A dentist told me the swollen taste buds look like a mushroom had infection infection under the cap part. So I had this idea to "nip it in the bud"...lol. I have a fingernail clipper just for this only. I sterilize it in alcohol and nip off that white taste buds. It looks like a piece of skin on your finger. Sometimes it might bleed a little but the relief is so worth it! I then dad a cotton ball of alcohol on the spot for a little bit. This nests days or a week with a swollen taste buds. Relief is almost instant!