Should I Be Worried About Lie Bumps On My Tongue?

Apr 15, 2022 | Blog

The scientific name for lie bumps on the tongue is transient lingual papillitis. Such bumps are tiny red or white appearing bumps that grow on the surface of the tongue. These small bumps on the tongue emerge very frequently. Fortunately, the good news for us is that the issue resolves quickly on its own, and no medical attention is necessary. Let’s dig in a little deeper at the symptoms, causes, and its treatment plan.

Transient Lingual Papillitis or Lie Bumps on the Tongue – Symptoms

Our tongue surface is full of papillary structures all over its surface. TLP – transient lingual papillitis or lie bumps on the tongue are inflammation of these said structures. Some of the symptoms include:
These lumps show up having red or white swollen pimple-type look on the tongue. Lie bumps are excruciatingly painful, and an unsettling feeling is observed while talking or having food.

Moreover, some people feel an itchy, tingling, or burning sensation on the affected side of the tongue, having transient TLP – lingual papillitis.

Transient Lingual Papillitis – Causes

There is no definite reason for lie bumps’ appearance on the tongue. However, some common triggers are listed for you:

  • Food, either in solid or liquid form having high acidic content.
  • Eating sugary items on a daily basis.
  • Going over the stress threshold level results in an inflammatory response.
  • Eating spicy foods.
  • Stomach-related disturbances, including constipation.
  • Allergies to food.
  • Fungiform papilla trauma.
  • Local irritation.
  • Hormonal troubles.
  • Viral manifestation.
  • Cold sores
  • Mouth cancer
  • Tongue burn

Lie Bumps Diagnosis on the Tongue

If the symptoms do not start easing off even after passing a full week, then you must schedule an appointment with the dentist for a detailed checkup. Such pimples on the tongue repeatedly occur, causing extreme pain. First, the dental professional will make full history and then list up every potential trigger.

Second, they will physically examine the lie bumps on your tongue. This is done to make a proper diagnosis on its basis. However, if they are still unsure as a result of any issue and can’t confirm after it as well, they will go for a biopsy for differential diagnostics.

Don’t be worried about the biopsy; dental practitioners numb the patients’ tongues with a topical anesthetic for performing this procedure. Then a small bump present on the tongue is extracted and examined.

Treatment Plan

Following home remedies and other tips are beneficial for treating and easing off symptoms of this condition.

  • Use the saltwater solution for rinsing your mouth since it’s best for pain relief.
  • Local anesthetics for numbing the tongue.
  • Brush and floss for reducing the bacterial load.
  • Staying away from irritants and triggers.
  • Increase use of cold liquids.
  • Dairy products used, such as yogurt, ice cream, etc., for inflammation.
  • Anesthetic mouthwashes.
  • Topical steroids for pain.

Final Take Out
Lie bumps appearing on the tongue or TLP are frequent but resolvable within a week. If that does not happen, talk to one of our dentists at Champions Dental. We shall guide you further with a proper diagnosis and treatment plan. Call 281-866-0442 for more information.

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, DDS, MAGD

Dr. Esteban Garza, a Texas native with roots in the Rio Grande Valley, boasts a diverse educational and professional background. After completing his Biology degree at Texas A&M, he transitioned from teaching to dentistry, earning his DDS from Baylor College of Dentistry. Dr. Garza’s commitment to excellence for over 15 years, is evident through his extensive education in various dental specialities, culminating in prestigious accolades like the Fellowship Award in 2016 and the Mastership in the Academy of General Dentistry in 2020, achieved by less than 2% of dentists. 


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