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Bump on soft palate, growing. What is it?

Hello, I have a small bump on my soft palate; it's centered and just beyond the hard palate. It can't be bigger than a matchhead and sometimes it's there and sometimes it isn't. I have "removed" (ripped it off with my fingernail) it before but it always comes back. Is it a cyst of some sort? Or a sign of something worse?
Asked On : Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Feb 2014
Hello and Welcome to HCM,
Thanks for writing to us.
Your symptoms are suggestive of a throat infection most likely a viral infection. Bacterial infections thought can't be ruled out completely.
Usually such viral infections resolve spontaneously in 3-5 days time. If they worsen, you need appropriate antibiotics.
I suggest the following treatment options currently:
1) For pain relief, anti-inflammatory, fever reducing medications (acetaminophen, ibuprofen) will help you.
2) For soreness relief you can have salt water gargles (gargle with XXXXXXX warm salt water- one forth teaspoon of salt would be enough in half a cup of water) several times a day, lozenges and warm liquids. Gargling with warm water mixed with dissolvable aspirin can give additional benefits.
3) Avoid Acidic Drinks, Spicy Food and Sour Substances.
4) Consume plenty of water and good fruits and vegetables.
Hope this helps you.
Wishing you good health...
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Hello dear
As per information provided by you it can be an enlargement of mucous glands present in soft palate.It releases mucous when ruptured and there is again collection of mucous lateron. Normally it is not of great concern.Still better if you consult with a dentist .
Dr. Amit k. Gaba
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Qazi Ammara's  Response

Thanks for asking the query,

Small bumps on the soft palate can be enlargement of the mucous glands, lymphoid follicle secondary to infection or inflammation leading to enlargement of the follicles.

Other then this it can be a mucocele is a swelling in the mucosa consisting of collection of watery substances due to rupture os salivary glands which is usually caused by local trauma or obstructed, ruptured minor salivary gland.

I would like to tell you that this are relatively harmless swellings which will not cause any harm to the body and slowly disappear after sometime.

If it is causing discomfort or pain I would suggest you to consult to an ENT specialist for complete checkup and complete management.

Hope this helps out.

Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Bindiya Bhaskar's  Response
The bump arised at the soft palate may be due to decay or periodontal infection any tooth associated resulting in drainage of abscess into soft palate.
Get a thorough clinical as well as x-ray evaluation done.
If required,root canal treatment as well as drainage of abscess has to be done.
Please do not impinge the lump with your fingers/pins it can cause widespread,septic lesions.
Get scaling done.
Routine dental check-up in every 6 months is adviced.
Hope this helps.
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Farah Hussain's  Response
hello there ,

Appearence of small bumps on the palatal mucosa is may be cystic swelling caused either by physical trauma , chemical injury to the palatal mucosa or allergy to certain food products , hot or cold injury .

It can be viral infection as well , i would suggest you to consult a dentist and get the examination done .

you may need an OPG radiograph to rule out the exact cause and spread of the cystic lesion .

accordingly treatment can be carried out by a dentist .

i hope this helps,

take care.
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Gunjan Gupta's  Response
Thanks for your query.
First of all i would like to tell you that details provided by you are not sufficient,you did not mentioned the color of the bump and also did not inform that, is it painful or not?
But as you provided the detail it seems that it is a minor salivary gland swelling situated in that place.
So nothing to get worried.
Take Care.
Dr.Gunjan Gupta
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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Dentist Dr. Jyoti Ranjan Sahoo's  Response
thanks for the posting your queries
nothing to worry. . apply Triamcinolone base oral ointment (such as kenacort 0.1% oral ointment, oraways oral ointment) . and please visit an ENT specialist for a normal check up
Answered: Thu, 18 Apr 2013
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