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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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YEAH SO IT SWELLS Comments By: Jeff Riecken on 2009-04-30
Works Comments By: Eddy on 2009-05-21
I've been doing this for years. Nice to see that I am not the only one. Usually my sore buds are on the tip of my tongue so I use my front teeth to bite them off. It is rather easy and painless. I think they grow back? Someone might look in to that for confirmation.
The ONLY answer.... DONE IT FOR YEARS!! Comments By: Rachel on 2009-05-24
Yes, after suffering from these non-stop for years I decided to just pull it off. I first started using tweezers and pulling it off and THIS was better than leaving them on... Then I got nail clippers and it's the FIRST thing i do when i feel one now...
It's WELL worth it!

a) dry the spot on your tongue where it is as good as possible (wiping it and air drying it)
b) clean the nail clippers first
c) you can try to gently bite on your tongue and push the part you need out between your teeth to make it poke out more and to isolate it
d) make sure you have JUST the swollen one before pushing down the clippers and do it fast and it's all over!! (you might get a little tiny bit of blood that stops very very quickly.

Definitely recommended if you are suffering from a swollen taste bud! (especially if you have one that's hitting your teeth so it wont go down or youre one of those crazies that feel the need to rub it more because it hurts when it's rubbed!

what we all have in common: the pain Comments By: Anon on 2009-05-25
Thanks for the tips. I'm a little too nervous to clip them off so im making a Doctors appointment, and my luck my tongue will get an infection if i do. But for the PAIN until then...SUGGESTIONS please. I read in earlier posts that ice and mouthwash can help.
I tried it... Comments By: anon on 2009-05-25
SO I get these things all the time and I just couldn't take it anymore so I googled it and found this website. I cut it off but I feel it still hurts the same...oh well It was worth shot I guess. I might try it again in the future though cuz at least the stupid bump is gone.
The Truth Comments By: Chad Kuhn on 2009-05-27
This works. I've done it for more years than I care to remember, and I do it with my finger nails rather than clippers. To all the skeptics, let me clarify a few points.

1. Taste Buds regenerate within a week.
2. The Tongue is one of the fastest healing parts of your body.
3.Your risk of infection is minimal.
4. If you get only the affected taste bud, you'll hardly notice even a drop of blood and relief is immediate.

There. I just want it known, this WORKS, and there is no lasting damage. Please just make sure you get only the affected taste bud and not you tongue, as that's the only was I see someone bleeding at all.

and that IS the truth! Comments By: Puntz on 2009-06-02
CHAD, the previous poster has it spot on. The covering of the tongue is much like the skin. The layer that has taste buds regenerates quicker than skin. The tongue and mouth are hardy - never made your gums bleed when flossing?

What I want to know is why these little so-and-so's swell up in the first place.


OMG THIS WORKS SO WELL! Comments By: Lauren on 2009-06-05
I've had it for a week and after reading these comments I clipped it off. It WORKS. I literally felt pain for two seconds, then it faded away and within five minutes my tongue is back to normal, almost NO bleeding. Just rinse with mouthwash after and make sure to sterilize the clippers :D
I did it! Comments By: Jill on 2009-06-05
Oh my gosh, I can't believe I just did that. The thing has been bothering me for 2 days so I just went and took the nail clipper and did it real fast. Bleeding a little bit, but so glad to have that over with. Already feels a million times better.
i used my fingers Comments By: michael on 2009-06-13
all last night i woke up intermittently. i had to move my tongue to various parts of my mouth so that the stupid bud did not hit my teeth. i just (2 min ago) went into the bathroom, held my tongue in my fingers, and "clipped" the bud with my fingernails. it is incredible. i have 0 pain now.
You're crazy! Comments By: Hayley(: on 2009-06-16
First of all, i didn't know what the heck that stuff we were supposed to clean the nail clippers with was, so i used alchohol instead. When i attempted to clip the swollen taste buds, they began to bleep profusely! It was horrible pain and I ended up getting an infection. People, DO NOT FOLLOW THIS ADVICE.
works like a charm.... Comments By: zd on 2009-06-17
pain was probably a 8 as far as tongue pain goes, did a search, granted they arent swollen taste buds, but i went ahead and tried cutting them (like 4) off anyways....k, 2 words...miracle cure....works like a f'n charm. Thanks guys...figured out what caused it, those chips named "munchies" with the variety of chips..ate like 2 of the vendor machine bags, had to be the culprit!
I use TWEEZERS, but want to know--is the bud gone forever? Comments By: Barbie on 2009-06-17
I have had these, and initially it seemed NO one I knew had a clue what I was talking about, then my friend got them and sympathized. I just would use tweezers and pull it off, even though it was so slippery...but I was always worried it wouldn't grow back..I mean you'd think it's no big deal you have thousands of them....but if you get several of these a year, you already lose your sense of smell and taste a bit as you get older, and I LOVE food...I don't know if I want to risk it...I wish I knew if it'd be gone forever...maybe I could try the pin idea and pierce it....because it DOES relieve it! As SOON as I'd pull it off, you'd THINK it'd hurt WORSE, but it was RELIEF! ALSO, to the worried posters, I am a germ conscious person myself, I don't like the word germaphobe, I think the rest of us SHOULD be as aware...anyway the mouth is the fastest healing area of the body.
i HOPE it works... Comments By: EJ Capiendo on 2009-07-05
omg i just did it. i clipped off 2 and the 1st 1 bled a little... then when i clipped off the other 1, the 1st 1 just stopped bleeding and kinda healed! im still waiting 2 the 2nd 1 to stop bleeding... right now i have a wet tissue over my tongue to help it stop lol... but its kinda working i guess... it was bleeding like CRAZY and it kinda hurt but and tickled a little too! idk y... lol so i think you should try clipping them off since everyone else is saying that it works...

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