NetWellness is a global, community service providing quality, unbiased health information from our partner university faculty. NetWellness is commercial-free and does not accept advertising.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Tiny, reccuring bubble under tongue
a painful, tiny, clear looking bubble keeps appearing under my tongue. it pops some how and goes away, but weeks later returns. i`m a 26 yr old female who works and goes to school. is it stress or immune related, or something serious? it`s always in the center underneath my tongue. kind of reminds me of a blister and once it goes away i forget about it until it`s back. only lasts a few days at a time. please advise.
This probably represents what is known as a mucocele, which is a harmless, annoying condition caused when one of the little tubes that leads from a minor salivary gland to the surface of the mouth gets disrupted. The mucus pours into the tissue under the lining of the mouth, creating what appears to be a blister. Usually people have to see an oral surgeon to have the minor salivary gland responsible for the mucocele removed.
Carl M Allen, DDS, MSD
Professor of Oral Pathology
College of Dentistry
The Ohio State University