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Red spots on the tip of my tongue

10/05/2006

Question:

I have this little red spots on the tip of my tongue and some others around the tongue, what is that? and how do i treat it?

Answer:

These sound as though they might be the small bumps of the tongue that contain many of our taste buds.  Their formal name is fungiform papilla(e).  Occasionally, these papillae can become irritated or inflamed and may appear extra white or red.  This is usually a very temporary problem, and there is no good treatment other than preventing the irritation in the first place.

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Response by:

John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD John R Kalmar, DMD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Pathology
Associate Dean of Dentistry Administration
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University