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Mucous Retention Cyst

Many individual have a habit of chewing on the sides of their mouth, lip or tongue. When individual continue to do this on a regular basis, the individual can experience blisters and sores from this trauma infliction. Blisters and boils can also appear through other issues that an individual may bring on through medication and illness. Many individual just sit back and watch the sore to determine what it may be, others prefer to get a diagnosis from their dentist. Often individuals will be faced with a diagnosis of mucous retention cyst. What is a mucous retention cyst? In an individual’s maxillary sinus underneath the cheek there are mucous glands on both sides. Often there can be a blockage that occurs in the mucous duct that can cause these glands to grow bigger, and then in result can turn into a mucous retention cyst. In many cases, these types of cyst do not cause any problems and in many cases will not grow any larger or damage the wall of the sinus. Read below to find many questions that have been answered by Experts regarding mucous retention cyst.

A skin tag found in the back of my throat, it is the same color as the inside of my mouth, is this normal?

This could be a small aggregate of lymphoid tissue, a small mucous retention cyst or a small irritation fibroma. A dentist expertise is in the oral cavity of one’s mouth and that the cyst may be in the throat, one might consult with an oral surgeon, medical doctor or an ears nose and throat specialist in distinguishing a diagnosis and treatment thereof.

Though there are many diagnoses possible as described as a skin tag. A mucous retention cyst or an area of lymphoid tissue might also be included in diagnostic evaluation, as both are common on the soft and posterior hard palate.

Are there treatments an individual can use on a recurring cyst on the underside of their tongue?

Your description may suggest that of a mucous retention cyst, or "mucocele". A collection of salivary gland secretion under the tissue surface may result in either a blockage or eruption of the salivary gland duct. Based on its rapid formation, perseverance and description, a mucous retention cyst may be superficial yet an irritation and should be looked at by a professional for an accurate diagnosis. The mucous retention cyst may resolve on its own, persistent lesions can sometimes require surgery. In the rate of progression of each reoccurrence, one might see an oral surgeon in achieving a diagnosis and treatment that may offer a cure.

When experiencing a slight swelling of the tongue who would someone go to for diagnosis and treatment that may relieve these symptoms?

A wide variety of dental or medical diseases are represented with symptoms including swelling of the tongue. This may include an allergic reaction, a benign neoplasm, a malignancy, and a mucous retention cyst, a vascular anomaly like hemangioma or lymphangioma, to an autoimmune disease/amyloidosis. An infection of the tongue is rare but possible.

When seeking a diagnosis one may consider an oral surgeon, oral pathologist or ears nose and throat specialist for a consultation of the symptoms that may include, swelling of the tongue.

Can a blister in the mouth infect others in transmittal through kissing and sexual contact?

There are many assorted conditions that can resolve in a blistering lesion. One would need to diagnose the initial cause for the blister in determining if this can be contracted through sexual contact. A blister may be caused by a viral infection (herpes simplex), and contact with a herpetic blister would be potentially infectious. On the other hand, a blister due to a mucous retention cyst, a vesiculobullous “pemphigus vulgaris”, may not be transferrable.

An appropriate means of managing the condition is also dependent on its identification. A diagnostic visit with your doctor or oral surgeon may offer insight of one’s mucous retention cyst symptoms.

Mucus retention cysts occur more commonly in older adults. Mucus retention cyst may be due to a blockage and back up of saliva in the glands and are not likely caused by trauma. Tarter control tooth paste may be a contributing factor. In avoiding a habit of cheek and lip chewing this may allow a cyst to heal on its own. When a mucus retention cyst does not clear up on its own, it may be necessary to consult with a dental surgeon in a biopsy and possible surgery in removal of the cyst. Many Experts have been a great help to individuals when finding quick and accurate answers to their many complex mucous retention cyst questions.
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