The description of a blood blister is one of the most common ones that a dentist gets to listen to. In most cases these blood blisters are harmless oral ulcers, however in some cases these require deeper examination.
Blood Blisters In The Mouth: Usually Harmless
A blood blister is more often than not an infected oral ulcer or a chewing injury. You can bite the inside of your cheek or tongue causing a traumatic ulcer which can be acutely painful. If the ulcer does not heal properly, it can be invaded by micro-organisms that can give it a dark reddish or even a dark brownish appearance.
Such a condition usually heals on its own. You may have to visit a dentist in case it is interfering with your chewing or talking by coming in between the teeth constantly. The dentist will then remove any pointed or jagged edge from the offending tooth by just rounding it off a smidge.
If the blood blister is causing you pain, over-the-counter medication will be sufficient to give you relief.
If the blood blister continues to grow in size or does not heal even after a long time, then you should show it your dentist.
There are also situations when you notice that what started off as a blood blister is beginning to change in color, or a burning sensation makes its appearance. This also needs to be monitored closely.
Other Possible Conditions
The symptoms mentioned above could be a sign of oral cancer, which is increasing in prevalence all over the world. Oral cancer spreads to different parts of the body very quickly.
If you are a smoker or ingest tobacco in any other form, then these signs should trigger off an alarm immediately. Like with any other form of cancer, early detection is key to minimizing the trauma that comes with the cancer treatment.
If a blood blister appears on the tongue, it could be a hemangioma. The worst thing that you can do in this situation is to try and burst the pimple. A hemangioma like a benign tumor that grows from blood vessels. It is not usually big enough to warrant any treatment, however in the rare case that it does grow in size or is causing an aesthetic problem, it needs to be removed using electrocautery to control the bleeding.
Both oral cancer and hemangioma are really rare, but when they do appear early recognition and treatment are key to a successful outcome.
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