Thank you in advance for your time. I am 24 years old (male) and a non-smoker/drinker. Recently, I had a sore on my lip due to an apparent virus I was fighting. I seem to always stroke my hard palate with my tongue as a nervous habit; last night I did so, and felt a slightly raised 'bump' on the right side of my hard palate. It is about the size of the head of a match (maybe even smaller) and is fixed and hard (it is not painful; however, when I touch it with my finger, there is a slight sensation). It appears to be slightly red in color. To my knowledge, it has been there for 2 days now, as I am certain I would have felt it before. I am currently trying to get in to see a dentist, but am now emotionally drained from stressing myself out. I am wondering if this could be caused from a virus. Also, is this how a tumor would present? Thanks a lot.
What you have described may represent several things. Traumatically induced lesions are the most common followed by inflammatory. Infectious is certainly one but I would not be too quick to worry as auto-innoculation of the herpes virus of the lip to inside of the palate is unlikely.
Minor salivary gland lesions are uncommon in your age.
Generally, traumatic lesion spontaneouly heal within 7-10 days. If the lesion persists for more than two weeks, is rapidly enlarging or causing pain, then I would see out an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon for evaluation. Persistent lesions without explanation should be biopsied.
A final thought is that you may be getting a palatine torus which is a benign enlargement of normal bone. Again, the surgeon would be able to tell after a clinical exam.
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