Lady gargling with moutwashQ: Several months ago, after gargling with mouthwash, I noticed lumps on the back of my tongue and a sensation of ‘hairs’ in my throat. My doctor told me it was an allergy and gave me an antihistamine. Another doctor told me it was prominent taste buds. The lumps are still there and I am really worried. What do you think?

Sandra, Lincolnshire

A: I’m sure these lumps are just prominent taste buds, also known as papillae. It’s possible they became irritated after using the mouthwash and then you became more aware of them but I’m sure it’s nothing to worry about.

If you have ulcers in the mouth that do no heal after a few weeks, always get them checked by a GP. Try seeing another doctor and explain why you are concerned so they can reassure you.

Dr Helen Winpenny


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