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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 own opinion from experiance: Comments By: Charlie on 2009-03-03
In the winter my toung seems to get many swollen tastebuds. They would stay there for weeks on end, and all they did was get in the way. Cutting off my swolen tastebuds solved the prblem in no time. Needless to say, i agree with this poast.
 
Best Resolution Ever Comments By: Katrina on 2009-03-04
I've been clipping for three years now. I get about one of these a ear. Sterilize the clipper with either scaldingly hot water or alcohol-- I've been using hand sanitizer-- and get rid of the nasty bugger. I've never had an infection after this homestyle surgery..
 
A little painful, but it works!! Comments By: Heather on 2009-03-09
I hate swollen taste buds! They hurt really bad, and I always get them in the same spot, right at the tip of my tongue. It hits my teeth all day, and for a while I couldn't get any relief from them until they went away on their own. I tried this and it hurt because I had two right next to each other, but man did it work. My tongue bled for a few seconds, maybe even a minute, but I willing to taste blood for a minute for the relief from the pain! Works great. However I do suggest that you wait a few days, that way you can give it a chance to go away on your own, before you cut your tongue.
 
A little painful, but it works!! Comments By: Heather on 2009-03-09
I hate swollen taste buds! They hurt really bad, and I always get them in the same spot, right at the tip of my tongue. It hits my teeth all day, and for a while I couldn't get any relief from them until they went away on their own. I tried this and it hurt because I had two right next to each other, but man did it work. My tongue bled for a few seconds, maybe even a minute, but I willing to taste blood for a minute for the relief from the pain! Works great. However I do suggest that you wait a few days, that way you can give it a chance to go away on your own, before you cut your tongue.
 
I'm doing it! Comments By: simplytps on 2009-03-16
I have this same reoccuring & Irritating problem. Normally the ones on the tip on my tongue are instantly neutralized by using Peroxyl (peroxide mouthwash by Colgate) and they go away but for the month I have had one on the side of my tongue near the back that is larger than normal. It hurts to eat so i'm clipping it tonight! Pray for me....
 
Thanks! Comments By: Megan on 2009-03-19
I have a horrible little bugger on the tip of my tongue right now and it is driving me insane....and no matter how much it hurts, you can't stop messing with it. I can't wait to get home from work so I can cut the pesky thing off!
 
It worked! Comments By: Big Baby on 2009-03-20
I am the biggest baby and I have had a huge taste bud for the past couple of days... I did a Google search on how to get rid of it and came up with this. I was desperate not to spend the weekend in pain, so I did it.... I have to admit it does still hurt, but not anything like it did before. Thanks!
 
thought i was the only one Comments By: Anon on 2009-03-22
though i just bite mine off...
simple really...never had an infection. ever.
and it doesn't hurt at all-trust me i have a very low tolerance for pain...but biting it way better than leaving it...and besides that stupid bump is so freaking annoying...but anyway...
those saying that clipping it off hurts more than leaving it...i feel bad for you...you'll suffer so much longer than those of us who bite/clip/tweeze...=/ poor you.

 
Morons. Comments By: Anon on 2009-03-31
I can't believe I read every post.


Definitely works, I had like 10 swollen buds on the side of my tounge and I just kept irritating them more and more. Clipping them definitely solves your problems, having a little bit of pain from clipping them off for like, 5 seconds is alot better than alot of pain for a week because you're too skeptical to not do it. They do the same exact thing at the doctor's office, you're just wasting your time and money and a shitload of pain.

You're losing taste buds either way, deal with it. We lose them when we get older anywho. You're going to end up mixing your foods someday no matter what you do.

 
Yes, it works! Comments By: Anon on 2009-04-02
These things are such a pain! I've been getting them for a years now, usually 1 or 2 at a time only. Without doing any research, one day I tried cutting them off with nail clippers. It was such a relief!

Tonight, I got another one and figured I'd actually do some research to see if I was causing any long-term harm. I found this page and read through every comment.

From my own experience, if you let them be, they can last for several days or weeks. Well let me assure you, cutting them off makes them feel so much better! For a few minutes, it will bleed a bit more than a regular cut on your skin would. However, the pain is much more bearable!

Before you cut it off, it's not just a pain, but it's that kind of annoying pain like a really bad papercut. In my opinion, it's even worse than a bad papercut. If you have one of these things on your tongue, you probably know what I mean.

Well, after you cut it off, the pain is much more bearable! About 2 seconds after you cut it off, that "papercut" pain goes away and it feels more like a small cut you got 2-3 days ago that's already mostly healed.

To give you a more specific idea of how much of a difference it makes, before you cut it off the pain is around a 7 or 8 out of 10. After you cut it off, it's like a 2 out of 10; just a minor annoyance that you won't even notice unless you think about it.

If you're worried about infections, I can't give any assurances that it won't happen, but I can tell you I've cut off around 50-100 of these things, mostly without any sterilization of any sort. I just take the nail clippers, cut it off, and I'm done. I haven't been boiling the clippers or even washing the nail clippers and I haven't used any Listerine or any other disinfecting stuff (although I probably will from now on). Never had any infections or even any significant pain after waking up the next day.

I've never tried using tweezers, just nail clippers, so you could pick whichever one you want I guess. Also, like 95% of the time I cut the correct one on the first try. Just make sure you get close to a mirror and take your time (aim before you shoot) and you shouldn't be clipping any non-infected ones.

Overall, from my own experience and after reading all these comments, if you haven't tried cutting/plucking them before, I highly recommend you do it. It doesn't get rid of the pain entirely, but it's so much better after cutting it off!

 
It's more precise than the "natural cure" Comments By: Andrew on 2009-04-02
Same with me, been cliping them since I thought of it in childhood.

YOUR NATURAL REACTION IS TO BITE IT OFF or try to rub it against your teeth and pop it/grate it off.

The problem with that is its one of the causes(squishing an adjacent one with your teeth will make it swell too)

Clipping is a much more precise method of the exact same thing.

 
Bad Idea Comments By: Greg on 2009-04-05
I did this a week ago. My tounge became infected. The doctors removed 1/4 of my tounge and I have to stay on antibiotics for 2 months. But the pain did go away before it got infected.
 
It works!!!! Comments By: Ella on 2009-04-15
Just did it for the first time (cliping it off did not hurt) and the pain is gone!!!! :)
 
So pleased! Comments By: Emma on 2009-04-19
I just did it too after reading this article. I couldn't take the pain any longer and now it's completely gone. Thank you so much!
 



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