Mucocele are tiny bluish colored sacs located on the floor of the mouth under the tongue that are filled with fluid. They are not generally harmful but can cause discomfort and stress on the person inflicted with it. It does not require serious medical attention as it usually resolves spontaneously within 3 to 6 weeks.
Mucocele may often go unnoticed, however some individuals may report certain symptoms, that may arise due to discomfort.
- A small bump most often under the tongue is observed. A bump may also be observed on other areas, along the floor of the mouth. The bump is often translucent or bluish in color and often hard to touch.
- The swollen bump may interfere with the ability of the individual to swallow food. In case the bump is large enough it may also interfere with the individual’s speech.
- In some cases, the condition may be associated with excessive salivation in the mouth.
It is usually caused due to obstruction or rupture of a salivary gland duct in the mouth, which results in the swelling of a part of the gland. This condition is also known as the ranula. Here are some common causes that are associated with the formation of a mucocele, .
- Mouth injury may result in the damage to the duct, which in turn may result a mucocele
- Habitual biting of the lip and other mouth areas may also increase the risk of injury to the duct.
- Gum infection or disease of the oral cavity can result in infection of the duct, which in turn may obstruct the duct and form a mucocele.
Home Treatment for Mucocele Removal
Often it resolves within three to four weeks and doesn’t require any intervention, however there are certain safe and simple home based treatments that can help in quick removal of the mucocele.
- Get cotton gauze and place on it a few drops of milk and a pinch of turmeric powder. The turmeric powder has a strong anti-microbial properties and prevents any form of bacterial infection
- Cover the mucocele with the gauze, then remove it when the gauze starts to feel dry. The cotton gauze will attempt to absorb most of the fluid that has accumulated in the mucocele.
- Apply castor oil on the bump before sleeping. Leave it overnight.
- Smear honey on the bump for fast relief. Honey is considered to have strong anti-bacterial properties in addition to having a soothing effect on the bump.
- Whether you have mucocele or not, avoid biting or sucking your lips. Sucking and biting lips can increase the risk of mouth injuries which turn increases the chances of formation of mucocele.
- Use toothpaste that has tartar control because it can prevent the development of mucocele.
It would also be a good help if you would eat slowly. Chewing your food well, improves the release of saliva from the salivary glands and prevents the formation of mucoceles in the future.