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There is a painless swelling inside the lips. Could it be a cancer?

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Published At December 3, 2018
Reviewed AtAugust 9, 2023

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My mother has a swelling inside her lips. It is not painful, and it is not getting healed. She consulted a doctor. The doctor told that the swelling had occurred due to an allergic reaction. Is it cancer? Please suggest.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Every swelling is not cancer. It can be a fibroma. It occurs due to trauma or biting lips. The second one is a mucocele. It is a swelling of sebaceous glands. It also occurs due to injury or biting. Both are non-cancerous. Please send a picture of it. So that, I can guide you further.

Please say whether your mother has a habit of nail-biting. The management depends on the size and nature of the swelling. It may need some drugs or excision. You can consult a dentist and an oral medicine specialist soon for treating it. Please mention about her habits, drug history, and the presence of any sharp tooth in her mouth.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar
Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar


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