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Inflammation in one of my circumvallate pap



Hello. I noticed two days ago that I felt pain when swallowing and when I looked I noticed that one of the bumps (circumvallate papillae) in the back of my tongue has become swollen, larger, and painful compared to the rest which are all normal and painless. I do seem to be getting a cold, and I scrape my tongue daily with a plastic scraper to avoid the white coating that always builds up. Is it possible I have injured it with the scraper or with some food or is this due to getting a cold? And, how long should I wait before I see a doctor for more evaluation if the pain continues? Any palliative care in the meantime? Thank you!


Give it two weeks to heal.

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David Lee Hall, DDS David Lee Hall, DDS
Clinical Associate Professor of Primary Care
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University