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What causes a small reddish swollen bump on the left-sided upper frenulum?

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Posted on Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Question: Hello Doctor,
Since the last two weeks I have noticed a small reddish swelled bump on the left side of my upper frenulum (skin connecting upper lips to gums). I thought it would go away on its own but it didn't. It is small and not painful. While the right side of frenulum is completely normal and plain, the bump can be felt by tongue on the left side and can be seen too. Is it something to worry about?
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Answered by Dr. Shuba Hariprasad (2 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Due to injury

Detailed Answer:
Hello,
Thank you for your query.
I'm Dr. Shuba Hariprasad and will be answering your query today.

The red bump looks like an injury, probably while brushing or eating. Thus will heal and may change color to purple or even white before it fades off.
As it remains the same and is not painful,

I recommend :
-brushing carefully twice a day. Avoid friction over the affect area.
-rinse mouth with mildly salted water after every meal and then with plain water.
-no need for any pain or inflammation tablets.
- if it become sore or whitish like an ulcer, apply zytee gel with clean finger over affected area 3-4 times a day. Spit out any medication that mixes with saliva.
-take a vitamin b complex supplement like becosule (1 a day).
-Have curd with active cultures twice a day

The bump should go away in 2-3 weeks, if not or it becomes bigger, please consult a dentist to rule out other causes like infection.

Hope this helps.
Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
Wish you good health

Regards,
Dr. Shuba Hariprasad

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What causes a small reddish swollen bump on the left-sided upper frenulum?

Brief Answer: Due to injury Detailed Answer: Hello, Thank you for your query. I'm Dr. Shuba Hariprasad and will be answering your query today. The red bump looks like an injury, probably while brushing or eating. Thus will heal and may change color to purple or even white before it fades off. As it remains the same and is not painful, I recommend : -brushing carefully twice a day. Avoid friction over the affect area. -rinse mouth with mildly salted water after every meal and then with plain water. -no need for any pain or inflammation tablets. - if it become sore or whitish like an ulcer, apply zytee gel with clean finger over affected area 3-4 times a day. Spit out any medication that mixes with saliva. -take a vitamin b complex supplement like becosule (1 a day). -Have curd with active cultures twice a day The bump should go away in 2-3 weeks, if not or it becomes bigger, please consult a dentist to rule out other causes like infection. Hope this helps. Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with. Wish you good health Regards, Dr. Shuba Hariprasad