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Last week I had an Upper Respiratory Infection (I’m still recovering from it). My doctor wouldn’t put me on any prescription medications because it was viral. Today I noticed when I was looking at my throat that I had these little bumps on my tongue. I’ve never really paid much attention to my tongue so I’m not sure if this is normal. So is this normal? Is this something I should be concerned about? I also have a sore in my ear. It only hurts when I touch it. I have no way of seeing in my ear so I’m not sure how it looks. What can I do to heal this sore? Is this something I should be concerned about?

Most upper respiratory infections are viral and recovery time can be as long as 2-3 weeks. Signs of bacterial infection would include high fever, exudates in the back of the throat, throat swelling, etc.

Little bumps on the tongue are completely normal. These are known as fungiform papillae which contain taste buds. On the back . . . → Read More: Last week I had an Upper Respiratory Infection (I’m still recovering from it). My doctor wouldn’t put me on any prescription medications because it was viral. Today I noticed when I was looking at my throat that I had these little bumps on my tongue. I’ve never really paid much attention to my tongue so I’m not sure if this is normal. So is this normal? Is this something I should be concerned about? I also have a sore in my ear. It only hurts when I touch it. I have no way of seeing in my ear so I’m not sure how it looks. What can I do to heal this sore? Is this something I should be concerned about?

For a week I have experienced a very sweet taste in my mouth. Every time I drink even water, it tastes very sweet. I have also lost a lot of weight. What could it be?

It appears that you have had a sudden onset of having a sweet taste in the back of your mouth associated with weight loss. The most concerning of these symptoms is the sudden weight loss which could be secondary to a serious medical condition.

A sweet taste in the back of the mouth can . . . → Read More: For a week I have experienced a very sweet taste in my mouth. Every time I drink even water, it tastes very sweet. I have also lost a lot of weight. What could it be?

I got hit in the cheek and I can not open my mouth all the way or smile without discomfort but it isn’t bruised. Do cheeks bruise?

Cheeks, just like any muscle, can bruise when injured by trauma. Not all facial trauma requires acute medical care. Most can be treated with icing the affected area and analgesia with NSAIDs such as ibuprofen or acetamenophen.

However, there are certain symptoms that require immediate medical attention: 1) Any facial asymmetry, inability to close the . . . → Read More: I got hit in the cheek and I can not open my mouth all the way or smile without discomfort but it isn’t bruised. Do cheeks bruise?

I have a friend who has done meth a lot. She told me one of her back teeth broke and inside was all black. She said meth rots your teeth from the inside out so people don’t know until they break or fall out. Is there anything to be done to prevent it besides not doing meth? Can the damage be stopped or is it to late? What kind of dentist should she contact?

Methamphetamine (Meth) has minimal direct toxic effect on the mouth. However, its subcomponents lead to a constellation of side effects that result in what you are describing as “Meth Mouth.”

The chemical residues in meth that remain from its production are corrosive to the teeth and irritate the soft tissue within the mouth sometimes causing . . . → Read More: I have a friend who has done meth a lot. She told me one of her back teeth broke and inside was all black. She said meth rots your teeth from the inside out so people don’t know until they break or fall out. Is there anything to be done to prevent it besides not doing meth? Can the damage be stopped or is it to late? What kind of dentist should she contact?

I was told by my family physician that she thought it was a mole inside my mouth and said I shd contact a dentist for a possible biopsy. What can you tell me on this matter. It is very small, dark brown to black, top back right side area.

The isolated growth you’re describing could be as simple as an overgrowth of blood vessels (hemangioma) or a bruise. However, I would agree with your primary care physician that your growth should be evaluated by someone qualified to perform a biopsy to rule out cancer.

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