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Have recently noticed collections of small bumps inside both my upper and lower lip. The bumps are fairly uniform in size: about pinhead or smaller. I can move them around with my tongue or fingers, and there may be either an associated lesion or swelling with them; but I can't really tell if its just paranoia about swelling. Visually I can't see them unless I stretch my lip, at which point there are very clear veins, and small bumps in the skin where the underling bumps are.

The lower lip has maybe 10 or more spread evenly (but not symmetrically) across the whole lip, trending down towards the gum line closer to the centre. The areas below the corners of my lips feel the most swollen/concentrated with these bumps.

The upper lip intensifies in size towards the middle, culminating in two nail head sized groupings that I can move around with my fingers on either side of philtrum (Not sure on terminology).

Any notion as to what it could be? Any insight would be appreciated.


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replied December 10th, 2008
Ear, Nose and Throat Disorders Answer A5069

The actual color of the bumps might be very helpful.
If the bumps are red, more like veins, then you might be experiencing hemangioma. Hemangioma is a benign tumor tissue originating from blood vessels. The blood vessels inside do not have strong walls and are susceptible to bleeding.

If the bumps are white, then you might be experiencing Fordyce’s condition. In Fordyce’s condition sebaceous glands are overgrown. The cause is not known. The treatment might include retinoid medications, but the result is not always satisfactory.

Warning!!! Certain retinoid medications can cause serious damage. Consult with a physician about the actual retinoid medication before taking it!

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