibration (Journal of Laryngology and Otology, Mar 1984).
Geographic tongue's rather spectacular appearance in the mouth has frequently caused parents to worry. In the years since 1955, when the condition was first described (Journal of the American Dental Association, Sep 1987), several treatments have been tried for geographic tongue. Topical Retin-A was the most successful (Cutis Aug 1979). No treatment is currently recommended, however, for this benign, self-limited condition.
Geographic tongue heals spontaneously. The individual lesions often heal at the same time new ones are forming, changing the appearance of the tongue over hours or days. This gives rise to the appearance that the map is migrating across the face of the tongue. Thus, geographic tongue is also called benign migratory glossitis. Although benign, this condition may last for months -- or even longer -- and often recurs.


#11 Sep 8, 2007
To Tonya: I truly appreciate the very informative details you gave on this condition. I do have allergies: hay-fever and asthma. It's interesting to learn there may be a relationship between allergies and GT. I have also read of a possible bacterial imbalance in the mouth or gastrointestinal system, as well as an auto immune deficancie; as a genetic disposition or stress related.
Although Geographic Tongue is described as benign, I personal disagree with the term benign." Though the condition may not be life threatening, after twent-five years of recurring "out-breaks", I can not interpret the experience so lightly. This condition frequently leaves the edges and center of my tongue so raw and irritated that they bleed. Eating and speaking are adversely effected by the inflamation, raw irritation, and socially visual difficulties involved. With this, unfortunately, the frequency of mouth ulcer (canker sores)add to the distress of the situation. I have yet to met a physician or specialist who has a clue on actual treatment for the condition. I prefer to laugh when I try to eat and the food dribbles off my tongue. Or, walking with a box of kleenex to capture to drool slipping off the center of my bottom lip. "oh please excuse my slobber." lol It's painfully funny sometimes. Unfortunately, sleeping is difficult: I can't decide where in my mouth to lay my tongue! It seems the most commen over the county (OTC), "medication," are B-vitamins. I can't seem to find anything other than divorce to get rid of my symptoms. How about you?

United States

#12 Sep 29, 2007
i ave little have these white spots on my tonuge an they itch what should i do?

United States

#13 Dec 20, 2007
My daughter had a "M" shape grey-white thing that look kinda like a blister pop up on her tongue and I took her to the Dr. for it and he said it was something called "Scomicitis" I don't know if I heard him wrong or what but I can't pull anything up on the web to read about it.
Have you ever heard of it before?

Chesapeake, VA

#14 Dec 28, 2007
I have little bumps on my tounge too, and it hurts!!
I think I might have to have vitamen b
or something

United States

#15 Jan 4, 2008
i have some white bumps on the tip of my tongue...and its painfull and irritating so does anyone have any idea what it could be..if so i would be more then happy to know...

Stokkem, Belgium

#16 Jan 10, 2008
GT is a hell to live with when it hurts. I've ordered anti-psoriasis medicins that have proven to work well for people with psoriasis. The medicins help with enery absorption in the guts. Psoriasis is according to this docter who does'nt earn one cent from his advice an energy level problem at dying cells. I'll see what happens after 4 years of white lines...

Saskatoon, Canada

#17 Jan 10, 2008
I am experiecing several small white bumps on my tongue. There is also pain involved. What can i do to help it go away??

Louisa, KY

#18 Jan 15, 2008
I got my tongue pierced about 2 months ago...and the pierer told me that there might be dead skin on my tongue....there is a white bump right in front of my tongue ring....and it has been there for quite some time! I think it should have went away by now....or is it something else?

Madrid, Spain

#19 Jan 22, 2008
I have two small white spots on my tounge! i am really worry about it it could be somthing serious??

Ellendale, TN

#20 Feb 12, 2008
my sister has a bump on her tongue and we do not know what it is.

Ellendale, TN

#21 Feb 12, 2008
my cousin has a bump on her tongue an doent know what it is

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