sir im male 28yrs.i observed two red and small circles of diameter not more than 5mm on two sides of top surface of tongue near my throat two months back(i dont know how long i had those).actually i dont have any pain but those r flat to see but feeling slightly raised when i touch.i smoke daily 2 cigerettes for 5 years and dont drink i completely quit smoke after observing those circles.immediately i went to dentist he didnt tell reason but adviced me to take b complex tabs.he said that if those patches increasing in size it wl b i always worrying and cannot concentrating on anything.after that i went to ent specialist and then he said those r just taste buds and he said nothing to worry.he didnt give medicine also.i was very happy at that exactly 2 months completed for this entire thing.i have those red flat circles as it is.and now i felt i have small red scratches and very small areas on top surface of tongue in the throat below those two circles.pls help what r these and i saw many tongues of my friends they have small white bumps where exactly i have those red flat can i cured.can i have any cancer.what can i do...pls help me...i dont have any health problems till now

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  • Dr.Ritz

    Dr.Ritz 19 - November - 2011, at 04:30 AM

  • Raised protrusions on tongue are called as papillae which have taste buds present. There are 4 types of papillae on tongue which are fungiform papillae, foliate papillae, filiform and circumvallate papillae. Filiform papillae are most numerous papillae. Fungiform papillae are present on apex of tongue and circum vallate papillae are present on back portion of tongue.  Red circles on your tongue can be circumvallate papillae which are present on the dorsum surface of back portion of tongue and are 10-14 in number. These papillae may appear more prominent and appear as red circles after throat infections, viral infections or some fungal infections. Scratches can be because of sore throat or can be because of some bacterial, fungal infection. Without clinical examination and tests, it is difficult to give definite diagnosis. You can consult your dentist to get them examined. He may also do a biopsy to rule out any malignant condition or cancer. If they are not increasing in size and are not painful, then you don’t have to worry much about them. To avoid any secondary infections, you can do warm saline rinses 3-4 times a day and keep the tongue clean to avoid any secondary infections. For more info on abnormalities of tongue, refer to…

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