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Suggest treatment for a painful lump on the tongue

I have a lump inside of my tongue. It is towards the front of my tongue about a centimeter left from the center. When it first started, my tongue swelled quite a bit (not to where I couldn t talk or breathe) and as I remember, it was a little achey. A few days to a week later the swelling went down, however it left behind this tiny lump about the size of a pea inside my tongue. I ve had this lump for almost a year and it doesn t hurt at all unless I really mess with it. I can feel it with my fingers or if I pinch it with my teeth. It seems to grow and shrink randomly. Not like a pulsation, more like 1 minute it ll be about the size of a large pea, and then a few minutes later it will have shrunk down about 40% in size, but it is always present and can always be felt no matter the size. I ve done a lot of research online and the only things I ve been able to find are for mouth cancer, but nobody seems to have my exact symptoms so I can t be sure. I should mention that I have been smoking and drinking for about 4 years (I m 22) but have since stopped doing both. Could really use some help figuring out what is wrong with me!
Mon, 1 Aug 2016
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Hello,

I can understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest that you have developed a cyst-like lesion inside the tongue. Cyst is a fluid filled cavity which is lined by a layer of cells. It is usually painless unless infected and can grow or shrink in size on its own.

As you are having this lesion for about a year, you should not neglect it and get it diagnosed.

I advise you to visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for clinical examination of the lesion and further investigations. You might have to go for x-ray and biopsy to reach a diagnosis. After the diagnosis, treatment can be decided.

I hope this information helps you. Thank you for choosing HealthcareMagic. Take care.

Best,
Dr. Viraj Shah
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Suggest treatment for a painful lump on the tongue

Hello, I can understand your concern. Your symptoms suggest that you have developed a cyst-like lesion inside the tongue. Cyst is a fluid filled cavity which is lined by a layer of cells. It is usually painless unless infected and can grow or shrink in size on its own. As you are having this lesion for about a year, you should not neglect it and get it diagnosed. I advise you to visit an oral and maxillofacial surgeon for clinical examination of the lesion and further investigations. You might have to go for x-ray and biopsy to reach a diagnosis. After the diagnosis, treatment can be decided. I hope this information helps you. Thank you for choosing HealthcareMagic. Take care. Best, Dr. Viraj Shah