Patient :I noticed these bumps on the right base of my tongue three days ago. They aren't hurting, but they are tender and swollen and red. What is going on? I've already ordered a suite of STD tests and am waiting to hear back. I do not have a sore throat nor do I see these bumps anywhere else.
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Noted the history of bumps on the right side of the base of the tongue 3 days ago, tender, swollen and red, ordered STD - no sore throat.
The commonest causes for such bumps are:
Since the history is of short duration of 3 days and there is redness and tenderness an inflammatory lesion can be suspected.
I would advise a course of an antibiotic and anti-inflammatory medicine for 5-7 days and see the results.
Please give feedback related to the response to treatment, reports of STD tests, whether the neck has lymph nodes on the same side in the upper parts.
Hope this helps,
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