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14 Quick Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Mucocele

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14 Quick Home Remedies To Get Rid Of Mucocele September 19, 2017

A random bump on the inner side of your lip is annoying you for the past few days. It isn’t really painful, but all you can think of is how to get rid of this mucous-filled bump. You can now relax as we have compiled a list of the best home remedies for this bump or cyst, which is commonly known as a mucocele. Keep reading to know how to treat mucocele at home.

Mucocele mostly develops as a small bump (or cyst) inside your mouth, usually on the lower lips or the floor of the mouth. It can also form on the inside of your cheeks. In most cases, these cysts do not cause pain. They have a sac-like structure that contains accumulated mucous. They are also known as oral mucous cysts (1).

The presence of such cysts can result in excess saliva production in the mouth, thereby causing speech problems and difficulty while eating food. Let us look at the causes of mucocele, after which we shall talk about the various effective home remedies you can use to get rid of it.

Causes Of Mucocele

Most mucoceles result from damage to the saliva ducts. This could be due to the following factors:

  • Trauma (getting hurt by an object) or lip biting.
  • Sometimes, we accidentally bite the inside of our cheeks. A mucocele can easily form at such a site.
  • When the mucocele forms under the tongue, on the floor of the mouth, it is known as a ranula. This happens when the salivary glands present there experience any kind of blockage (1).

How to get rid of a mucocele? You can visit a dentist to remove it. He/she will generally use a scalpel and other specialized equipment to remove the cysts. However, if the cyst is not big or is particularly cumbersome, you may opt for home remedies.

[ Read: Simple Home Remedies For Angular Cheilitis ]

Below listed are some proven home remedies for mucoceles.

How To Get Rid Of Mucocele

  1. Alum
  2. Sea Salt And Distilled Water
  3. Hydrogen Peroxide
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar
  5. Honey And Tea Tree Oil
  6. Essential Oil
  7. Baking Soda
  8. Listerine
  9. Lemon
  10. Yogurt
  11. Moist Tea Bags
  12. Turmeric
  13. Sage
  14. Myrrh

Home Remedies For Mucoceles

1. Alum For Mucocele

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You Will Need

A pinch of alum powder

What You Have To Do
  1. Place the alum on the cyst.
  2. Keep it on for a few minutes and then rinse your mouth with water.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day until the mucocele heals.

Why This Works

Hydrated potassium aluminum sulfate, which is commonly known as alum, is very effective in treating a mucocele. Applying alum will help burst the cyst easily and prevent its recurrence.

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2. Sea Salt And Distilled Water For Mucocele

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You Will Need
  • A cup of lukewarm water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (or table salt)
What You Have To Do
  1. Add the salt to the cup of water and mix well.
  2. Rinse your mouth thoroughly with this.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Sea salt can be your savior for eliminating mucous cysts. The alkalinity of the salt softens and bursts the mucocele. Within a few days, the cysts will be gone.

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3. Hydrogen Peroxide

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You Will Need
  • 3% hydrogen peroxide
  • A cotton swab
What You Have To Do

Dip the cotton swab in hydrogen peroxide and apply it on the mucocele.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

Hydrogen peroxide is antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal in nature. It aids quicker healing of cysts and wounds and prevents infections (2).

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4. Apple Cider Vinegar

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You Will Need
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • A cup of warm water
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the vinegar with water and rinse your mouth with it.
  2. Follow this up with a rinse with normal water.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this vinegar rinse twice a day.

Why This Works

The pH balancing properties of ACV regulate the excessive saliva and mucous production, thus healing the mucocele faster (3).

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5. Honey And Tea Tree Oil For Mucocele

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 2-3 drops tea tree oil
What You Have To Do
  1. Mix the essential oil in honey and apply on the mucocele.
  2. Leave it on for a couple of minutes and then rinse your mouth.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this twice a day.

Why This Works

Honey has proven antibacterial properties, and it has been used since ages to treat various skin problems and infections. Applying honey on the cyst for a few days will help in reducing the inflammation gradually (4). Tea tree oil is effective against many types of microorganisms. It also helps to heal the cyst quickly (5).

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6. Essential Oil For Mucocele

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You Will Need

1-2 drops evening primrose oil OR oregano oil

What You Have To Do

Apply the oil directly on the mucocele cyst.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice or thrice a day for a few days.

Why This Works

Evening primrose oil and oregano oil, known for their potent therapeutic and antibacterial properties, can be used to treat mucous cysts (6). They work in the same way as alum. Oregano oil also exerts antiseptic and analgesic effects (7).

Caution

If you have not used oregano oil before this, dilute it with a few drops of castor oil and then apply on the mucocele. This is because oregano oil can be highly concentrated in biologically active compounds and can sometimes cause allergic reactions. Diluting it will ensure a safer application.

[ Read: Home Remedies To Treat Blisters On Your Tongue ]

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7. Baking Soda For Mucocele

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You Will Need
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • Water
What You Have To Do
  1. Make a paste of baking soda by mixing it with water and apply it on the oral mucocele.
  2. Leave it on for 8-10 minutes and then rinse it off.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice a day.

Why This Works

The alkalinity of baking soda exerts antimicrobial effects on the mucocele. It also soothes the inflamed skin (8).

Caution

Baking soda may slightly sting initially, but this is completely normal.

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8. Listerine

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You Will Need

Listerine

What You Have To Do

Rinse your mouth as directed with the mouthwash.

How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice a day.

Why This Works

Using a strong mouthwash with antibacterial ingredients, like Listerine, can help soften the cyst in the mouth and burst it easily (9).

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9. Lemon

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You Will Need
  • Lemon juice
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do
  1. Using the cotton swab, apply the lemon juice on the mucous cyst.
  2. Leave it on for a few minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Do this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Lemon juice contains vitamin C that controls the swelling of the cyst and aids quick healing (10).

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10. Yogurt

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You Will Need

1 cup yogurt

What You Have To Do

Consume this either in between meals or with them.

How Often You Should Do This

Eat yogurt every day religiously.

Why This Works

Yogurt, with its probiotics, nutrients, and enzymes, regulates various body processes and aids the body to heal the mucocele (11). It soothes the irritated skin around the mucocele.

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11. Moist Tea Bags

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You Will Need
  • 1 tea bag
  • A cup of hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Steep the tea bag in hot water for a few minutes.
  2. Place it in the refrigerator for 15-20 minutes to cool it down.
  3. Place the cool and moist tea bag on the mucocele cyst.
  4. Keep it on for 10-12 minutes.
How Often You Should Do This

Repeat this twice or thrice a day until the mucocele heals.

Why This Works

The tannic acid present in tea acts as an astringent and also reduces inflammation at the affected site (12).

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12. Turmeric

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You Will Need
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Milk or water
What You Have To Do
  1. Make some turmeric paste and apply it on the mucocele.
  2. Leave it on for as long as possible.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this twice a day.

Why This Works

Turmeric, a household kitchen spice with strong antibacterial properties, has been used to treat several skin infections. It also has anti-inflammatory properties (13).

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13. Sage

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You Will Need
  • 3 teaspoons dried sage leaves
  • 2 glasses of hot water
What You Have To Do
  1. Let the sage leaves steep in hot water for 15 minutes.
  2. Strain and gargle with this herbal decoction.
  3. Follow it up with a rinse with plain water.
How Often You Should Do This

Gargle with this twice or thrice a day.

Why This Works

Sage is an aromatic herb found mostly in the Mediterranean region. It has natural astringent and anti-inflammatory properties (14).

Caution

Use sage for a mouth rinse, but do not swallow it.

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14. Myrrh

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You Will Need
  • A few drops of diluted myrrh tincture
  • Cotton swab
What You Have To Do
  1. Apply a drop or two of the tincture on the mucocele.
  2. Rinse your mouth after 3-4 seconds.
How Often You Should Do This

Apply this twice a day.

Why This Works

A thorny herb native to East Africa, myrrh has potent antiseptic properties (15). The resin derived from its bark can be used to treat mouth ulcers and infections. It has astringent properties and dries up the cyst quickly.

Caution

People with diabetes should not ingest this as it has a hypoglycemic effect.

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A mucous cyst is commonly seen as a mucocele on the lower lip. But, it can also develop as a mucocele on the roof of the mouth. No matter where it develops, you can use any of these remedies to get rid of it in a short span of time. Here are some more tips for you to prevent mucoceles.

Tips And Precautions

  • At times, the best thing is to leave the mucocele cyst alone. If it doesn’t heal by itself in a few days, you can opt for the remedies we have listed above.
  • Placing an ice cube on the dental mucocele helps to reduce the inflammation.
  • If you have the habit of biting your lip, refrain from it as much as possible.
  • For an existing mucocele, make sure that it does not get infected by using antibacterial mouthwashes or homemade mouth rinses with ACV or lemon.
  • Eat carefully so that you do not bite off the affected area and aggravate the salivary mucocele even further.
  • Maintain good oral hygiene to avoid infections.

Find below some common doubts answered for you.

Expert’s Answers For Readers’ Questions

Are mucoceles dangerous?

They are usually harmless, except for the scar tissue they can sometimes leave behind.

Are mucoceles painful?

A deep mucocele can be painful, which is a rare case. Most mucoceles are superficial and painless.

How long does it take for a mucocele to form?

There is no specific period for a mucocele to develop. It usually develops suddenly.

How long does it take for mucocele to go away?

Most mucoceles go away in a week or so. There have been cases where the mucocele took 3-6 weeks to heal by itself.

What are the most common locations to find mucoceles?

An oral mucocele can be found at any of the following locations:

  • Inside the lower lip
  • Inner cheek
  • Under the tongue (floor of the mouth)
  • Roof of the mouth
  • On the tongue

Mucoceles are very rarely found on the upper lip.

What kind of doctor to go to for a mucocele?

Consult a dental specialist to avail allopathy treatment for a mucocele.

Mostly painless, a mucocele can get in the way of regular eating and drinking. Simple and easy-to-do remedies can be used conveniently to treat them at home. We hope this article will help to get rid of your oral mucous cyst and give you relief.

Now that you know how to get rid of mucocele, what are you waiting for? Give these remedies a try and do let us know which one worked for you by commenting in the box below.

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