A 28-year-old female asked:
my 9 year old seems to have a mucocele bump under her tongue. it doesn't hurt her but its aggravating. it goes and comes...is it ok to pop it?
3 doctor answers
Dr. Sonober Umair answered
17 years experience Pediatrics
No : Take her to her pediatrician and ask his/ her opinion if necessary they will refer you to surgeon, no home surgeries. That can bleed profusely remember tongue has a very rich blood supply. Don't ask for trouble.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
Dr. John Edwards answered
26 years experience Pediatrics
Will refill: Popping it is not usually recommended - risks infection (though low risk, usually) and typically these simply heal and refill with fluid. Watch it for a few months, if not resolving, then if it's bothering her, take her to dentist or oro-maxillo-facial surgeon (aka oral surgeon) to have it removed.
Answered on Jun 23, 2015
Dr. Gary Sandler answered
53 years experience Dentistry
Absolutely not!: First, you can't be sure that it is a mucocele, and secondly, without professional training, you will probably do more damage than good, and may well run into an emergency situation. Leave the diagnosis and treatment to the professionals. This is much more involved than removing a splinter from a finger.
Answered on Jun 7, 2013
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