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Home Remedies For Get Rid Of Swollen (Inflamed) Taste Buds

As we’ve post the article of The Cause of the Swollen Taste Buds just now, and now that we know what the causes are, we shall check on the home remedies that can help you to get rid of swollen taste buds.

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1. Saltwater Gargle

Saltwater gargle is time tested to help remove the nasty infection and fluids associated with the lesions in the mouth.

What all you need?

  • A glass of warm water
  • A teaspoon of salt

How to Do

A teaspoon of salt is to be mixed in a glass of warm water.

How it Works

Salt is antimicrobial and antibacterial too. This is what makes the saltwater an agent to fight.

How Frequent in a day

Gargle with the water three to four times a day. This helps bring down the inflammation and swelling of the taste buds.


2. Cold Beverage Consumption

If saltwater gargle isn’t what you prefer, try having cold beverages. Anything hot is not advised to have, since it would only prolong the swelling and the inflammation.

What all you need?

  • cold water
  • cool beverages

How it Works

Cold beverages help bring down the pain and swelling. It numbs the area and allows the swelling go down.

How Frequent in a day

Take ten to fifteen cups of cold water a day or a cold beverage of your choice.


Don’t take carbonated drinks.


3. Suck On Ice Cubes

As long as you can and however much you can, ice cubes kept in the mouth can help bring down the pain and swelling.

What all you need?

  • Popsicles of the non-creamy types
  • Ice cubes.

How it Works

When the Popsicle or ice cubes melt, you would be hydrated in the body and the tongue wouldn’t dry away too. This brings down the swelling and discomfort.

How Frequent in a day

Repeat as much as you can.


4. Check On Your Oral Hygiene

Maintenance of oral hygiene is a must.

What you need?

  • Brushing
  • Flossing
  • Chewing gum
  • Benzadamine and chlorhexidine

How it Works

  • Brushing and flossing twice a day would remove all the food particles in the mouth and teeth and the cavities too.
  • Chew gum daily as this removes the remains and develops saliva.
  • Benzadamine and chlorhexidine are effective painkillers and bactericidal mouthwashes that help keep the mouth free from harmful bacteria.
  • Using fifteen milliliters of it for a minute every morning would be helpful to wash and rinse the mouth.

5. Baking Soda And Hydrogen Peroxide

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To counterbalance the sourness in the mouth associated with swollen tastebuds, experts have always suggested baking soda with hydrogen peroxide.

What you need

  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide


Mix an equal amount of the two and then form a paste.
Apply the same with cotton on the affected area and wait for a minute.

How it works:

The two can be the best to kill bacteria in the mouth. They also help with healing. The pain and swelling would come down in a jiffy.

How Frequent in a day

Do this thrice a day before half an hour you drink or eat anything.

6. Tea Tree Oil Rinse

This helps bring down the inflammation and swelling

What you need

  • Warm water
  • Tree tea oil


Mix two to three drops of tea tree oil with a cup of warm water. Gargle and rinse with the same.

How it works

The mixture would help kill the germs and the bacteria in the mouth

How Frequent in a day

Do this thrice a day.


7. Honey To The RescueTongue Piercing

Honey is antibacterial, antimicrobial and can help heal the swollen taste buds too.

What you need

  • Honey
  • Warm water


Mix a tablespoon of honey with warm water and gargle with it.

How it works

This brings down the redness and the swelling.

How Frequent in a day

This should be done thrice a day.


8. Crush Garlic, Ginger And Pepper

The three herbs and spices have been known to have high antibacterial properties.

What you need

  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Pepper


  • Apply the paste with a cotton swab in the mouth and wait for ten minutes.
  • Try not to swallow the same.
  • Wash off with cold water and then wait for half an hour before you eat or drink anything.

How it works

The three when consumed together help bring down the swelling and pain

How Frequent in a day

Do this thrice a week.

9. Rubbing Frozen Cucumber

Cucumber is an astringent

What you need

  • Cucumber slices


The slices of cucumber should be gently rubbed in the mouth.

How it works

It helps soothe the inflammation

How Frequent in a day

Do this as frequently as you can, but not more than five times – one per interval, per day!


Foods To Be Eaten

Experts would always ask you to have foods that sooth the condition, hence, the thumb rule for the same would be- eat what cools and boosts the soothing effect to the tongue. Foods should be soft and gooey (almost), and easy to lick or savour, without hurting the taste buds.

Here are a couple of foods that can help.

1. Dairy produce such as milk and soft cheese, milkshakes and yogurt help you savour the delicacy easily.

2. If you like fruits, fleshy fruits that are soft and meaty can be consumed.

Bananas and chikoos; they help sublimate over the tongue and flow into the throat without a hitch or by causing any pain whatsoever.
Apricots and pears, peaches etc can be mashed into pulp and had. They have vitamins and minerals in them that help fight inflammation.
Watermelon also is a good fruit to have, since it has plenty of water to cool the tastebuds down and to keep the mouth hydrated.
Remember, a dry mouth can actually make matters worse.

3. Lunchtime, gorge on soft food then can be swallowed easily.

Noodles can slide easily into the mouth.
You can also have potatoes mashed; gelatin based meals and scrambled or boiled eggs too. They have enough of minerals and proteins, which work to nourish the body and to keep the immunity strong.
A dash of ginger in them would be nice, which helps fight bacteria and inflammation too.
4. Desserts are awesome to have- colder the better to help numb the pain and the inflammation; provides relief and brings in the much needed protein and nourishment along with vitamins that keeps the immune system strong.

5. Pureed veggies are a must; steam them and mash them into a pulp to have. In doing so, the body gets all the important nourishment and nutrients it needs, vitamins and minerals, along with antioxidants too that make the body’s defense system strong enough to heal soon and to also make the immune system stay in the pink of health too.

6. If you fancy having meats; sticking to softest boiled meats sans spice would be best.

Make a sandwich or brew them up or turn them into purees for easy eating- your body needs the best source of nourishment to fight the tongue condition and this is done by veggies.
7. Drink plenty of water.

Now that you have a very fair idea about what to eat, let’s check on what not to eat. Please read very carefully, and until your tongue doesnt heal, avoid all temptations to challenge the inflammed tongue!

Foods To Be Avoided

Most experts would warn you from having anything that can irate the inflamed tastebuds- frizzy drinks, colas, aerated drinks etc can only do more harm than good. Here are more foods that should not be had-

Do not chew betelnuts and paan, because they make the inflammation worse. The tobacco content in most betelnut preparations is to be blamed- leads to inflammation all the more.
Foods that are acidic by nature should be avoided at all costs. This is because, the inflamed tastebuds are very raw and tender at the moment. Mints and cinnamon, tomatoes, tangerine fruits, grapes, sauces, coffee and even teas must be avoided.
Do not eat your veggies raw
Avoid eating toasted bread and hard biscuits, crackers and any foods that are rough, coarse and crusty by nature. This is because while chewing you would unintentionally cause friction on the tongue and rub the tongue against the upper palate. Your mouth would dry up sooner and cause more swelling and pain.
Don’t use non-herbal products to clean your mouth as they have chemicals in them that can irate the taste buds further. Please take a very good note of this point.

That was all about the foods to eat and not to eat, with suggestions given. Here now we have the precautions you should take to ensure that the tongue doesnt have anymore issues and that you dont suffer from pains and swelling anymore.


  1. Before trying to heal yourself, experts suggest the following-
  2. Don’t be a doctor and take your own medication, there could be side-effects that can do more harm than good to the condition
  3. Let your doctor know of your medical history. There’s no use hiding anything from him or her, and don’t be ashamed in telling them the truth. This helps them diagnose and prescribe the right medications you may need.
  4. If you ever use any of the aforementioned home remedies, always wait half an hour before or after the same, before eating or drinking anything.
  5. Never ever ignore the importance of oral hygiene
  6. Don’t overuse or overdo with the holistic treatments mentioned; tea tree oil in excess can cause hallucinations.
  7. Foods should be cooked till it is tender and very soft for the timebeing
  8. Small pieces and very small quantities at a time should be consumed
  9. Puree what you can in a blender and juice it up to have
  10. Margarine and butters can be added to foods to make it easy to eat
  11. Drink your juices and liquids with a straw
  12. Try having as much as ice cold foods as possible
  13. Rinse your mouth with plain water every hour to drown away the pathogenic bacteria.

When To Consult A Doctor?

In the beginning, it isn’t necessary to rush to a doctor as it sometimes heals on its own. However, if the swelling doesn’t reduce in a few days, you should visit the doctor. Swollen taste buds do no harm to the body as such, but the discomfort and pain can be unbearable. If you suffer from underlying diseases and STDs or HPV, get in touch with your doctor at once.

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