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i have a small white bump on the roof of

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Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh

General & Family Physician

Practicing since :1991

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Posted on Thu, 31 Jan 2019 in Dental Health
Question: i have a small white bump on the roof of my mouth. It comes an goes. Seems to be aggravated when I eat something spicy and is sore for a couple days then it disappears. Before it disappears swallowing is annoying. it feels like my throat itches or irritated
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Questions so that I can answer

Detailed Answer:
Hello and welcome,

What you are describing can be a number of different things. Can you please send a photo of it with your cell phone? You can upload it using the 'upload reports' tab.

I have a few additional questions for you:

1. Do you use tobacco in any form?
2. Has anyone (physician or dentist) seen it yet?
3. What's the size of the lump?
4. Indented at all, like a crater?
5. Your age, please?
6. Does it happen more when you have had a cold (viral infection) or can you correlate it to other situations?
7. How long does it last?
8. When did this first start?

Thanks - I'll write back with thoughts on this after hearing from you (and please try to send a few pics so that I can assist you better).

Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
Follow up: Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 54 minutes later
no appt scheduled small but noticable no 47 always sneezing and nose burnas on the same size. thev nasal area feels raw. Feels better after gargling saltwater about a month ago how to get a pic it is in the back by the tonsils.
Answered by Dr. Bonnie Berger-Durnbaugh 19 minutes later
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Detailed Answer:
Thanks for the additional information and for the picture.

Unfortunately, I can't really see much in that picture. Sometimes people hold the cell phone right at the opening of their mouth and take a picture (with the flash on, I think).

So, given this description, let me give you a scenario of the varied things that might possibly be going on, but it really does need to be looked at in person. Either a physician or dentist can take a look.

1. Given that you indicated no to tobacco, the risk of it being something serious is low.

2. Canker sores can look and feel like you describe, but they are more of an ulcer than a bump.

3. Sometimes a small scar forms in response to something that caused trauma or irritation to the tissues. I wouldn't expect this to come and go so often though.

4. Herpes Simplex (cold sores) can form blisters or a blister, and they are quite tender, but you are describing it as being white (and solid?) rather than blistered.

5. Squamous papilloma: this is caused by papillomavirus and is not cancer.

6. Candida: without seeing it, this is going to be my best guess. Candida is a yeast that lives on our skin and can overgrow if conditions for it are right (such as taking antibiotics, diabetes, illness, steroid nasal sprays or steroid asthma inhalers).

7. One more thought: given the allergic or cold symptoms you are describing, it might be mucosal irritation from post nasal drainage (stuff going down the back of your throat).

So... I recommend having a physician take a look as there may be a treatment for it depending on what it is.

I hope this information gives you a place to start.
Let me know if I can assist you further.

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