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Question about swollen taste buds

06/01/2007

Question:

Hi. I`ve been trying to research this on the internet and haven`t found any straight froward answers. I get these tiny little swollen taste buds. It seems like at least once a month and I haven`t been able to pin point what causes them. They`re very painful and last at least a couple of days.

It seems I`ve had this for years. I thought I had actually caught it from a former friend years ago who told me she got these, and I had shared a drink with her. I think that`s how I caught, which is why I`m wondering if it`s contagious. Are they contagious? I would feel terrible if I kissed someone and they caught it from me. What is it? Is it a type of herpes virus? Will it ever go away?

My ex-boyfriend never mentioned having caught this from me, but now that our relationship has ended I wanted to find out what I really have, so that if I`m lucky enough to find another relationship, that I`ll know whether or not this is contagious. Is there anything I can do to stop them or prevent them? Your assistance would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Answer:

From your description, it is very difficult to determine what your problem is or the cause of it. If in fact, you have "swollen taste buds", they can result from:

The only way to get an accurate diagnosis is to visit your dentist or an oral pathologist especially at the onset of one of these episodes.

For more information:

Go to the Dental and Oral Health Center health topic, where you can:

Response by:

D Stanley Sharples, DDS
Clinical Assistant Professor of Primary Care Dentistry
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University