Common "Mucocele" queries answered by top doctors | iCliniq


Mucocele is a benign mucus containing cyst of the minor salivary gland. The causes are lip biting, lip sucking, or other trauma. It often occurs on the inner side of the lip without pain and varies in size. It ruptures on its own and gets resolved within 3 to 6 weeks. If it remains persistent, it is treated by cryotherapy, laser treatment, or surgery to remove the cyst.

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Why do I have a water bubble under my tongue?

Query: Hello doctor, I have had swollen glands for a few months now. I have seen an ENT doctor for the same. He ran a blood test and it came back normal. He told me give it a month and they should go down. They have not gone down or grown. Before going to the ENT doctor, I also visited a dentist and got to...  Read Full »

Dr. Nivedita Dalmia

Answer: Hi , Welcome to The swollen gland can be due to the infected molar. An infected tooth also can cause swollen glands in the neck. The swollen glands will subside only if the infection site is cleared. Get it treated as soon as possible. Visit the dentist, get an x-ray (IOPA - Intraoral P...  Read Full »

Is it necessary to take a biopsy for an oral mucocele?

Query: Hello doctor, I have what seems like an oral mucocele in my upper inner lip. I went to the dentist, and after looking at it, he said that it is most likely it is mucocele and referred me to the oral surgeon. He explained that they would remove it and send it in for a biopsy. That alone slightly worr...  Read Full »

Dr. Mohammad Emranul Islam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I am sorry for the problems you have. It is probably a mucocele. But as you and your dentist have some confusion, you should have sent a clear picture of it for my opinion. Mucocele is a salivary gland cyst that is commonly found on the lower lip. It is a painless soft...  Read Full »

I have a non-painful bump on my lower gums. What is it?

Query: Hello doctor, I noticed a small bony-like white, translucent-looking bump on the front right side of the lower gums and am wondering if I should be concerned. It is not painful but more annoying because it kind of sticks out. It is somewhat sensitive to the touch but not entirely. It is unmovable an...  Read Full »

Dr. Achanta Krishna Swaroop

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I will be studying your case image and answering you shortly. Please check your follow-up messages. Thank you.  Read Full »

I have had a recurring canker sore for three weeks, and it becomes irritated and swollen whenever it comes into contact with something. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I have a canker sore that has been there for over three weeks. It gets irritated and swollen when I accidentally bite it or if something comes in contact with it, and it has seemed to be almost gone several times but keeps coming back. When not irritated, it turns white and shrinks. Som...  Read Full »

Dr. Shamaz Mohamed

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I have seen the picture (attachments removed to protect patient’s identity) you sent me. First of all, it is called a mucocele and not a canker sore. It is caused by the habit of lip biting or trauma from your front teeth, which inflames ...  Read Full »

I have a hanging piece of skin under my tongue which is hurting. What is it?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a hanging piece of skin beneath my tongue, unsure of what it is. My tongue had been hurting yesterday but not after that. I just noticed only the skin.  Read Full »

Dr. Akshay. B. K.

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq com. I saw the pictures (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity). There seems to be a hanging piece of skin underneath your tongue mucosa. It looks like a remnant of a burst mucocele. Did you have any mass over that hanging mucosa before? It seems like a burst-o...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for the blister on my lip?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a blister on the lip, which developed in the morning today. My medical history includes hypothyroidism, and I am on regular medication for the same. Here, I have attached the photo.  Read Full »

Dr. Bharat Patodiya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Itlooks like a traumatic fluid collection (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Do not worry. It should resolve on its own. Do you have any habit of tobacco chewing?   Read Full »

Are small fluid-filled bumps inside the cheeks sign of oral cancer?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a small bubble-like thing inside my cheeks. Maybe a mucous cyst. It has been three weeks now. It pops out, and again the fluid gets fill it in. I have attached an image of it. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Dilip Kumar Meena

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. Yes, it looks like a mucocele, which is a benign cyst filled with mucus. There are blocked salivary ducts, which lead to mucocele. It needs to be removed by cautery or surgery.  Read Full »

Why am I having lump on tonsil for three years?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a lump on tonsil for the past three years with the left ear heaviness. I have been to ENT twice.  Read Full »

Dr. Mehak Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It looks like a mucocele or cyst (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Do you have any throat complaints? Throat pain? Do you smoke?  Read Full »

What is the swelling present inside the lips without pain?

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.  Read Full »

Dr. Soheel Hussain Zargar

Answer: Hi, Welcome to 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...  Read Full »

Can oral mucocele recur at the same region in the mouth?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been diagnosed with oral mucocele on the lower lip before three months. I underwent surgery to remove the lesion and it was sent for histopathological examination. The exam report suggested it as a simple retention cyst and the excision was complete. After eight to nine days of su...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhivya Priya. J

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thank you for giving me a chance to answer your query and I will give my opinion. I have gone through your query and the picture attached (attachment removed to protect patient identity). I would also like to assure you that the condition is not associated with malignan...  Read Full »

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