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Dr. Andrew Rynne
Dr. Andrew Rynne

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What causes a white stringy discharge from gums?

I'm just wondering it seems to be alcohol that brings it out more. But I get a white stringy slimy things when I wipe around my gum and I have to wipe it cos I feel it sitting there and when I do it's white and if I've drank coke with vodka it comes out dark coloured I'm just wondering what it is it's disgusting it looks like worms to me but I'm hoping it's not that
Tue, 27 Jan 2015
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Pathologist and Microbiologist 's  Response
Hi, thanks for sharing your health concerns with HCM!

If I were your treating Doctor for this case of gum discharge, before commenting anything I would like to know the duration of this and also any kind of tooth problem...

However, in present case, I would come up with three possibilities, these include:
1.     an infected periapical or periodontal cyst
2.     The second possibility is of an abscess      
3.     The last possibility is of some lymph collection or infection!
Overall, it is benign or infective and not to worry about this but you could go for OPG and microscopic test of the discharge for confirmation if still worried!

Hope this answers your question. If you have additional questions or follow up questions then please do not hesitate in writing to us. I will be happy to answer your questions.

Wishing you good health.
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