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

Q. What is this hanging piece of skin under my tongue that is hurting?

Answered by
Dr. Akshay. B. K.
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Oct 23, 2022 and last reviewed on: Sep 10, 2023

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.



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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-open mucocele. But you need not worry. Mucocele occurs due to obstruction of some minor salivary glands within the oral mucosa. There is a local oral ointment by the name Lexanox plus (Amlexanox and Lidocaine HCL). Please apply this gel over that area 15 minutes before food thrice a day. Did you have similar complaints in the past?

Hi doctor,

Thank you for the reply. I did not have any mass that I was aware of. I was, however, experiencing a slight pain on that side of my tongue but could not see any visible issues. I have not had similar complaints in the past, just other general oral health queries which amounted to nothing. Does that mean this is nothing to worry about? Also, does Bonjela work as a substitute?



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I am glad to know that there was no swelling before. But going with my clinical experience, I am sure it must have been a small mucocele that must have burst open, and I know sometimes, whenever there is a small mucocele, you might have noticed it. The slight pain that you would have noticed before would be due to the filling up of that mucocele. Rest assured, you need not worry. Yes, Bonjela (Lidocaine hydrochloride) gel could work as a substitute. Use it thrice daily, 15 minutes before food. Avoid spicy foods for a week or so. My last question would be, is there any history of tobacco usage that is smoking and so on? Any swollen neck nodes you can feel?

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