ZocdocAnswersWhat are bumps on the back of my tongue?

Question

What are bumps on the back of my tongue?

Tiny bumps on my tounge

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Thank you for your question. This is a question that is often asked to otolaryngologists - head and neck surgeons as well as many other doctors, and I recommend that you speak with your doctor. While they could be something as simple as the normal bumps that all of us have at the back of the tongue (the area of the circumvallate papillae can feel rough and bumpy, more so on some than on others), bumps in this region can also be a sign of something more serious. There are many conditions that can present as small bumps on the back of the tongue, and the other symptoms that you are suffering from will often provide a large clue about whether or not the bumps are anything serious. If you have had recent weight loss, a sore throat, other lumps or bumps in the neck region, as well as ear pain, these are some of the symptoms that could be concerning and should require immediate discussion with your doctor. Additionally, anything else that you have noticed recently should be discussed with your doctor to make sure that you are not missing something important. Please discuss this question with your doctor, and hope that you are able to get the answers that you need.

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