This may sound crazy.. But if you have a swollen taste bud just take a sterilized nail clipper and clip it off. I know is sounds painful but it works. You can sterilize the nail clipper with rubbing alcohol. FYI, it would be best to use the smallest nail clipper you can find like and infant's nail clipper. Try to keep your mouth clean with "Glycerin" which you can find in any health food store. Just wrap a cotton ball on the tip of your finger and saturate the cotton ball with glycerin then clean all around your mouth (gums, teeth, tongue and cud-which is the walls of your mouth).
smitty on 2008-03-04
This sounds like a load of rubbish to me because it is swollen not bad...the swelling will go away in time if you cut it off then you are let with an open sore which always seem to take longer to heal
rachel on 2008-03-11
i have to agree with the above poster - bad idea!!
that is what I do
anon on 2008-03-29
I always clip off my swollen taste buds when they happen. It hurts more to have the little thing bumping against my teeth. The little spot left is about the size of a point of a pencil.
I do this to
Dionne on 2008-04-18
It really does hurt more to leave it alone. Once you clip it off it doesn't hurt anymore and the resulting wound isn't even noticeable.
Anon on 2008-04-28
I've got a really high pain threshold and these little devils hurt like crazy. I've experimented with letting them stay or just using a tweezers to pull out or a pin to open and relieve the pressure. The sharp pain goes away instantly and the tongue heals really fast.
Great idea . . . if you want an infection to boot!
Krista on 2008-04-28
NEVER "clip" ANYTHING out or off of your tongue! Your mouth is loaded with bacteria and to intentionally cause an open wound is setting up the perfect environment in which to contract an infection. Just use some oral pain relievers and wait it out. It should go away in several days - if it lasts longer than 7-10 days, I recommend seeing an oral pathologist.
I've done this for years!
Renee on 2008-05-01
I do this and feel relief almost immediately. It hurts less right after the taste bud is removed than it did while swollen. Of course the process of taking it off hurts, but after it's gone I find I never think of it again, because it's no longer a distraction! No longer in pain! :-)
Totally Just Did It!
brittany on 2008-05-06
I did it for my first time just after reading this article because i had a giant taste bud and it has been anoying me for years. it worked great for me, i used nail clippers, do it fast, its a LOT easier. after the nail clippers i washed my mouth down with listerine and you cant even tell it was ever there!!
clipping it off works
Laura on 2008-05-08
I get swollen taste buds too. I've tried gargling with listerine, using numbing cream, salt solutions etc. nothing works. Sometimes these things last for days and days and they are horrible! Cutting it off hurts like so mildly compared to the pain you feel by not cutting it off. i recommend sterilizing nail clippers then gargling with listerine afterwards. it feels better almost instantly
Be Rite Back
Christi on 2008-05-25
IM about to try it!
I WAS skeptical....
Andrea RN on 2008-06-25
... but now a believer. I had an annoying one in the middle of my tongue that didn't go away after a week, and decided to clip it. I rinsed my mouth with mouthwash, sterilized the clippers, dried the area with a washcloth, then clipped. It hurt for a split second, then I held pressure with the washcloth for a few minutes to stop the small amount of bleeding. It instantly felt better. And it didn't get infected or anything, just went away! Problem solved!
Yeah it works
BadBud on 2008-07-05
LOL actually I've done this a number of times myself and just thought maybe I'd google it for once before clipping another. Tiny bit of bleeding, but the relief is instant.
swollen taste bud
anon on 2008-07-27
I took a pair of tweezers pulled it out pain was gone instantly.
It's you or the Dr.
Dr. J on 2008-08-01
My mother feels the same as the others (who have never done it) and wanted the Dr. to look at it. He cuts it off right there in the office. I had one and wanted to save the trip and the shot, so I bit mine off with my front teeth. I liked this approach becuase you naturally bite when you feel pain so you just keep on biting until it's off. THE PAIN WAS GONE INSTANTLY! No problems after that and I enjoyed a wonderful lunch. To all those who think the lose of one taste bud is damaging, you must not know you lose hundreds of taste buds over the later years of life.