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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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Are you serious? Comments By: Dr.Anna Stewart on 2011-01-18
I cannot believe that anybody would be stupid enough to suggest this practice en masse via the internet. The tongue is very sensitive, easily infected and can bleed profusely after even a small cut.

Your body is like a finely tuned engine. If something 'minor' goes wrong, such as a spot or a swollen 'taste bud', there is a reason. Food is fuel for the body - put cheap contaminated petrol or diesel into your car engine and you'll have problems. Same with your body - fill it with processed foods, artificial sweetners, excess alcohol, etc. and you'll have problems.

These are a sign that your body is not being fed the right food - several people have mentioned salty seeds/nuts as a possible cause and they could be right - too much salt is bad for your body - it causes high blood pressure, kidney problems etc.

The cure is simple - eat as much unprocessed food as possible, get at least 5 portions of fresh veg and fruit every day. Avoid junk food such as crisps, salted nuts, salted seeds, chocolate, alcohol in excess. Small treats every now and again are ok but not every day, I like my chocolate too but keep it as a treat for Sunday afternoons! Small portions of unsalted, unprocessed nuts and seeds are good for you but 7/8 nuts is a more than adequate portion. Oral hygiene is also very important, brush your teeth twice a day and floss every night at bedtime, no matter how tired you are. There is ever growing evidence that heart disease is strongly linked to oral hygiene and that heart disease begins in early teens, by the time any symptoms appear the damage has been done.

If you can honestly say you eat a healthy balanced diet, excellent oral hygiene, and an overall healthy lifestyle, but are still having problems, then please go and see your doctor or dentist asap to get checked out. Don't 'cut it off' DIY style at home, you could end up with even bigger problems such as infection, unstemmed bleeding, and even miss the early symptoms of mouth cancer.

As a GP I would rather see patients when problems start rather than 5 years later only to discover they have been cancerous and it's too late to do anything about it. Remember that is what your GP is for - 5 minutes in their surgery could save years of heartache later in life and any good doctor will not see people with symptoms such as these as 'time wasters'.

Please, please DO NOT cut these off your self at home!

Clippity clip!! Comments By: Owwweiiee on 2011-01-22
I just tried it and feel much better!!!!!!
been doing it for years Comments By: lol doctors on 2011-01-23
This always has worked for me. I like how the good doctor came in to tell everyone to stop relying on home remedies and instead to tell us that we have scary cancer, so everyone quick, run to your doctor because he or she needs to buy another sports car.
Yeah, I'm guilty Comments By: Urban Sidhe on 2011-01-31
And have never gotten an infection from it so there. I've been doing this for a long time. Never any issue and the pain goes away with only a bit of soreness left behind that will go away in an hour or so. Despite what some people on here say, yes your tastebud will grow back. In fact you have hundreds dying and being replaced right now.
This is what I've done for years! Comments By: mm on 2011-02-05
I had always wondered what caused them and after all this years went to Google and here I am. This is exactly what I do. I can not describe how litterally 5 secs of pain can make days of discomfort worsening worth it.

It works people. It really does. I bite my tounge just before the swollen bud and then snip it off. Bleeds for 3 secs done.

It works! Comments By: Skeza on 2011-02-07
Tiny bit of bleeding but did my with surgical scissors. Little soreness after but its hell better then having that swollen taste bud annoying me. Just feels like getting my tongue pierced all over again.

Plus who ever said its stupid to cut em off, PFFT your mouth has bacteria YES but good bacteria that helps heal your mouth. If you didnt know your mouth is the fastest healing parts of your body.

..... Comments By: JokerChoker on 2011-02-07
Lets be logical here guys, cutting, picking, or popping will not hurt your tongue. Your body is made to withstand the worst of sickness, cutting your bud off will not kill you. its perfectly fine because your body heals. Its kind of like scraping your knee, will you freak out? probably, but come on think real hard, I know that dusty brain isn't that slow. but heres the knee slapper, you do what you want to do. You can keep thinkin what your thinking while others do what they do. it wont much matter on any of your says because when it comes to pain, people dont think twice on getting rid of it.
Finally Relief Comments By: No More Pain on 2011-02-07
I have always has this problem with my taste buds after eating spicy or real hot foods. When I was younger my mother called them lie bumps, that you would get after telling a lie lol. Needless to say just an old wise tail. After googling this and coming across this thread I stepped out on faith and tried the removing the taste bud with the clippers. OMG IT WORKED GREAT, A SEC OF PAIN THEN THE ISSUE WENT AWAY! I am very skeptical when it comes to things like this, but I am so glad I did it. I can't believe I never knew this before. Those other remedies MIGHT work, but they take days to see results. The results from this was instant. I sterilzed my clippers rinsed my mouth out with peroxide, added so anbesol and clipped, no problems. I had three and the other two I did without any anbesol and it was stilla breeze. I would suggest this remedy to anyone. Trust me it worked great>>
Works a treat Comments By: chriz m on 2011-02-13
Used to by em off, but forgot about nail clippers! I had one that reocurred for years and had enough so bit the sucker off, pain free!
This is Genius Comments By: MattyMatt on 2011-02-13
I have to say as many other comments I was extremely skeptical when I read these comments. But I knew my girlfriend was coming home soon and would probaly stop me, so I sterilized my mouth, the nail clippers by using a match on them and using alcohol. I then pulled the taste bud up and snipped it. I seriously didn't feel it at all. I would recommend ambesol if your concerned. But just make sure you get the taste bud only. It is literally 5 minutes later and it feels sooo much better. Go ahead do it.
I use my fingers - but yeah - get rid of it Comments By: CNZN on 2011-02-15
I'd never use a pair of fingernail clippers but hey to each his own. I just use my fingernails (after carefully washing my hands of course) and pop it. Hurts MUCH less afterwards. Barely noticeable.

A word to all of those "you'll get an infection and die" people on here...Seriously? Of course you have a lot of bacteria in your mouth but you can't honestly think that every time you have a sore/bite your cheek/etc. that you're going to get an infection. A normal person with a normal immune system and proper oral hygiene will have very little chance of infection. My god don't you remember when you were a kid and losing your baby teeth??? You had open gaping bleeding holes where teeth fell out to make way for the permanent ones and that didn't kill you! And kids are far less picky about what else goes into their mouths when this happens!

WHY DIDN'T I DO THIS SOONER? Comments By: Relieved on 2011-02-23
My swollen taste bud was toward the back of my tongue on the top. Very much protruding and I could feel it on the roof of my mouth. It would make me actually gag at times and has been there for several days. After reading these comments, I figured I would give it a shot. Immediately I cleaned tweezers with alcohol and pulled it off. It did not bleed hardly at all and the pain was very mild. WHY DIDN'T I DO THIS SOONER?! It really does work!
Hate those things. Comments By: Anon on 2011-03-02
It works perfectly. I had one in a spot where it rubbed against the roof of my mouth on all of my aveolar consonants 'n such and was driving me crazy.

You can also sterilize the clippers/tweezer with fire; just make sure to let it cool first.
Once you clip it off do not squeeze on it and write on your wall with the blood. Do as I say, not as I do. :D

I just tried it..... Comments By: Nelson on 2011-03-03
...and it worked!! I had two of them, side by side. I took care of one first, and after it stopped bleeding (3 minutes of a very light trickle), I went and took care of the other. Ten minutes later, Im back here telling you how it went. No pain at all. Like nothing happened. I sterilized an angled nail clipper by holding it over a flame and then holding it under hot water for about a minute. Now its like I never had any of those lil suckers.

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