Common Causes & Effective Natural Treatments for Lie Bumps

Lie Bumps Home Remedies

Anytime you have inflamed taste buds and bumps on your tongue it can make everything extremely difficult. Talking and eating would be the last thing you would think about due to the unbearable pain. Lie bumps on the tongue are not something you want to deal with, but they can be managed.

Lie bumps are also known as Transient Lingual Papillitis. They are small bumps that can appear for different reasons. As long as you have mild symptoms there are some home remedies you can try to get rid of them.

What are Lie Bumps?

Lie bumps are small red or white bumps that appear on the tongue. They are often swollen and look like pimples. Even the easiest of activities, such as talking, eating or drinking, may be difficult with these bumps.

They typically show up on the tip of the tongue, the sides or at the back. A lie bump can appear for a number of reasons and affect people of all ages. Lie bumps got their name from an old tale that says whenever you lie, you would get them.

Also Read: Bumps on Lips: Causes and Home Remedies

Signs and Symptoms of Lie Bumps

It’s a lot easier to treat Transient Lingual Papillitis if you know what causes lie bumps. They normally show up pretty quickly and look like pimples. They may be red or white, and they look like swollen bumps.

The question everyone wants to know is how long do lie bumps last. They typically last a few days and go away on their own. Some symptoms that come along with lie bumps are tingling, burning, or itching sensation on the tongue.

Other people have no symptoms besides the bump itself. If your lie bump comes with other symptoms you might have Eruptive Lingual Papillitis, which is basically the same thing as lie bumps except it is usually a contagious virus.

You can prevent lie bumps (Transient Lingual Papillitis) by preventing few of the symptoms.

Possible Causes of Lie Bumps

There is more than one possible reason for the query which concerns most of the people, “what causes lie bumps?” They are pretty easy to get rid of, but they do stay for a little while before they clear up.

Few causes of lie bumps could be hormonal fluctuation or oral cancer. The main cause of lie bumps are irritation, rubbing, or foods that scrape while you’re eating. Here are some of the possible causes for lie bumps.

1. Hormonal Fluctuations

During pregnancy or menses many hormonal fluctuations occur in a women’s body. This is why women are more prone to lie bumps than men.

Lie bumps caused due to hormonal imbalances heal on their own in a few days. If the bumps continue to be persistent and painful it may be best to consult with a doctor.

2. Allergies to Food or Medication

Being allergic to a certain food or medication can cause lots of problems, especially if you aren’t aware of the allergy. According to the Pediatric Dentistry journal food allergy causes your tongue to swell (1). This in turn causes the taste buds to inflame and leads to lie bumps on tip of your tongue.

Allergies are a response from the immune system. They can be accompanied by watery eyes, itchy nose, sneezing, or swollen tongue, lips, face, or eyes. British Journal of Dermatology states that people prone to allergies are at a higher risk of lie bumps than those don’t (2).

3. Vitamin B Deficiency

If your body has a lack for any vitamins or nutrients it will start to act out and show you that something is wrong and missing. Various studies prove that vitamin B deficiency is related to ulcers or lie bumps. It can act out in many different ways, lie bumps being one of them.

One such study is published in Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research (3) (4). To prevent the occurrence of lie bumps one should consume a diet rich in vitamin B12 such as meat, eggs, seafood, and dairy products. You can also take vitamin supplements after consulting with your doctor.

4. Stress

Your body can become overwhelmed by stress and start to break down. According to dermatologist, Dr. Dyall-Smith, stress can be a major cause of lie bumps.

Stress can affect you mentally and can even cause ulcers, pimples, etc. Use essential oils such as lavender, chamomile, bergamot, and lemongrass to get relief from stress.

5. Overloading on Sugary Foods and Drinks

High intake of sugar can irritate your tongue and make your taste buds swell. Lie bumps due to sugary foods are more common in children.

6. Tongue Burns

Burning your tongue can cause a series of reactions, such as lie bumps and blisters in your mouth. The tissues in the tongue are very sensitive. Damage to these tissues can make the taste buds swell.

Depending on the severity of the burn the tissues in the inner cheeks or gums may also get damaged. Few other causes of tongue injuries leading to bumps can be ill-fitting dentures, biting your tongue, or injuries while brushing teeth.

7. Spicy or Acidic Foods

Eating spicy and acidic foods may also cause lie bumps. Consumption of such foods during lip bumps will make them worse.

The worst are foods such as Indian, peppers, spices, or even citrus fruits. You should keep a track of the foods which cause tongue inflammation and avoid consuming them.

8. Smoking or Alcohol

Drinking alcohol or smoking is harmful to your body. It can decrease your immunity and apart from the bumps it can also lead to tongue cancer. According to the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, smoking or drinking leads to taste bud inflammation which in turn causes lie bumps.

The best way to get rid of lie bumps caused due to these reasons is to quit these unhealthy habits immediately. It will also improve your overall health as well.

Diagnosing the Lie Bumps

If it has been a week or more and the bumps are still persistent you should see a doctor. A biopsy of the bump may help to treat it better. Biospy is removing a small section of the bump and examining it.

It’s a pretty routine procedure which shouldn’t take too long. You should have nothing to worry about.
Children with painful and recurring bumps should be taken to their pediatrician for diagnosis.

How to Get Rid of Lie Bumps: 5 Effective Home Remedies

Transient Lingual Papillitis isn’t normally harmful and aside from pain and discomfort they don’t pose a risk to your health. As long as your symptoms are mild, the bumps don’t require any sort of treatment.

How to get rid of lie bumps? If you would like to get rid of them quickly, here are some at home treatments you can try.

1. Salt Water

Salt is anti-bacterial. The salt water can be painful at times, but it is very effective and will clean your mouth and help speed up recovery.

What You Need:

  • Warm Water
  • Kitchen Salt

How to Prepare:

  • Mix the warm water with a tablespoon of kitchen salt in a bowl or cup
  • Gargle the mix for around 20 minutes
  • Repeat two to three times a day for the best results

2. Warm Water Mixed with Fig

Fig has been used for bumps on the tongue and in the mouth for a long time. It has great healing properties.

What you Need:

  • Dried fig
  • Milk or water

How to Prepare:

  • Boil a teaspoon of the dried fig with a cup of water or milk for 10 minutes
  • Drink the mixture while it’s warm
  • Repeat two times a day for best results

3. Hydrogen Mix with Water

Hydrogen peroxide is an effective and affordable remedy for lie bumps. You can mix it with water and use it as a mouth rinse.

What you Need:

  • Three percent hydrogen peroxide solution
  • 1/4 cup of water
  • Clean cotton swab

How to Prepare:

  • Add the peroxide and water together
  • Stir them well
  • Use the cotton swab to apply the mix to your bumps
  • Let it sit for 10-15 minutes
  • Repeat two to three times a day for best results
  • Discontinue use if it irritates your mouth

4. Mint Leaves

Mint leaves are a great remedy to ease pain and discomfort caused due to lie bumps. The mint is loaded with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

What you Need:

  • A tablespoon of fresh mint leaves

How to Use:

  • Chew the leaves for 20 minutes before bed. Do not swallow them
  • Repeat daily for a week

5. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera is a wonderful healing agent. It is full of antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-itching, and antibacterial properties.

What you Need:

  • Aloe vera extract

How to Use:

  • Use the gel to rinse your mouth
  • Repeat two to three times a day for best results

These home remedies are very effective in treating the lie bumps. They will surely help you get rid of the pain. But if it continues you should consult your medical doctor. But now that you know what causes lie bumps it is better to avoid them.

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James Concato

James Concato is a Hospital Administrator in the Chicagoland area. He has been in healthcare for more than 25 years. He holds a Masters Degree in Healthcare Administration from Quinnipiac University and has worked in or lead many different departments. Writing on cancer treatment and cancer prevention through natural treatments is his passion. James, like many others, has had family members pass away from cancer and he knows that Cancer screening is the key to better outcomes. As an administrator of different physician practices like Pediatrics, Surgery, Anesthesia, and Oncology James brings a wealth of knowledge to his writing. James is interested in educating the public through his writing.