A mucous cyst is a sac that forms on the inside of your lips. It is not life threatening and can be treated fairly simply. This condition is said to be caused by a pinch from the teeth. You can get this condition on your gums and other places inside the mouth region. A mucous cyst is not painful at all, but you may wish to get it treated because it is rather inconvenient and bothersome. This condition can also form a solid bump if left untreated; however, usually it will go away on its own.
- Skill level:
Wait. The mucous cyst will usually go away on its own in a few days. If it does not, or it is becoming hard to handle, non-emergency medical attention should be sought.
See a doctor. Once a doctor looks at your mucous cyst, he will be able to tell right away what it is.
Using a needle, the doctor will pop open the cyst and the fluid will drain out properly.
Removing the mucous cyst may be the last step in this process. If the medical care provider popped the mucous cyst, and it returns, it may need to be permanently removed.
Tips and warnings
- The mucous cyst is never painful. It is just bothersome.
- Never stick a needle into the cyst yourself. It can become infected without the proper medical assistance.
- Emergency medical advice should not be sought. This is an uncomfortable condition but not dangerous to your health.