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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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this happens to me constantly! normal...? Comments By: anon on 2010-04-02
for a few months now i'll have sharp pains in certain spots of my tongue i call loose taste buds. within time, they go away on their own. but once one is gone it's like another appears right away. is this normal? or something more serious? i "clipped" one out once and it was immediate relief and was great. but another just came shortly after and i think right now i have about four! what's wrong?
answer Comments By: sammie on 2010-04-05
does anybody know why this happens i have been cutting them off for years now i want to go to the doctor but i don't have time or a ride im only 15 i really would like to know the answer to this and i would like a cure or something to stop them from doing this im tired of it
no pain! Comments By: roxy on 2010-04-10
So I had one of those at the very tip of my tongue for about a couple months. I thought it would be bad to cut it off, which is a stupid thought, and as a nursing student I should have known, no harm will occur! I didn't clip it off like most people, I simply slowly bit it off! Sounds weird but just grind it in between your top and bottom teeth, and it will slowly tear! Its already dead, there's no feeling to it. The only pain occurs the closer you get to your tongue! Just rinse your mouth with listerine and your good! Feels so much better to not have that damn thing at the tip of my tongue!
Mine was small and white and now its GONE! Comments By: Vaness on 2010-04-11
I just did it. It was a small and white one on the very tip of my tongue. I have had it for a little over a week. I soon as I pulled it with some small tweezers, it just came off- NO BLEEDING!
Does Seem to work!! Comments By: Anon on 2010-04-20
I tried clipping the bud. My tongue feels better as stated by everyone else. I do have a feeling like I ate something hot and it feels a little tingly but no pain.
Too scared! Comments By: Bianca on 2010-04-21
For someone who's had their tongue pierced twice, I still can't bring myself to do it! I can't even poke it with my nail its so sore :(
Thank You! Comments By: Ryan on 2010-04-25
Used natures clippers/tweezers: fingernails. Washed hand before, squeeze and pull (do it firmly and quick!) placed a clean wet cloth on the spot after, then rinsed out mouth with cognac. Pain went from a 8/10 to a 2/10 in 1 minute!
Learn something new every day!! Comments By: Taste Bud Student 101 on 2010-04-24
Okay, so I am 39 years old and have never heard or even thought of clipping off a taste bud, but that thing was driving me crazy. It wasn't even that big, it's amazing how much a little thing can hurt. So I thought, what the heck, I tried it. I clipped it off with a nail clippers and wa la.... instant relief. It did bleed just a little bit, but not much. Oh, and I did use ambosol to numb it first. :)
I didn't use clippers Comments By: Michelle on 2010-04-28
I actually just pinched it with my finger nails and it popped right off, the pain is gone. I can rub my tongue against my teeth/gums and the darn thing doesn't hurt. it is a little tender where it was, but not nearly the annoying pain I was feeling.
Some more info Comments By: Anon on 2010-04-29
The inflamed tissue folks are describing here are not actually taste buds. They are actually called papillae. Taste buds (also a type of papillae) are all but invisible to naked eye and occur on some of, and between the visible papillae of the tongue. An inflamed papilla is likely an infection due to an injury to the tissue. The habitual grinding or rubbing the tip of the tongue against the top or lower incisors is a common cause of an inflamed papilla. People often do this in their sleep. Another cause may relate to deficiencies of the vitamin B complex. Alcoholism is known to cause vitamin B deficiencies, particularly B12 and folate. Spicy or acidic foods may also contribute to the inflammation/infection. As for snipping them off, I would advise against it, though I have done it once or twice. It worked, but the risk of infection and unintended injury to more than just the inflamed papillae probably outweigh the quick relief. If you ARE going to do it, make sure the clippers have been well scrubbed, then thoroughly sanitized with rubbing alcohol, or a 1/4 teaspoon or bleach to one cup water solution. Rinse your mouth with a chlorhexadine-containing mouthwash. A better remedy may be to simply use a chlorhexadine-containing mouthwash by itself. Depending on where you live, these are usually available OTC. I have used them, as well, without "snipping" and they've worked well for me, albeit slower. "Home surgery" is a pretty bad idea in my opinion.
Correction to "More info" Comments By: Anon on 2010-04-29
Sorry. I meant "...or a 1/4 teaspoon OF bleach to one cup water solution."

One other point: Hepatitis C is thought to be spread by shared personal hygiene tools like razors, toothbrushes, and NAIL CLIPPERS. The Hep C virus is pretty hardy outside the body, and is spread mainly by blood-to-blood contact, of which any of the items may draw. That blood- from someone else- may remain on the tool you then use while drawing blood from snipping." Be careful!

It works!!! Comments By: Momma Duck on 2010-04-29
I've been clipping these little buggers off for years and it has always worked almost instantly. Just sterilize and it should be fine. If it's a really big one, I'd probably go to a doctor though, just to be safe.
He's right. Comments By: Zach on 2010-05-04
It works. It sounds dumb but from my experience with these swollen taste buds; you leave it alone and it's going to be annoying you for at least three days; you clip it off and it's done and over with. I've never really bled even..
Greaat Advice(; But it Hurts, hgaha :)) Comments By: Vanessa,<3 on 2010-05-04
Haha, i Have one on My Tongue Because i Bit it a Few Days Ago D; it Hurts to a Small Amount but the Thing is That its Super Annoyingg -___- Haha, But im Too Freaked Out to Clip it Off, andd i Was Trying to Pull it Off And it Hurt So So Badd ;/ So im Going to Let it Be, For a Whilee(; Haha, But i Think this is Great informationn :DD

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