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Swollen Taste Bud, clip it off

Submitted by Karen Alexandre

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).

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Perfect solultion! Comments By: mindbattle on 2009-11-07
I just did it! It was hurting so bad and instant relief! I will do this again!
but what's the cause??? Comments By: wannaknowwhy on 2009-11-07
I do the same thing and have been for years....there's pressure from the little bumps and removing them with a nail clipper relieves it and it heals in a day or 2, but what are they from? Is it a vitamin deficiency or a food allergy? BTW it's relief that tons of people do this too!!!!
Clip it... Comments By: Ambyr Marie on 2009-11-13
I get these a LOT. Anytime I get too much vitamin C especially. (yes, even in tablet form) and for the last two weeks, I have had far more than usual, and I have no idea why. Next time I go to the doctor, I will bring it up, but I am NOT going just for that. So, just as I have done for the last couple of years, I will continue to clip them. It works well, and feels much better than having them there!
WOT? Comments By: Anon on 2009-11-22
Who the hell in their right mind would listen to this tip? ONLY IF YOU AN IDIOT, PLEASE DO NOT DO THIS!!! It can cause serious damage to your taste buds and even cause heart problems, you DO NOT want to do this.
seriously don't Comments By: buttskin on 2009-11-23
I tried this before when I thought of it on my own and figured it might help to get rid of the pain quicker, as well as the annoyance. All I can tell you is that it's a bad idea. The taste bud will bleed. It hurts like a bitch. And, the worst part, it took way longer than usual for the thing to heal. like almost 2 weeks instead of a few days. Bad idea. I'm not lying.
do it! Comments By: aaron on 2009-11-23
so i woke up with one, googled it, and have also had many before that last for days if not a week. so i took a leap and just cut it after reading, bleed for a bit and worked like a charm. so glad i decided to do it, just saved myself days of pain.
finally gone Comments By: Anon on 2009-11-25
Ive tried this once before and couldn't remember if i concluded it was a bad idea or not. I just did it now and the bumps are gone and dont bother me but the would on my tounge is sore. I can definately say not as bothersome as the bumps were. It doesnt hurt to rub my teeth against my tounge right now but it is more sore when i try to curl or roll my tounge. Actually the pain has dimmed down as I've been typing and Im so relieved. These things have been bothering me for a week now, and i cant stand them. i get them a few times a year and I hate them more than anything. I am so glad i found this post today.
What a relief! Comments By: Nessa on 2009-11-29
I have been clipping off my swollen tazste buds since i was 8 or 9 years old after eating batches of sour patch kids or lots of salted popcorn.
I have always thought of them as "worn out" taste buds when they start hurting and then turn white or red and raised.
Clipping them off with cuticle scissors or nail clippers is best becasue they are sharp and more precise. The initial clip is no more painful than popping a zit, but as soon as you have clipped it off, AHHH the relief! Just remember to clip it as far down to the base as possible, and not just the raised part or you will have to cut it again.

Just did it after reading Comments By: Anon on 2009-12-02
Decided to clip after reading comments posted here, was pretty easy.. not too painful. it is less irritating however its not a DRAMATIC difference.
COMPLETELY TRUE Comments By: HEATHER on 2010-08-05
Can't hurt to try it. Comments By: Cee on 2009-12-18
I was going to try this, but, after examining it in a magnified make up mirror, found that the bump was already loose from the surface of the tongue. I also found that after poking and proding at it that the pain wasn't there anymore. So mess with it before you eat and the pain dissipates.
Also, people are saying you can get an infection, but the saliva in your own mouth acts as a natural antiseptic. That is why if you ever get a cut and don't have access to a antiseptic, you are supposed to use your own saliva. It also has healing properties.

It works, but be careful! Comments By: WendyW on 2009-12-22
It works, but please be careful not to snip off adjacent parts of your tongue. That's probably what happened to the person who now has it hurting more. Also, snip the whole bud or "papilla" off, not just part of it. Brush your teeth and tongue first. Do use mouthwash afterward.
Do it with Tweezers! Comments By: Zima on 2009-12-24
Ah I just read a bunch of these and I was truly skeptical like some of the posters said. I really didn't want it to hurt since that was my main concern and I didn't really want to bleed so much. I just couldn't take it anymore since I could barely eat since the bud would always hit my teeth and cause immense pain. Even when swallowing!!

I usually get these when I burn my tongue or eat too much salty snacks.

Here's how I did it, no pain at all!:

1) take a q-tip and dab orajel or whatever kanker mouthwash you have and hold it on the bud.
2) Take some Ambesol and put it on the other side of the q-tip and hold it on the bud, this should numb it enough so that you don't feel any pain when taking that bugger off.
3) Wash off your tweezers, soap and warm water is sufficient if you don't have rubbing alcohol ready. It gets really slippery to try to either dab it dry or hold it in place with your fingers and relax your tongue.
4) Make sure you have the right taste bud! You can tell easily incase you can't feel it if it's hanging out among the rest. Take your tweezer and clamp it on the top part of the bud so you won't pull off excess which may cause bleeding. Pull off quickly. You might see the small little bud on your tweezers.
5) Wash it off and you're done. You may want to hold a tissue to your tongue in case you do bleed a bit but it souldn't be too much!

Honesty..this works Comments By: redgirl4ya on 2009-12-28
I have been doing this for years..no infection ever.. and I am a rather sickly person..I use my fingernails and the gargle with Listerine...just keep mouth clean..instant relief no reason not to do this...

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