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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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Almost worked Comments By: Anon on 2011-06-27
I tried this and sadly it didn't work for me... I clipped the buds they both bled but when I move my tounge around my mouth they feel like their still there... I'm not saying it doesn't work for anyone else just not ms

Going to the doctor is a waste of time and money: clip it off. Comments By: Amanda on 2011-06-30
Do it, but use some common sense; wash your mouth out with listerine, clean your clippers in alcohol, be sure you are only clipping at the base, and BOOM, do it. And then it's done and you can stop griping about it on the internet. Listen, if you can pinpoint when it arrived and therefor draw a intelligent hypothesis of what specifically caused it (pringles for me. gross), and your entire tongue isn't covered with them, or some other obvious sign that you should see a doctor - clip it off.
Modern society has made everyone into such pansies. Do you honestly think a hundred years ago that if your great-grandmother would have went to her mother with a tongue bump her mother would have proclaimed "OH HEAVENS! CALL THE DOCTOR! RIGHT AWAY!" No. She'd tell her to either wait it out or if she couldn't, cut it off, but either way, to stop complaining.
Use some common sense and stop your suffering, seriously people.

Hurts so good! Comments By: Angie on 2011-06-30
I have never clipped those pesky things but I usually pinch them with my fingernails. The feeling of pain is different. It hurts yet it feels good at the same time. Odd I know. I just went in a few minutes ago and used my tweezers and I just yanked that bud off! The initial squeeze and pull made my eyes water but after it began to bleed it felt Sooo much better. I then put a dab of toothpaste on the area and swished a bit of water around my mouth. Voila! 100% better!! I highly suggest doing this.
Clip it off! Comments By: Yancey on 2011-07-01
I stumbled on this trying to find relief from my painful little bump close to the end of my tongue. I never would have considered or believed it, but it REALLY hurt! It works!!! I will do it again if I get another one and not even hesitate. Thanks for the advise!
Just did it... Comments By: Anon on 2011-07-05
I just did it and it still hurts a little but its much better then the stupid bump!
Works, Can hurt if done wrong Comments By: Anon on 2011-07-07
It is based on your diet but cutting them off is not a big deal. It takes a few times to get the skill down and if you have a low pain thresh-hold you may want to wait it out or go to doctor (which will tell you to suck it up or numb you and cut it). The mouth is a very dirty place but its also prepared for it... Are you telling me that everytime you get a little sore in your mouth your at a high risk of infection? Absolutly not... if its bugging you enough just cut it. I dont think people realize that infection is a possibility but not to the extent of what theyre saying... otherwise we would get an awful infection everytime we cut or scrape ourselves.
Swollen Taste Bud Comments By: Snapdraggon on 2011-08-16
Cut it off? That is ridiculous. They are annoying but what I do is stick my tongue out and pat with a cotton square (or not), then take a q-tip and put peroxide on the q-tip, then put the q-tip on the taste bud. Leave your tongue out for half a minute or so. Repeat as necessary and it should feel much better the next day.
Been doing it for years Comments By: Kimmie on 2011-07-18
Okay so i just clipped my swollen taste bud as I have been doing for years per my Dr telling me it was just fine to as long as i brush and cleanse my mouth before and after and use sterile clippers. I decided to Google this and saw these posts and had to comment. This method works wonders and I have yet to hear of anyone's tongue rotting out of their mouths or anything after doing so lol.
works great! Comments By: bobby on 2011-08-19
I just clipped one off that was on the tip of my tongue,hurt for a split second but it feels 100% better now. I would recommend anyone to do it.

RELIEF!! :D Comments By: Anon on 2011-07-31
OMG!!! I feel so much better. I have had an inflamed taste bud for 5 days now and it was so annoying! I couldn't take the pain any longer. So I found this website after researching and read every single comment on here. I have been biting, picking, and trying to pull it off with my fingernails for the past few days and it was really loose, like it wanted to come off, so right now it is 7:35 AM as we speak and I pulled of a majority of the taste bud and I couldn't get this last little peice off so I took my mom's tweezers, sterilized it with my rubbing alcohol, and pulled the rest off. INSTANT RELIEF!! Then, afterwards, rinsed my mouth with Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash and felt so much better. It's a little sore, but it's way more better than the unbearable pain I was going through. It does work!!!!!! :D
It does not go away!! Comments By: Anon on 2011-08-03
I had mine for about 2 weeks and it became more and more painful. Mine was on the tip of my tongue so I tied it off with a piece of string that I soaked in alcohol leaving the string long enough to be able to pull the string and not hang out of your mouth (lol) on both ends and left it on for about 1 hr and then I pinched it off with thin tweezers that I also cleaned off with alcohol. I felt a slight pinch and the papillae came right off. Sounds weird but by doing it this way there was no bleeding! Not one single drop and like I said before just a slight pinch and huge relief afterwards:) By the way I work for a dentist and he laughed when I told him this and said that it was a great idea!
i did it Comments By: eve on 2011-08-21
befor i took your advise i for a hole night i put an ice cube on it, it helps but the pain comes back. so i took your advise, it hurts! and the pain is the same as befor. i am going to wait a day to see f the pain will go away, but for now it feels better.
Been doing this every few years for a loing time. Comments By: Greg on 2011-08-12
I've been getting one or two of these every once in a while for my entire adult life. Back when I was younger (pre-internet), I had a particularly painful one and came up with the "crazy" idea of using clean nail clippers to remove the offending papillae. It worked like a charm. I'm a little surprised to see how many people came up with the same solution independently.

I'd advise anyone desperate enough to take the leap to follow proper hygienic precautions. IANAD and this post does not constitute medical advise, of course.

Tie a loop of dental floss around it and... Comments By: Average Joe on 2011-08-25
I cleaned my mouth with Listerine, sanitized the clippers. Taking a length of dental floss and tying a loop, I laid the loop over the enlarged and protruding taste bud. I slowly tightened the loop until it became very tight, then I sprayed the tip of my tongue with sore throat spray to numb it. After tightening the loop a bit beyond my comfort level I started to pull on the floss for close to 15 seconds and much to my surprise the floss popped off with the tiny loop intact. I looked in the mirror and the taste bud (papilla) was sitting in a perfect position, so I grabbed the clippers and POOF it was gone! It hurt for just a moment and it bled for a while, but it was 100% worth it to be done with that aggravation.

In my case I had caught one taste bud between a tiny space behind my front teeth on the backside and instinctively jerked my tongue when I felt the sensation. It pulled the papilla up and over time it had formed a white looking bump on the tip of my tongue. I had been living with this protruding taste bud for well over a year and it was annoying as ####. When I found this thread I read every single bit of it and went and did it!


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