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Old 03-20-2011, 02:12 PM
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What are the little bead-like things you can feel under the skin inside your lips?

If you run your tongue around the inside of your lips you can feel small things about the size of BBs under the skin. What are these?
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:17 PM
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I don't know what you're talking about? Tumors, maybe?
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:19 PM
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Reason to consult a doctor immediately, I would say. I'm not entirely sure what "BB" is (ball bearing?), but I don't have any such things inside my lips.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:20 PM
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I don't know what you're talking about? Tumors, maybe?
Gees I hope not. I have had them as long as I can remember. They seem to me to be like fat nodules or maybe salivary glands or something like that. I don't think they are anything nefarious.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:21 PM
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And to clarify, I am not talking about the part of your lips that can be seen by others. I am talking about the inside of your lips that face your gums and teeth.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:22 PM
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Reason to consult a doctor immediately, I would say. I'm not entirely sure what "BB" is (ball bearing?), but I don't have any such things inside my lips.
BB= beebee, like pellet in the gun kids shoot
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:23 PM
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I can go to the mirror and grin or something to stretch out the skin on my lips, and see lots of little whiteheads. I think that's basically what they are. Occasionally a mass will grow big enough I can even squeeze it out like a whitehead. Mine aren't the size of BBs though. I can't even see them if I don't stretch the skin out.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:25 PM
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labial glands

More aptly descibed as feeling like what you would find in tapioca pudding.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:28 PM
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Do you have them on both the upper and lower lips? My lower lip feels totally smooth to the tongue, but my upper lip feels somewhat "bumpy." I'm not sure whether I'd describe the bumps as "bead-like," more like a texture, and there's nothing to see in the mirror.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:29 PM
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Never mind.

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Old 03-20-2011, 02:33 PM
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I can't feel them. Do I need to go to the doctor?!
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:36 PM
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They're salivary glands. Occasionally one will fill up and enlarge whereby it's called a mucocele.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:51 PM
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They're salivary glands. Occasionally one will fill up and enlarge whereby it's called a mucocele.
A quick Google shows salary glands are not found in the lips.
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Old 03-20-2011, 02:53 PM
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I have them. They seem to become more or less prominent at times. They are especially noticeable poking my tongue around my upper lip near where it meets the gum. I doubt they are harmful or any reason to call a doctor.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:30 PM
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A quick Google shows salary glands are not found in the lips.
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Minor salivary glands


There are over 600 minor salivary glands located throughout the oral cavity within the submucosa[1] of the oral mucosa. They are 1-2mm in diameter and unlike the other glands, they are not encapsulated by connective tissue only surrounded by it. The gland is usually a number of acini connected in a tiny lobule. A minor salivary gland may have a common excretory duct with another gland, or may have its own excretory duct. Their secretion is mainly mucous in nature (except for Von Ebner's glands) and have many functions such as coating the oral cavity with saliva. Problems with dentures are usually associated with minor salivary glands.[2]
Maybe you were looking up salary glands instead of salivary glands.
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Old 03-20-2011, 03:34 PM
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Gees I hope not. I have had them as long as I can remember. They seem to me to be like fat nodules or maybe salivary glands or something like that. I don't think they are anything nefarious.
Didn't mean cancer-tumors. Although I wasn't ruling that out. I have lots of small benign tumors under my skin--small pea-like lumps.

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Maybe you were looking up salary glands instead of salivary glands.
I wish I had a salary gland. I could use the extra money.
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:04 PM
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Maybe you were looking up salary glands instead of salivary glands.
Bazinga!
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Old 03-20-2011, 04:19 PM
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I have these, as well. They're not on the surface, like a canker sore; they're underneath. You have to put a small amount of pressure on them with your tongue to feel them. I'm not sure what they are, but I've had them for so long without them growing or having any symptoms that I have to believe they're nothing to worry about. I've always wondered what they are, though.
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Old 03-20-2011, 05:29 PM
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I have these, as well. They're not on the surface, like a canker sore; they're underneath. You have to put a small amount of pressure on them with your tongue to feel them. I'm not sure what they are, but I've had them for so long without them growing or having any symptoms that I have to believe they're nothing to worry about. I've always wondered what they are, though.
See post #15. They are (minor) salivary glands. Sometimes the ducts become blocked and they get larger.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:31 PM
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Tiny, white, round lesions inside the lips are often fibromas. They arise from repeated injury, like biting one's lip. They take about 10 seconds for a doctor to remove.

See you healthcare provider at you convenience.
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Old 03-20-2011, 06:41 PM
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Doesn't the seventh response answer it? Labial glands...
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:19 PM
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I've had a few of these in my lip since I was a child. When I was very young, I used to think they were cancer. Many years later I am here to tell you they are not. I don't know what they are, though. I have just one now and haven't thought about it in years until I read this post.
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Old 03-20-2011, 07:40 PM
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I don't have anything to add except I have always wondered this too. I can even grab mine with my teeth and this has been true since childhood. Tapioca is a good description. It isn't cancer. It is just an odd texture in certain areas of the mouth on both sides.

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Old 03-20-2011, 07:47 PM
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They haven't changed, aren't discolored or oozing anything. Just the same as ever, just didn't know what they were.

On another note, what are the hard, flat, things growing out the end of each of my fingers and toes?
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:04 PM
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Well, it was a full moon last night, are you getting suddenly hairy, newcrasher?
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Old 03-21-2011, 02:13 AM
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Uh, I don't have these. Is one supposed to have these? Am I missing a gland! Aaaaaahhh!!!
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Old 03-21-2011, 04:56 AM
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Yes, I have them, and I think those who say they don't are pushing with their tongue hard enough, as the Labial Glands answer is 100% correct from my reckoning...
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:45 AM
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I have these, as well. They're not on the surface, like a canker sore; they're underneath. You have to put a small amount of pressure on them with your tongue to feel them. I'm not sure what they are, but I've had them for so long without them growing or having any symptoms that I have to believe they're nothing to worry about. I've always wondered what they are, though.
I have them too since Childhood, they are normal for me as my tongue, I am 52 now and was diagnosed "Marfam Syndrom" a connective tissue disorder, in 1990. On the occasion of a check up it was explained to me that there are several kinds of disorder affecting the Hearth, Gums, Eyes, Limbs and joints. I now assume that these "Beads" are a normal thing to me with this Marfam Syndrom. Now I know that only some people have them
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Old 03-21-2011, 08:48 AM
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I also have a ton of scar tissue from braces, so I'm not sure what's normal up in there and what ain't.
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Old 03-22-2011, 07:45 AM
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While we're here, what's that part above and in front of your top teeth? It perpendicularly bisects the upper part of the upper-inner lip (behind where a mustache would be.)

And before anyone says I should have just Googled this--it took me long enough to figure out if the part behind the mustache is actually a part of the lip, and I still get conflicting answers.
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Old 03-22-2011, 08:09 AM
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Frenulum. I know because I once had mine removed. It grows back.
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Old 03-22-2011, 10:15 AM
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Hey, I have these too! I always thought everyone had them.
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Old 03-22-2011, 05:32 PM
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Possibly a mucocele.

http://www.library.vcu.edu/pdfgif/tm...1-mucocele.jpg
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It is the Sublingual Caruncle. Please see links to wiki and google images for reference. (To those that came to this thread like I did thinking it was about the "BB's" in the floor of the mouth. This thread helped solve my problem though )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sublingual_caruncle

https://www.google.com/search?q=subl...w=1920&bih=947

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sublingual_papilla

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It is the Sublingual Caruncle. Please see links to wiki and google images for reference. (To those that came to this thread like I did thinking it was about the "BB's" in the floor of the mouth. This thread helped solve my problem though )

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sublingual_caruncle

https://www.google.com/search?q=subl...w=1920&bih=947

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sublingual_papilla
That's not what is described by the OP. They specifically say that the bumps are in their lips, not below their tongue.
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Old 10-16-2017, 02:00 PM
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Possibly a mucocele.
I still hold that mucocele is quite likely, even all these years later.

Updated image here: http://www.primehealthchannel.com/wp...ele-Photos.jpg

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Old 10-16-2017, 03:23 PM
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On another note, what are the hard, flat, things growing out the end of each of my fingers and toes?
They are a curse from god to teach you to stop touching yourself.
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:27 PM
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They are a curse from god to teach you to stop touching yourself.
If they are truly instructions from god, then are they not blessings?
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Old 10-16-2017, 03:47 PM
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That's not what is described by the OP. They specifically say that the bumps are in their lips, not below their tongue.
The OP was confused about where his lips are, so he may well have meant the sublingual thingummys.
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Old 10-16-2017, 04:59 PM
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I know what OP is talking about.

When I was little my a-hole brother told me they were spider egg sacs full of baby spiders. MOOOOOOMMMMMMMMM! Lolol
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:12 PM
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Fordyce spots.

http://www.nursebridgid.com/2013/02/...yce-spots.html
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Old 10-17-2017, 10:44 AM
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The OP was confused about where his lips are, so he may well have meant the sublingual thingummys.
Not really. He/she just clarified that they meant inside the lips, not outside. They didn't say anything about under the tongue.
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Old 10-17-2017, 11:06 AM
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I still hold that mucocele is quite likely, even all these years later.

Updated image here: http://www.primehealthchannel.com/wp...ele-Photos.jpg
I haven't checked the cite--I'm still traumatized by Qadgop's Bagel DickTM. Is it SFLB?

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Any possibility this is just fat? The same sort of thing that causes cellulite in thighs and butts, but happening in your lip? I wouldn't describe it as like a BB at all, or even a singular thing. It's kind of like if your lips were made of balloons filled with jello. There would be some soft almost-bubbly texture underneath the skin, but only noticeable when you squeeze or really press your tongue in looking for it.
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Any possibility this is just fat?
See post 41. Fordyce spots are oil filled cysts. They're more common in people with higher levels of fat in their blood.
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They could be fly larvae...as seen on Cracked today:
SPOILER:
Be real sure you want to see this before you click!
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Old 10-19-2017, 06:09 PM
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Warning gross!

Recently on the Web somewhere there were pictures of a person who was squeezing a lump of whites material out of xis* lower lip. It was in the area where the inside of the lip tansitions into the iinside of the mouth. My recollection is that the accompanying article said this person routinely presses these objects out of xis lip. I also recall that accompaning photo showed this person with a row of white bumps along the the inner edge of xis lip.The article also said that the lumps were harmless, it also explained how the lumps were formed.

I regret that I can't recall where I saw this or what those things are called.

*xis is a neturall personal pronoun

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Old 10-19-2017, 09:46 PM
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If you run your tongue around the inside of your lips you can feel small things about the size of BBs under the skin. What are these?
Ask your dentist. Because a dentist can fully explained what you are referring to and if there is any cause for concern.

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Old 10-19-2017, 10:15 PM
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I’ve had these, too, my whole life. When I run my tongue along my bottom lips, between the lips and gumline, I feel little tapioca bumps like described before. Never thought it was anything interesting, and never had a dentist comment on it.
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Old 10-19-2017, 11:49 PM
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labial glands

More aptly descibed as feeling like what you would find in tapioca pudding.
So is there any reason this isn't the correct answer? Because it seems like exactly what I thought of when I read the OP, yet people continue discussing this as if it's still an open question...
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