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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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So I was in pain for like three days ugghhh how irking the thing became. I just pulled it off... ughhhh medical sterile freaks just buy fresh clippers the tongue carries the most germs..... infection won't occur its no piercing and if there is a whole its the size of one taste bud before inflammation... mouth wash is used to remove common bacteria ... pain is gone
For those obsessed with infection Comments By: imahypochondriaphobic on 2010-08-19
If you honestly believe that you are going to get a life-threatening infection from making an almost microscopic hole in your tongue then you must be a hypochondriac. Just clip away the pain and get it over with. Why pay all your hard earned cash to go and see a doctor who will do exactly the same thing. Just suck up the pain for three seconds, clip it, (you can even dab on some orajel if you are an extremely cautious person) then continue your life pain free. I've been doing this for 17 years, trust me, it's the best option.
Laughing at the over-reacters~ Comments By: Amber on 2010-08-21
Yeah I've done this for years. I've also had my tongue pierced 3 times. Basically if you're that darn worried about infection, then don't consume dairy products for a couple of days and brush your teeth after you eat or drink anything but water. Your tongue DEFINITELY IS the part of your body that is the quickest to heal. Took my tongue ring out for a tonsillectomy, came out and my piercing was healed up. Gave up on it after that last time. But yeah, clipping is the way to go. *thumbs up*
I BITE THEM OFF... Comments By: COFFYBEANS on 2010-08-22
Educate yourself,don't just read forums Comments By: Jax on 2010-08-26
There are many medical factors you need to consider here. The swollen buds can be a symptom of something else your doctor might not think to check for. If it is from eating salty or hot foods, eat yogurt. It will get rid of the inflammation.
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Try It!!! Stop wasting time in PAIN!!!! Comments By: Anon on 2010-08-31
I had been in pain for the last week! I tried everything I could think of to forget about the pain, but it hurt just to look at it. Sterilize some nail clippers, clip that painful little bugger off and rinse with Listerine! Worked like a charm and the itsy bitsy amount of pain is nothing compared to the pain I was in for a week. Just sorry I didn't do this sooner!
painless Comments By: a Zerg Roach on 2010-08-29
I just found this thread and was sceptical from clipping the thing off my tongue, but i soaked my tongue a bit in mouthwash and the alcohol made it go a little numb. Then i clipped that sucker off. It was almost completely painless and now the pain has gone away. ahhh, the internet wins again.
I've done it for years!! Comments By: Oklasooner on 2010-09-06
Yes it works! I just thought I was the only weirdo in this world that actually did it.
Easy, painless Comments By: Serein on 2010-09-07
Just tried this after 3 days in pain. Used tweezers, got hold of the bloody thing and before I could be nervous a slight movement pulled it out and I hardly noticed.

Would definately recommend trying this.

pain wussy released from taste bud of DOOM Comments By: Eleanor on 2010-09-10
So, I'm kind of a wussy when it comes to pain, so that's why this is so bizzare. My taste bud was really hurting and bugging me - to the point that I didn't really wanna eat.

I kept wanting to bite it off, but thought "jeez, what a dumb idea that would be." Frustrated by that little guy rubbing every time I swallowed, ate, thought about eating, etc., I finally looked it up.

Then, I kept asking my boyfriend..."is this a joke?" "Are they screwing with me because i would totally be crazy enough to try it." When i saw how many people responded with positive affirmations, I was like "heck, i'll try it!"

And then I did. I was frustrated because i didn't feel anything and thought I missed.

But I didn't.

The little bastard was finally gone. I noticed a little blood and went to find a paper towel, but before I could find one the bleeding stopped.

Not saying it would work for everyone, but I'm that person who takes forever to heal after piercings, the wuss who has a low pain tolerance, and it was like finally being released from prison or something. I feel like there should be a holiday just for the public education of taste bud clipping.

works Comments By: anon on 2010-09-12
pain not gone, but less.
I was desperate, and this worked!!!!! Comments By: BNIC on 2010-09-14
I agonized over an enlarged taste bud for months. I tried to bite, scrape, pluck and pinch it off. All that just made it angry. I came across this and was horrified..... but let me tell you, the split second of pain was WORTH IT!!!!!! And it wasn't nearly as bad as I thought it would be. I will definitely do this again if I have to!
OMG!!! Thank you... this totally works instantly... Comments By: Anon on 2010-09-15
Depends on how deep you clip it.. mine didn't bleed it was hanging there like it wanted to fall off but it hurt so bad.. lol then i clipped it and felt nothing.. not even the clip hurt compared to this... I Love the internet.. i was so afraid to call the DR. on something so little lol..
It works. I've done it several times. Comments By: Blett on 2010-09-17
I love salt, so obviously I get these stupid things all the time. I just cut or bite them off. I've never had an infection. The people that are saying it bleeds a lot, or that it hurt really badly to cut into it have cut far too deep. If you only cut the swollen one you shouldn't have a problem.
Thought I was nutz Comments By: anon on 2010-09-17

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