I developed a curious lone papular lesion almost centered on my upper lip at the point where my lips meet. It is penundulated, round and smooth on the top, flesh coloured with a slight white tone because of the thicker layers of keratin at the top. Probably less than 1/2 mm wide but it seems to be growing very slowly, barely noticeable due to its position on the lip line. I have just come back from my GP and he diagnosed it as a polypoid mucosal lesion. He was sure it was not a wart. He mentioned that this condition is very common. I myself thought it was more of a fibroma. I've been referred to an oral surgeon to have it removed. I was wondering if anyone has experienced this and might know what causes it. Is it a viral infection or due to irritation? One factor might be that I switched to a store-bought soft plastic grind guard that sat on my upper teeth. This might have irritated the skin. Should I demand it be biopsied? Other than looking weird when I open my lips wide, it isn't really causing any problems but it is really freaking me out.
Polypoid lesion is a small vascularized growth arising from the surface of a mucous membrane, having a rounded base or a stalklike projection. It presents as a well-defined, mobile, painless, dome-shaped swelling. To confirm the diagnosis before getting it removed, it is best to get a biopsy skin done.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your dermatologist. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
It was a fibroepithelial polyp. The oral surgeon had it biopsied and it turned out to have some a minimal amount of dysplasia. I believe the cause was cedar wood toothpicks that I was using for a while. The toxins in the cedar wood along with the friction irritation caused the fibroma.
I would highly recommend that anyone developing such a lesion to immediately see an oral surgeon who specializes in pathology.
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