What is a mucocele?
A mucocele is a swelling or blister that is caused by the accumulation of mucus in a duct or cavity in the body. It is commonly found in the oral cavity and on the lip.
What causes mucoceles?
Mucoceles are caused by the obstruction and rupturing of a salivary gland duct, resulting in the accumulation of mucus. This can be caused by injury, infection, or a cyst.
How do you treat mucoceles?
Mucoceles are typically treated by surgical removal. In some cases, a minor surgical procedure to drain the mucocele may be performed, or the mucocele may be punctured and the contents drained. In some cases, the affected salivary gland may need to be removed. In some instances, a mucocele may resolve on its own. Consultation with a healthcare professional is recommended for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Can my lip swelling be from anything else?
Lip swelling can be caused by various factors, including:
- Allergic reactions
- Infections (e.g. staphylococcal or herpetic)
- Inflammation (e.g. angioedema)
- Trauma or injury
- Tumours or growths
- Certain medical conditions (e.g. autoimmune diseases)
If you are concerned about lip swelling, it is best to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Can a mucocele grow back?
A mucocele can grow back after surgical removal, although this is not always the case. The risk of recurrence can depend on various factors such as the size and location of the mucocele, and the cause of the initial obstruction. To reduce the risk of recurrence, it is important to follow proper aftercare instructions provided by the healthcare professional. In some instances, a surgical revision may be necessary to treat a recurring mucocele.