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What to Do to Help an Injured Taste Bud Stop Hurting

Posted on 4/26/2021 by Dr. David Welton
What to Do to Help an Injured Taste Bud Stop HurtingTaste buds help us distinguish sweet, sour, and bitter tastes. This is because of the sensory cells in them. Each of these cells is connected to nerve fibers that send the message to the brain when you have bitten something. Equally, if you injure your taste buds, the nerve fibers will send the message to the brain, and you will feel the pain.

What Are the Causes of Swollen Taste Buds?

Taste bud injuries may result from infections, allergies, acid reflux, dry mouth, vitamin deficiency, and oral cancer. Usually, an injured taste bud will heal on its own. If they do not, you will need to see us for further exams. If you experience a high fever, cough, and pain that does not go away along with your injured taste bud, it would be best to book an examination with us. During the examination, we will look at the texture, size, and color of your tongue, and if we suspect oral cancer, we will recommend a biopsy.

How Do You Stop Pain from Injured Taste Buds?

If you have an injured taste bud, with the help of our professionals, you can relieve the pain at the comfort of your home. If your taste bud results from acid reflux or allergy, you can take antacids and antihistamines, as prescribed by our professions. You can also avoid foods that trigger acid reflux or allergic reactions. If your taste buds hurt due to an infection, antibiotics will come in handy to rid the infection. You will also need to adopt good oral hygiene to prevent bacteria buildup in your mouth. Behavioral changes, such as quitting smoking, will also help keep such injuries at bay and reduce the risk of oral cancer. Finally, you should avoid acidic foods such as citrus and spicy foods, which often irritate the tongue and injure the taste buds. For more details on managing painful taste buds, contact our office today.
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