Lump and pimples may appear around your mouth. Itchy lips may not be a serious medical condition. However, it may be characterized by rash, blisters, hives, redness, dryness, peeling and bumps. Sun and other extreme weather condition may make your lips tight, dry, crack and even bleed.
Bumps on lips
What causes bumps on lips?
Various reasons ranging from acute to chronic may cause bumps of different size, texture and color on your lips. The causes of lip bumps include;
- Oral cancer.
- Oral thrush.
- Fordyce spots.
- Cold or canker sores.
- Hand, foot and mouth disease.
- Bacterial infections.
- Allergic reaction.
- Others include; Smoking, chapstick, juvederm, dip, sun, HIV, piercing.
Bumps on mouth palate
Mouth is a very delicate part of the body that cause worry for any pain and abnormality we suffer in the oral cavity. Pimples may appear anywhere in the mouth including on the roof of your mouth. They may be painful due to swelling, inflammation or irritation.
The pain may be extreme when talking, eating, smiling or breathing. The palate is divided into hard palate (part above the teeth) and soft palate (part behind at the back of the mouth). Bumps on the roof of the mouth may also be accompanied by itchiness, green or yellow pus and bleeding.
There is numerous cause of bumps on mouth palate, that include:
- Poor personal hygiene.
- Epstein pearls.
- Bohn’s nodules.
- Mandibular torus.
- Torus palatinus.
- Platine papilla.
- Dental issues like tooth abscess.
- Mouth ulcers.
- Diseases like canker sores, cold sores Herpes, STD’s and HIV infection.
- Swollen salivary glands and adenocarcinoma.
- Trauma like tongue piercing.
- Oral cancer etc.
Use of antibiotics and over the counter medicine are some of the remedies that can treat lumps on mouth palate. Home remedies listed here below may also be used to get rid of these bumps.
- Behavior change like keep off spicy food, smoking, taking alcohol and avoiding spicy, hot or cold food and drinks.
- Use of mouth rinse may help hydrate your mouth and reduce dryness
- Use of aloe Vera, an anti-inflammatory agent.
- Drinking milk, it has a soothing effects
- Drink a lot of water
Mouth bumps on the floor under the tongue
Small like lumps under the tongue or on the floor of the mouth can be brought by multiple conditions. Generally, these bumps go away on their own, while others may require medication to relieve some accompanying pain and discomfort.
Some causes of lumps under the tongue include;
- Geographic tongue.
- Oral lichen planus.
- Inflame papillae due to injuries, infection or irritation.
- Canker sore, begins as a painful sore that transform to ulcers with yellow or white middle. These bumps are triggered by hormonal changes, stress, injuries and poor nutritional diet.
- Oral cancer may develop on the floor of the mouth. It is often painless and may look like an ulcer or canker sore. The risk factor is thrice or four times higher for men than women due to tobacco and alcohol use.
Other risk factors to both gender may include; exposure to Human papilloma virus (HPV), HIV/AIDs and organ transplant. See you doctor if you have continuous growing lump, swelling, mouth becomes numb, unexplained loose teeth, painless lump and white-red or dark patches inside the mouth.
- Mouth cyst. A thin fluid filled sac that are usually painless and harmless. Also referred as mucous cyst or Mucocele. A cyst on the floor of the mouth under the tongue is called ranula.
Bumps on gums
Our gums play an important role in protecting our teeth and the surrounding support structures. The gums problems, majorly result from bacteria in dental plaque. These bacteria produce harmful toxins that create swelling and inflammation on the gums.
The main causes of lumps on gums include;
- Gingivitis: this is inflammation of the gums. Research show that in U.S over 50% of the adult population are affected by gingivitis. The disease may be accompanied by, red gums, swollen looking gums and bleeding when tooth brushing.
- Periodontal plaque: this disease exhibits similar signs to gingivitis. However, it can result to gum tissue and jawbone loss which cannot be recovered. This disease form painless bumps until later stages of damage.
- Cyst on gum (epulis) may also cause inflammation and bumps on gums.
- Gum recession that pulls away from its original attachment exposing the tooth. This may be due to tooth grinding, hereditary factors, trauma, chewing tobacco and brushing aggressively.
- Gum abscess or periodontal abscess.
- Oral cancer although it is less common.
- Pyogenic granuloma or granuloma gravidarum caused by hormonal shifts of pregnancy.
Bumps on jaw bone and cheek
Bumps can develop anywhere in the mouth, especially if oral cancer is the culprit. According to Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, the bone tumor may affect your jaw bone causing swelling and inflammation visible on side oy your face or inside the mouth. This may also cause the roof of your mouth to swell or lead to gum irritation.
Tumor in the jaw bone may also cause unexplained tooth loss and mobility. Loose tooth, pain, swelling and lumps on the jaw are realistic symptoms of jaw cancer. See your dentist immediately if you experience such.
Another causes of bumps on jawbone is temporomandibular joint syndrome.
Red white patches on mouth
- White or grayish patches may appear on your lips or inside mouth (called keratosis or Leukoplakia) due to mild reasons. This may be caused by irritant like tobacco, rough tooth, broken denture and exposure to carcinogenic chemical substances.
- Red patches or colored spot that look and feel smooth (erythroplakia) may be precancerous. These patches should cause worry. Seek doctor’s intervention to rule out any of the serious underlying causes.
Mixed red and white patches (erythroleukoplakia) may also appear in your mouth. This is an abnormal cell growth that may turn cancerous. The condition may cause no in early stages. However, you may be able to notice some of these mouth abnormalities before you even feel them.
These patches signify abnormality in your mouth tissue. Sometimes these patches may be rough or hard. White patches mostly are benign although red and mixed patches are precancerous. Bumps on lips
Ways to get rid of mouth bumps?
The following ways may be used to get rid of mild mouth bumps, ulcers, blisters and sore.
- Rinse your mouth with salt water or baking soda solution.
- Rinse with mild mouth wash such as deglycyrrhizinated licorice DGL extract, sage etc.
- Use milk of magnesia.
- Dab the lump with hydrogen peroxide.
- Apply some honey on the blister or ulcers.
- Suck on zinc lozenges.
- Take Echinacea, vitamin B complex supplements.
- Use apple cider vinegar mouth wash.
- Use chamomile compress.
- Coconut oil.
- Drink or take Yogurt
Bumps on lips