Having bumps on the tongue is quite a common phenomenon, though this makes it no less alarming and frustrating for those that experience it. It can be very distracting, and you may find yourself constantly running your tongue along the roof of your mouth to check if they’re still there!
There are a lot of different reasons for bumps on the tongue and there are many different types of bumps that can form. One of the most common types of bumps on the tongue is the condition called ‘lie bumps’. These are so-called because it was once believed that telling lies would lead to the formation of these bumps! Of course, this is nothing more than an old myth with no foundation in truth, but there are several other things that can cause these bumps to appear.
Here we will look at some of the causes and the things you can do to prevent them.
1. Check for Allergies
One of the most common causes of bumps on the tongue is that you are having an allergic reaction to whatever you ate. This can then cause the bumps to form, just as you might notice a raised rash on your skin if you should come into physical contact with something that causes you to react.
Allergies, in turn, are caused by your body mistakenly reacting to a harmless substance as though it were bacteria or a toxin. For instance, then, you might come into contact with something like a strawberry, but your body will think that this is a germ or a type of poison! Thus it rushes blood to the area, sends white blood cells there, etc.
If you find bumps on your tongue often, you may have a low-key reaction to something in your diet and be unaware of it. The solution then is to try and identify what it is in your diet that might be causing this. One way to do that is by maintaining a food diary. This means keeping track of everything you eat, in order to find out where the correlations are.
Do this and you can then avoid that food, thus curing the bumps!
2. Avoid Spicy Foods
Something that can very often cause the tongue to react is consuming spicy foods. These foods taste the way they do because they react with the tongue and thus cause it to become lumpy and bumpy.
To solve the problem, try to avoid having spicy foods where possible. If you order a curry or similar, then try choosing one that isn’t overly hot. At the same time, you can try to help soothe and coat the tongue by consuming the spicy food with yogurt, or by having kulfi ice cream afterward.
Of course, it’s up to you to decide whether you like the spice enough to consider the bumps on the tongue a price worth paying or not!
3. Eat More Slowly
Interestingly, those bumps will very often be caused by heartburn or indigestion. This is particularly true if either of those things should lead to acid reflux, as that way the acid can end up irritating the skin on the tongue.
If you find that you have acid reflux that is causing lumps, then you need to address the reflux in order to get to the root of the problem. One of the best things you can do to prevent this problem is to eat more slowly. This way, you will break down your food more and it will, therefore, reach the stomach in a form that is less likely to cause indigestion. At the same time, it means you’ll have less trapped air in your stomach.
There are many more ways to combat indigestion and reflux too. These include consuming digestive enzymes and foods containing those enzymes, or drinking more water while you consume your food. Avoid lying down after eating or engaging in vigorous exercise too.
4. Drink More Water
Drinking more water will help you to reduce bumps on your tongue in numerous ways.
One common cause for all manner of abnormalities affecting the tongue and the mouth is dehydration. This can cause problems to the skin and flesh, but it can also cause problems if it negatively impacts your production of saliva.
Saliva contains natural antibacterial properties and so by drinking more water and producing more saliva, you can prevent the build-up of bacteria and other unwanted elements that may contribute to the appearance of bumps around the tongue. Likewise, water can also be soothing and cooling and thereby help to ease the cause of the bumps.
Marmite has long been suggested for use on ulcers. Ulcers are large and painful blisters that can form on the tongue as a result of stress or even trauma to the tongue. These then have a nasty tendency of catching on your own teeth, rubbing on things, or hurting when you drink sweet drinks or hot ones.
The advice has therefore been to try and address this problem by eating marmite and there is a lot of anecdotal evidence to suggest that this can be effective. The reason for this is not fully understood however there are two possible explanations for why it may be effective.
One is that marmite is high in vitamin B12 – and many people who have ulcers have been found to have low B12. This could simply be replacing a deficiency in that case.
At the same time, marmite is a yeast extract that may help to combat fungal infections and fix imbalances to flora.
Bumps on the tongue can be the result of an allergic reaction or a sensitivity to certain foods as mentioned. In other words, when you consume those foods and things, the tongue reacts by becoming lumpy and swollen. In the worst-case scenarios, this can actually be quite dangerous if the tongue ends up blocking the ability to breathe.
Ice has the ability to not only soothe any discomfort but also to help reduce swelling. It does this in just the same way that it might help to soothe inflammation on a joint or bruise following an accident. You shouldn’t keep the ice against your skin directly for too long as this can cause damage, but fortunately, you rarely need to worry about this in the mouth seeing as the warmth will cause it to melt anyway!
Another option is to eat ice cream. Free-reign to enjoy ice cream is surely a silver lining!
Many of the things that can cause bumps on the tongue can be exacerbated by stress. When we are stressed, this causes more blood and oxygen to be sent to the brain and the muscles to help us find a solution to our problem. At the same time, our immune systems and our digestion receive less blood and oxygen, therefore. In the wild, stress was only ever fleeting, whereas today it can stretch for weeks, days and even months.
Thus it can be very important to try and de-stress following a bad day to prevent the appearance of ulcers and other issues. Learn to detach from stressful events and consider learning skills such as meditation.
8. Saline Solution
A saline solution is a mixture of roughly a teaspoon of salt with a glass of warm water. The idea behind this is to help kill bacteria, seeing as salt is naturally anti-bacterial. Many people also find that this is quite a soothing experience and if the bumps have broken open or cracked, then this can prevent that from leading to an infection.
Take your glass of warm water, add one teaspoon of salt, and then mix up until you can’t see the salt any more. Now place it in your mouth and try gargling with it for a few minutes. You can also try swilling it around the mouth to ensure that it touches the affected area of the tongue and kills off any other bacteria while it is there!
9. Oil Pulling
Another similar strategy is to try something called ‘oil pulling’. This has been popular in India for centuries but is increasingly popular over here thanks to a number of health blogs and articles that have been raving about its virtues.
The idea is to take some olive oil or similar in the mouth and then swill it back and forth. Doing this will then help to clear away debris and anything that could be negatively impacting on your oral health. At the same time, it can also help to suffocate and kill off bacteria and yeast infections, thereby helping you to restore your mouth to full health. If nothing else, this might result in some very white teeth and better breath!
Not only does honey have many anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory benefits, but it is also highly soothing in itself and a great source of energy and various different nutrients. In other words, honey is something of a one-stop-shop for all kinds of things that the body needs, and if you let it coat your tongue as you consume it, it can very likely contribute to the reduction of lie bumps.
To use it correctly, take half a teaspoon of the honey and spread it on the impacted region. Let it rest there for around ten minutes and then swallow.
Similarly, other soothing, soft foods that happen to be antibacterial can help. A great one is yogurt, seeing as it is not only very cool and soothing, but is also a great probiotic meaning that it can help to support the healthy bacteria in the mouth and thus restore the balance of flora to where it should be. Mix a little honey with your yogurt and you’ll have a soothing and delicious treat that also does a world of good.