Most bumps on the tongue arenБt serious, but some are. Cancerous
usually appear on the sides of the tongue rather than on the top. The most common type of cancer to develop on the tongue is. Oral tongue cancer appears on the front part of the tongue. The lump may be gray, pink, or red. Touching it may cause bleeding. Cancer can also occur at the back, or base, of the tongue.
It may be harder to detect, especially because thereБs no pain at first. It may become painful as it progresses. If cancer is suspected, your doctor will probably take a tissue sample for examination under a microscope (biopsy). Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, depending on the type and stage of cancer.
Lie bumps will appear as red or white swollen bumps on the tongue. Some people think they look or feel like pimples. They can be painful, even when you arenБt eating or drinking. Some people experience burning, itching, or tingling sensations on their tongues. Still others have no symptoms or pain aside from the actual bump. If your lie bumps are accompanied by other symptoms, you may have eruptive lingual papillitis.
Eruptive lingual papillitis has the same distinct red or white painful bumps, but itБs possibly caused by a virus. This means itБs contagious. ItБs accompanied by swollen glands and fevers and is most common amongst children. It can take up to two weeks to resolve instead of a few days.