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How to Get Rid of White Bumps on the Side of Your Tongue

author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
How to Get Rid of White Bumps on the Side of Your Tongue
The tongue is sensitive to sharp objects and acidic foods. Photo Credit tongue macro image by Undy from Fotolia.com

White bumps that occur on the top, side and bottom of the tongue are normally inflamed taste buds, or papillae. This happens when too much acid from foods or a puncture to the taste bud irritates the tongue and causes a small infection. These usually go away on their own, but there are things you can do to speed up the process.

Step 1

Rinse your mouth with warm salt water two to three times daily. The warmth helps reduce swelling and pain, while the salt promotes drying of the pus that is trapped inside the taste bud.

Step 2

Apply a small dab of milk of magnesia onto the bump to soothe irritation and neutralize the acid in the mouth. This prevents further damage to the taste bud.

Step 3

Eat soft foods during the healing process, which lasts from three to seven days. Avoid foods and drinks that are highly acidic such as pizza, tomatoes, citrus fruits and juices, and sodas. These foods and drinks can further irritate and inflame the infection while worsening the pain.

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Step 4

Apply a numbing gel used for teething babies to the affected area. This provides temporary pain relief, while forming a protective coating around the bump. This helps promote healing while keeping further irritation away.

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