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Do you smoke ?
Is it growing in size ?
Does it become more painful when you eat ?
No I don't smoke and it isn't painful when I eat. It is not getting larger.
Most probably it is a blocked salivary gland also called retention cysts.
As the CT scan is negative for mass, cancer, stones there is nothing to fear about.
If you were smoking , then a biopsy would have been suggested.
Since it is constant in size and no ulceration, it is a harmless condition.
Should I continue with medicine?? How can it be removed? I have f/u with the ent. Should I see my dentist?
You can continue the medication.Persistent cases would require small surgical procedure of de-roofing the cyst and removing the walls of the cyst too. Your ENT can do the procedure. It is a simple one and can be done under local analgesia.
These cysts often come back even after being removed,that is its nature.
Do these cysts cause the pain I have been having? although not when I eat?
Yes, they can cause pain as they distend the gland they block. Infection can also cause pain, hence the antibiotic.Too much meddling with it can also irritate or infect it.
OK. I appreciate your quick response and advice.
you are welcome.