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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 worx!!! Comments By: Lizzy81 on 2010-10-22
I snip them off each time. Usually with a sterile pair of the scissors that come in a manicure set. Just make sure u snip off right where it begins to swell! no pain. Honest,
this is so funny! Comments By: Smitha Srinivas on 2010-10-22
I've read all of these. I have a swollen taste bud and it hurts and is annoying, but I'm too much of a chicken to cut it off. I will wait it out and see how long it takes to heal on its own, as an experiment.
It works.. Comments By: Matthew T. Knight on 2010-10-25
Oh yes it works.. Just adding my vote to the masses who have tried this and felt the sweet, sweet relief! Get over it you wimps! Clip the darned thing off!
5 stars for clipping...yep yep!!!! Comments By: MainGirl78 on 2010-10-29
I, like the above poster, just wanted to give my 5 star rating for clipping the damn things off. Someone here called it "self mutilation" Bwahahaha it's like biting of the dead skin around your fingernail!!! If anything, those that continue with the pain are suffering needlessly. This was THE least painful "procedure", THE quickest, most simple way of ending THE most annoying pain ever!! I'm glad I found this place. And uh hey morons, pull your heads out of your @ss long enough and you'll quit suffering too!
Seasoned Pro Comments By: Kathryn on 2010-11-01
I've been nipping these little fu*kers off for 10+ years with great results. I honestly thought I was the only person that did it... glad to know I'm not the only one! It literally takes *seconds* to "nip it in the bud" and ease your irritation. Hygiene is, of course, important. Make sure you wash your hands and whatever tool you decide to use. To those that threaten with the possible infection of the tongue or claim a loss of taste will occur- seriously?! The whole process is nothing more than you'd experience by accidentally biting your tongue!
Clip it or rip it Comments By: Ratava on 2010-11-06
I do this all the time. Well, not with finger nail clippers, but with sterilized tweezers. I identify the offending bud and pull it off. The pain is gone instantly and then I rinse my mouth with Gly-Oxide Liquid Antiseptic Oral Cleanser. Never had a problem.
DO NOT cut it off push it back in... Comments By: DarlaDarlaD on 2010-11-09
Push it back in do not clip it off... Works great too.
I use very small scissors. Comments By: Jerbear on 2010-11-17
This way you get a perfect cut. It truly is less painful than the raised taste bud itself. If it's your first time trying this, your biggest challenge is doing it. Once you do it and realize how great the results are, you will never think twice about it again.

helping hint for bleeding- put a tea bag on your tongue for 4 minutes and the bleeding will have stopped completely.

used scissors... Comments By: anon on 2010-11-13
I have had a very large one on the SIDE of my tongue, about in the middle. It got very large and swelled for about a few weeks then went down but was still kinda big. The other day it decided to swell back up again. I dealt with it all day today, debating whether I should remove it or not. Well finally I decided I couldn't stand it anymore because it rubbed against my teeth and was so huge, so I used mouth wash first, sterilized a pair of cuticle scissors, and numbed it a little with some ice. I removed it in about two snips. It bled a little bit, but I just held it firmly with a paper towel and it stopped. It already feels better, just a little sore/swollen from where I cut it. So yeah it seems crazy but hopefully it will provide some relief!!
not just one but tons ! Comments By: anon on 2010-11-23
clipping 2 or 3 seems okay but what if like the whole tip of your tongue is dead ?
"TWO WEEKS AND COUNTING" Comments By: Jeannie67 on 2010-12-04
I have an enlarged taste bud on the upper right side of my tongue. I have had this happen before but usually gone in two or three days. This time though it has been two weeks. I have tried aspirin, oragel, canker sore patches,and even pickle juice. I have been told it is a lie bump but fail to make any connection with this large of a tale that I could have told. I have considered clipping it but have to admit I'm somewhat hesitant. The discomfort is annoying and I think maybe temporary pain may be the only option left. I just may give it a try. I'll let you know what happens.
Giant Swollen Dying Taste Bud Comments By: Karen on 2010-12-09
These dying taste buds happen to me every time I've tried to take Iron Supplements. They swell up, turn red, swell more, turn white and die. Well, I just had a huge one that was excrutiating and it was too far back on the side of my tongue to try to clip. The Ambesol and such helped me to be able to eat and the thing finally died. These turn white and die so I don't see the harm in clipping them off when you can. The pain was off the charts and it was huge (like the size of 5-6 taste buds or more).
That's what I do Comments By: skippy on 2010-12-16
I don't use a nail clipper, but that little fold out scissors from a swiss army knife. It's really precise. I sterilize it before hand, reach in there and clip the little booger. 90% of the time there's no pain or problems afterward. Although a few times it has made it worse. Still, I do it almost every time a taste bud blows up.
It works...without a doubt Comments By: Jason on 2010-12-24
I wish I had known about this years ago...

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