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I have just discovered a strange polyp under my tongue. It…

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I have just discovered...

I have just discovered a strange polyp under my tongue. It is dark red and filled with blood. Is this some sort of a bruise?

Doctor's Assistant: In general, how has your health been lately?

My health has been fine. Not much sleep the last couple of days. My 8-yr old has had a stomach bug so I haven't gotten a full night of sleep for 2 days.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

Not really.

Submitted: 8 months ago.Category: Dental
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Dentist: Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago
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How long do you think this has been there? Does it hurt, or is it tender to touch?

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
It showed up some time today. I noticed it while eating dinner. It does not hurt or ache, but my tongue is sore. It is loose like a skin tag, but is filled with blood.
Customer reply replied 8 months ago
When you look at the mouth with the tongue raised, there is the taut ridge that runs vertical and another ridge the runs horizontal mirroring the teeth. The tag/polyp is along the lower ridge of skin.
Dentist: Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

It might be a mucocele. They are benign, mucus-containing cystic lesions of tiny salivary glands in the mouth. They are typically clear or bluish. In some cases, a small blood vessel within them can burst and fill the cyst with bloody material. These are not dangerous but can take weeks to resolve, particularly if they are irritated by the teeth, the tongue, food particles, a toothbrush, etc. If you are in good health otherwise, you do not need to worry about a mucocele. If it enlarges or bleeds, have it examined by your doctor or dentist as soon as possible.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Thanks! That makes me feel better.
Dentist: Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

You're welcome. Hope all works out for the best.

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Dentist: Dr. Bob, Medical Doctor replied 8 months ago

Hello. Do you have any follow up questions for me?

Let me know if you do and I would be happy to help further.

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