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Old 01-23-2010, 01:50 PM
Rigamarole Rigamarole is offline
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Can you get a zit inside your mouth? (TMI)

Yesterday I noticed a small red bump just inside my mouth on the left side. It looks like a pimple, however I am concerned by the fact that it's inside my mouth - not a place where I would usually get one.

This is not a request for medical advice yada yada yada, just want to know if it is possible for a pimple to actually form in that area.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:01 PM
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Sounds like a cold sore. Don't let the "herpes" scare you -- the ones in your mouth are different.
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Old 01-23-2010, 02:18 PM
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I've had those before too. Wonder if QtM will pop in with his opinion?
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:43 PM
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A zit is the result of a clogged sweat gland in the skin. I don't think we have sweat glands on the inside of our mouths, so zits here are probably impossible.
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Old 01-23-2010, 03:47 PM
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Don't actual pimples form in pores or hair follicles? Which you don't have inside your mouth?

ETA: Ninja'd.

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Old 01-23-2010, 04:54 PM
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Maybe it's a canker sore.

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Old 01-23-2010, 04:56 PM
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Yes, I'm thinking a canker sore/mouth ulcer rather than a cold sore. I get them from time to time; usually on the interior of my left cheek. It gradually worsens and then clears up on its own.
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Old 01-23-2010, 07:58 PM
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Pop it and report back.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:06 PM
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Pop it and report back.
With video.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:23 PM
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Yes, it wouldn't technically be a pimple but it could be a small infection which could get red and inflamed and have a whitehead of pus, just like a pimple. To the untrained eye it would look like a pimple. To a doctor it would look like...something else.
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:29 PM
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Could be a herpetic cold sore, could be an apthous ulcer, could be a mucocele, could be a plugged salivary duct, could be other things too.

I'm not going to try to make further guesses or diagnose without being able to take a good history and do an exam.

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Old 01-23-2010, 09:26 PM
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Could be a herpetic cold sore, could be an apthous ulcer, could be a mucocele, could be a plugged salivary duct, could be other things too.

I'm not going to try to make further guesses or diagnose without being able to take a good history and do an exam.
A small painless raised bump on the buccal mucosa near the molars is often the result of a small salivary calculus stuck (usually temporarily) at the exit of the parotid gland duct (called Stenson's duct).

See here for a representative photograph, although in this photograph the thing that looks like a pimple is actually a small mucosal ulcer overlying the duct papilla (exit).

As QtM mentions, it could be early cancer, too, so we don't like to make a diagnosis or even a very strong diagnostic suggestion, over a message board.

You can get ordinary abscesses in the mouth, along with a host of other lesions; small ulcerations are more common than pimply-looking things.

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Old 01-25-2010, 09:55 AM
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Could be a herpetic cold sore, could be an apthous ulcer, could be a mucocele, could be a plugged salivary duct, could be other things too.

I'm not going to try to make further guesses or diagnose without being able to take a good history and do an exam.
In other words, Rigmarole, you need to move to Wisconsin and commit a felony, stat!

Or what might be easier... if it doesn't go away in a couple of days, pop in and visit your dentist or primary care doc; they'll be qualified to tell you what it is.
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Old 01-25-2010, 10:13 PM
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I often get canker sores, too (my mouth is just a circus of various sores and weirdnesses, for some unknown reason), and they sometimes have a small, white area in the middle that kind of looks like the head of a pimple. Canker sores usually clear up on their own in a day or two; if I get one in an area that is constantly irritated (where a crooked tooth rubs on the inside of my mouth or something), I might need to take more measures to get it to clear up.

So? How's your mouth pimple, Rigamarole?
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