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Lie bumps

Lie bumps (transient lingual papillitis[1] and fungiform papillary glossitis[2] ) are painful, hypertrophic, red and white papillae on the tongue.[1]

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Lie bumps are relatively common — a 1996 study found that 56% of the respondents to their survey reported these lesions.[1] The most common presentation of this was found to be in young women, involving one or several fungiform papillae.[1] The symptoms last several days and resolve on their own with no treatment.[1]


The name "lie bumps" is a result of a myth that stating that telling a lie would cause one.[3] Lie bumps are often attributed to irritation of the tongue's papillae (taste buds) by sharp food or teeth.[3] However, very little has been written about this condition in scientific articles or textbooks and scientific studies have failed to produce a definite cause.[1] Possible causes include: "stress, gastrointestinal upset, menstruation, acidic or sour food, and local trauma" (direct physical irritation) of the tongue.[1]


There is no specific treatment for this problem, other than using ice or numbing medicines to ease the pain. Anecdotal remedies include gargleing with salt water and direct application of hydrogen peroxide. [4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Roux, O.; Lacour, J.P. and Paediatricians of the Region Var-Cote D'Azur (February 2004). "Eruptive lingual papillitis with household transmission: a prospective clinical study". British Journal of Dermatology 150 (2): 299-303. British Association of Dermatologists. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2004.05703.x. Retrieved on 2007-10-30.
  2. ^ Marks, R.; Scarff, C.E.; Yap, L.M.; Verlinden, V.; Jolley, D.; Campbell, J. (October 2005). "Fungiform papillary glossitis: atopic disease in the mouth?". British Journal of Dermatology 153 (4): 740-745. British Association of Dermatologists. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2005.06577.x. Retrieved on 2007-10-30.
  3. ^ a b "Itty-bitty bumps",, March 2006. Retrieved on 2007-10-30. 
  4. ^ "Dr. John R. Kalmar" (2006-02-19). "Lie bumps". Retrieved on 2007-10-30.
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