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Almost certainly normal.
HERE IS A GOOD LINK.
these bumps CAN occur anywhere on the tongue and are usually more prominent towards the posterior aspect of the tongue.
taste buds can become larger or smaller for reasons we do not understand, tongue cancer is rare but does occur in smokers and people who use oral tobacco.
Certainly worth checking with your doctor when you can but no need to go today.
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Thank you. Can heavy smokers & somewhat heavy drinkers who don't practice good oral hygiene develop hairy tongue?
yes. certainly they can.
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another question, i've noticed a purple vein on the inside of cheek. and also on the roof of my mouth i notice on the right and left side some purple coloring, almost looks like purple veiny, not swollen or painful. could that be from the years of heavy smoking, heavy drinking and poor oral health or something worse like something chronic and deadly? or could that be something normal. and if you could answer asap i'd really appreciate it cause i'm imagining the worst like hiv and can't sleep. i haven't heard of anyone i've been with being diagnosed w/ that but who knows. i know it's hard to tell from a pic but i'm adding one. in the pic it looks like a solid purple where the arrows are but from looking at it in the mirror, it could almost look veiny or maybe it is purple, i don't really know.
and i'm not sure if i asked this before but in the back of my mouth by the back teeth, on each side, there appears to be a bit of raised skin and on one side the raised skin is about the size of a pin head and is white, on the other side the raised portion is white and less than an inch and a half. there is no pain. i feel like that's been there for a long time, could that be something horrible or do some people have that with it being nothing?
please look at my question again as there is a link in there for a pic however don't rely on the pic as it's not really great and please re-read my question above before looking at the pic and answering.
also, i know it's hard to tell from a pic. in the pic it looks like a solid purple where the arrows are but from looking at it in the mirror, it could almost look veiny or maybe it is purple, i don't really know.
The roof of the mouth varies in color from place to place; this is due to varying concentrations of salivary glands, varying thicknesses of the surface epithelium, and other factors, including scatterings of lymphoid tissue which are normally found distributed around the mouth, the tongue, the throat, and the tonsils. Some dark-complexioned individuals also have patches of melanin pigment over the palate and gum tissue; this is also normal.As I said previously, the appearance of your palate is normal, based on the photograph you provided.Hope this helps...
adding a link to more pics. and the rest of the roof of the mouth is not all pink.
also, i know you had mentioned that there can be bumps all over the tongue. what about under the tongue, can there be pin sized bumps under there?