12:07 am - 09/17/2013

Small bumps on back of tongue after unprotected oral sex

Hello! I performed unprotected oral sex on someone once 3 weeks ago, and in the last week have noticed small, flat white bumps on the back of my tongue (although in the picture below, they look pinkish). There are about 8 bumps total. The # of bumps doesn't seem to have increased (I'd say I had 5 last week, and think I have 8 now so not a sizeable increase). My mouth also feels like I have a sore throat coming on, and the taste in my mouth is bitter. The bumps do not hurt though.

Is this something I should be concerned about in regards to sexual health, or is this more likely just a dental hygiene issue? I'm going to Planned Parenthood to get an STI test Saturday, but don't know if I should go sooner.

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platinumpinup 17th-Sep-2013 04:14 am (UTC)
Some bumps ARE normal at the back of your tongue.


cokewithdrawl 17th-Sep-2013 10:36 pm (UTC)
I'm glad someone posted this, I was just thinking "those look like those really big papillae on the back of the tongue" but didn't know the proper name.

OP, I think they look like circumvallate papillae. I'm pretty sure I've seen them on my own tongue.
celticmoni 17th-Sep-2013 10:28 pm (UTC)
You can go to any clinic and ask for a swab and a bacterial culture. Make sure they understand that you want a culture to rule out and STI, and not a rapid strep test.
runatreyu 17th-Sep-2013 11:16 pm (UTC)
I saw these once and went straight to my dentist, freaking out about them. He laughed really hard and told me they are a normal part of tongue anatomy and that I'm not the first patient to come into his office freaked out because they finally noticed them.
spazzy444 18th-Sep-2013 03:40 am (UTC)
Possible YI, or oral thrush.
lilac_ribbon 19th-Sep-2013 11:37 am (UTC)
They look like normal bumps to me, but if you're feeling worried, go to your doctor.
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