If you’ve ever experienced a small blister-like bump on the inside of your lip that’s filled with fluid, it is likely you have encountered a mucocele. Also known as mucous cysts or oral cysts, these small bumps are usually harmless but can be uncomfortable and unsightly.
Here, we’ll explore simple solutions for treating mucoceles to help alleviate symptoms and prevent future occurrences.
What is a Mucocele?
A mucocele is a common type of cyst that forms in the mouth or lips. It occurs when salivary glands become blocked or damaged, resulting in the buildup of mucus and other fluids.
Mucoceles typically appear as small bluish or transparent bumps that are either smooth or partially raised. They can occur anywhere in the mouth where salivary glands are present but tend to be most common on the lower lip.
While they’re not typically painful, mucoceles may become irritated by chewing or biting and can larger over time if left untreated.
What Causes Mucoceles?
There are several potential causes of mucoceles including:
- Biting your lips
- Sucking on your cheeks
- Lip piercings
- Trauma to the mouth
- Poorly fitting dental appliances
- Overzealous dentistry
Some medical conditions such as Sjogren’s Syndrome have also been linked to an increased risk of developing muocoels.
Symptoms of Mucocele
The main symptom associated with muocoele is swelling on one side of your top lip. Other symptoms may include:
- A painless lump/bump
- Translucent blue/yellow coloration underlining skin.
- Difficulty eating drier foods
But its rare cases make swallowing difficult •
It’s important to note that if you are experiencing any type of persistent pain or discomfort in your mouth, you should seek medical attention.
Simple Solutions for Treating Mucocele
Most small mucoceles will typically resolve themselves within a few weeks without any need for treatment. However, larger cysts may require intervention to reduce the size and relieve pressure.
There are several simple steps you can take to treat a mucocele at home:
Apply Warm Compresses
Gently apply a warm compress to the affected area twice per day for 10-15 minutes each time. This can help alleviate swelling and promote drainage of the mucous fluids trapped inside.
Avoid Tough or Spicy Foods
While eating regular foods is perfectly fine, avoid meals that are tough/chewy or particularly spicy as they could cause irritation around the bump.
Spicy vs. Non-spicy Foods
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Non-Spicy Food | Spicy Food
Soup | Salsa
Mashed potatoes | Tacos
Steak | Chili
Fish sticks | Curry
Try an Oral Antihistamine
If your mucocele is causing itchiness or discomfort, try taking oral antihistamines such as Benadryl.
Salt Water Rinse
Rinsing with salt water can help keep the mouth clean and promote healing. Simply mix 1 tsp of salt into a glass of warm water and rinse your mouth for 30 seconds before spitting out.
When To See A Doctor
In most instances, mucoceles will clear up on their own over time with some light home remedies but if:
- The swelling persists beyond two weeks
- Symptoms start getting very painful
- You find that swelling impacts speaking/swallowing
• Eating food becomes more challenging
If any of these symptoms persist, it may be time to consult a medical professional. Your doctor or dentist can drain and remove the mucocele as needed.
Can I Pop A Mucocele?
It is not advisable to pop a mucocele As this will lead to further swelling and potential infection. Instead, focus on home remedies that can help alleviate discomfort and promote healing naturally.
Can Overzealous Dentistry cause muocoels?
Yes – poorly performed dental procedures like getting Bi-lobed Hydrofluoric Acid crown preparation near the floor of the mouth may cause injury or salivary gland damage —leading to cyst formation.
How Long Does It Take For A Mucocele To Disappear?
Most small cysts will disappear within two weeks without treatment whilst larger ones require some form of intervention.
While they’re usually harmless, dealing with uncomfortable mouth issues such as mucous cysts can be frustrating. However with Home remedies, Benadryl oral antihistamines, salt water rinses and most importantly knowing when its time to see a doctor it’ll be nothing but magic before your lips are back in shape!