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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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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.
Weird but great idea! Gonna try it next time! Comments By: Jen on 2008-08-07
I cause these bumps in the back of my mouth by biting down while I'm asleep. (What's THAT about?) You'd never suspect this would help, but if the doc was going to charge me a bunch to do the same thing, it's going to be me!
As many taste buds as we have, I betcha we'd be okay, but it's curious - I wonder if they can grow back???

I did it last night before even finding this article Comments By: anon on 2008-08-16
I had a big swollen taste bud on the tip of my tongue that has been there for 2 to 3 months. I couldn't take it any more and last night I clipped it off with sterilized clippers. I researched it this morning, and that's how I found this article. Thought I was kind of crazy for cutting it off.Glad to know others did it to with no bac results.
I've been doing it for 18 years Comments By: Roy on 2008-08-21
I first did it out of severe annoyance after the third time getting one and yes, the pain stops within an hour. I've been doing it for 18 years now.

I am a professional piercer and I know for a FACT, you will not get an infection so long as you sterilize the clipper and only cut the bud off. The hole left is only .4mm big. And since it bleeds instantly, nothing gets in. Also the mouth is the fastest healing part of the body and your taste buds grow back, so don't worry about losing taste. The people who are screaming abou tinfection are the same kind of overreactive idiots who think cars explode in every accident.

mine hurt bad.......really bad Comments By: mommiez on 2008-08-22
ok so i just got my tounge pierced and omg my taste buds are really swollen big time and its alot of them hopefully it goes down though because the pain is killing me my brother had the same problem maybe once my tounge swelling goes down these will be less painful....oh and i have too much swollen ones to just sit there and pick em off lol theres alot!!!
Who knows Comments By: Tony B on 2008-08-29
I just tried it. Clipping them off hurt like heck, but it doesnt feel irritated anymore, just sore, which is nice. So i THINK it worked.
Cut it or suffer Comments By: Arabianbarbie on 2008-09-06
I check the stats ..Now Im convience.
Don't be scared Comments By: Jessie Steele on 2008-09-09
I get them too often either from biting my tounge or eating to many sunflower seeds, eat to many and you'll see.
Take the bud out and it bleeds to keep germs out, its not like a pore that collects bacteria. It does work.
stop biting and eating sunflower seeds.

totally works ! Comments By: SAMii on 2008-09-09
i have been doing this for yearscuz the swollen taste bud is sucha pain in the ass to deal with ! especially on the side of the tongue where i tend to get them ! as a matter of a fact i just did it today & its fine ! so as someone who has their tongue pierced (my second time having it) i can deal with a lil quick tongue pain thats gone in a matter of seconds. & there is absolutely no way to get it infected (unless ur dirty) since the mouth heals itself so for all the assholes callin the believers retarts i hope u get one on the side of ur mouth & lets see what u do ! cuz the doctor is just gonna cut it off themselves anyway ! save an expensive trip there & do it urself & heck if it makes u feel better boil the instrament u use !
sweet relief Comments By: Whitney on 2008-09-13
The only thing I would add, is that I numb the area before I clip it, and I use cuticle clippers, which pinch and seal the tissue at the base of the bud. It produces immediate relief.
I'd like to se what her tongue looks like Comments By: Erik on 2008-10-02
It might work the first couple of times, but f the problem is re-ocurring, I guess just clip and clip until you have little a "nub" left for a tongue. LOL
ok... Comments By: Kit on 2008-10-02
yeah, this does work. however, for anyone who doesn't want the ain of it, use numbing stuff like oragel, or just rinse your mouth out with warm salt water.
Another Way Comments By: Timmer on 2008-10-06
I've never tried the clipping or pinching method. I just put some listerine in my mouth and hold that area of the tongue in the listerine for a minute or so. It relieves the pain but not completely. But after two or three more applications within a day it is usually completely healed or restored to normal.
Do Not Do This. Comments By: Loveless on 2008-11-02
You should not cut off your taste buds, it is easier to get an in fection. I suggest you wait a day or two for them to heal, if they don't heal within a week go to your doctor.
Clip Them Off Comments By: Shar on 2008-11-07

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