Can you imagine your life withoutthe tongue? It is very hard thing to do, isn’t it, particularly since the tongue is not only the organof taste, but it is also involved in the speaking process, helping theproper forming of the sounds?
Transient lingual papillae
We can detect different tastes bythe means of papillae and taste buds, which cover the upper layer of the tongue.Four types of papillae have been identified, as well as the four types of the tastes, exceptfrom the fact that the filiform papillae do not have taste buds. This upperlayer of the tongue can develop condition called transient lingual papillitis, which is also called lie bumps since many superstitious people believe thatthey occur when a person lies.
When this condition occurs, it is manifestedthrough the outbreak of tiny bumps, which are either white or red. Of the fourtypes of papillae, this disorder mainly affects the fungiform papillae. Even thoughthe transient lingual papillae can be quite painful sometimes, the bumps typicallysubside on their own without any treatment.
Since this tongue disorder mostlyaffects fungiform papillae, in the view of the fact that these papillae contain a number of taste buds with a lot of nerves, the severe pain that appears is quite expected. Except from the pain, the person with transient lingualpapillae may also experience burning sensation on the affected part of thetongue.
Causes of transient lingual papillitis
In medicine, the main cause for theoutbreak of these bumps on the tongue is not familiar yet. However, there areseveral potential causative factors that may contribute to the occurrence ofthis unpleasant tongue condition.
It is believed that a local traumamay be responsible for the incidence of lie bumps, as well as the irritation ofthe tongue. For example, when we accidentally bite our tongue, or when we scrapeit unintentionally, it can lead to the appearance of the red or white bumps. Furthermore,the simple rubbing of this organ against the roof of the mouth may also be oneof the causes of transient lingual papillitis. It is considered that consuming several types of food may be a culprit for the outbreak of lie bumps. For example,it is regarded that spicy and salty foods, as well as acidic food, may lead tothe incidence of transient lingual papillitis. Moreover, stress can also causethe lie bumps.