Cysts, Mucous Cysts
A mucous cyst, also known as a mucocele, is a fluid-filled swelling that occurs on the lip or the mouth. Mucous cysts are small, fluid-filled sacs that tend to develop in the mouth or on the fingers and toes. They are not harmful, but they can be uncomfortable. A cyst is a sac-like pocket of membranous tissue that contains fluid, air, or other substances. Cysts can grow almost anywhere in your body or under your skin.
Signs and symptoms of Cysts, Mucous Cysts may include
- Mucous cysts are generally not associated with any symptoms other than the presence of the cyst itself. They can be uncomfortable, but, usually, they do not cause any pain.
- Mucous cysts are thin sacs that contain clear fluid. They are usually smooth or shiny in appearance and bluish-pink in color. The cysts can vary in size but are typically around 5-8 millimeters wide.
- Large, oral cysts may interfere with chewing or talking. It is also possible for a cyst to burst. This will cause the fluid to leak out, and it can become an infection risk.
Poor dental hygiene and a habit of lip or cheek biting due to stress can also put you at higher risk for developing mucous cysts. Some people develop these cysts as a bad reaction to tartar-control toothpaste.
Preparing For Your Cysts, Mucous Cysts Surgery
Before you have your surgery, there are a few preparation tips that we recommend. It is important to follow your surgeon's pre and post-op advice as this is specific to you. We may refer to a doctor who specializes in the treatment of Preparing For Your Cysts, Mucous Cysts Surgery problems (rheumatologist) for further evaluation.
Post Operative Activities
- Please keep your hand elevated as much and as often as possible for 1-2 days after surgery. This helps reduce swelling, and your hand may throb and feel worse if it is hanging down.
- Please keep your surgical bandage on and clean and dry until your post - operative
- You may shower/bath, but keep the bandage dry. You can use a plastic bag taped up at the end, saran wrap or press-n-seal
- While ice is generally very good for pain and swelling for the first 48 hours after
any injury or surgery.