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Lump in jaws, painful, sore throat, difficulty in eating. Had oral sex. Why?

I have a large lump that suddenly appeared on my jawline this morning. I did not hurt it or do i have any type of tooth problem. It sticks out and is pretty noticeable. It also has some slight pain to it and really hurts if i try to chew or eat anything or even drink. I do not have a sore throat nor any type of an ear ache either. I tried putting some ice on it but it didn't help at all. Actually it was more painful. This is a little embarrassing but, last night i performed oral sex on my wife. I have never had a problem afterwards in the past and even last night i did not notice anything but, this morning i sat down and tried to chew a sandwich and it sprung up out of nowhere. I did not notice it until i was up for a few hours already. Any suggestions?
Asked On : Thu, 11 Apr 2013
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Hello and welcome to HCM.

Thank you for your query.

It is comforting to know that the sexual act performed orally was on your spouse, as otherwise it would cause doubts of a sexually transmitted infection to be the cause for this. Although I would like to ask if you have had only one sexual partner, and since when have you been married?

But coming down to the most likely cause, as this is commonly seen in married couples, especially the male partner, your condition could be simple inflammation of the gums also called gingivitis.

Do not worry about this, it shall slowly subside. Please note that this is not considered to be a hygiene problem. The oral cavity has surroundings quite different from the vagina, which has a pH which is quite different from that of the oral cavity.

I would advice some simple measures to treat your condition. Starting with regular cleansing of the mouth, especially after oral sexual contact and after every meal. You could use a mouth wash containing chlorhexidine or hydrogen peroxide. If this doesn't help much (which is in rare cases) you could also initiate a course of antibiotics (eg. metronidazole 500 mg one tablet three times a day).

I am sure you will be fine in no time. In the meantime, please avoid hard food and acidic food and drinks as this can worsen the condition of your gums.

I hope I have succeeded in providing the information you were looking for. Please feel free to write back to me for any further clarifications. I would gladly help you.

Best wishes.
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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