Bumps in Mouth?

There are many people who can feel bumps in mouth. Some have had them for as long as they can remember and they have ignored them for so long because they do not hurt even when bitten slightly.

Question 1:

I have bumps on my lips, they are of varying sizes and they spread out all over the area between my lips and my gums. I have them on both the top and bottom of my mouth. What are they? The larger ones appear light colored but they are not really raised. Could it be cancer?

Question 2:

A bump on my inner lip appeared a few years ago and I took it for granted until I noticed more appearing. Now I frequently nibble on them. One time someone asked me what I was chewing on, I simply said "the bumps in my mouth," my friend looked at me weird. Then I asked him if he doesn't do that. He said he did not have them. That's when I realized that not everyone has them, and I am now actually jealous of people who have smooth inner lips. I am also concerned now about these bumps in mouth. Why do I have them, and is it dangerous now that I chew on them?

Question 3:

I have those small bumps too and I thought they were normal. Sometimes they get inflamed and get bigger. Sometimes I have popped one and some kind of fluid came out and then the bump disappeared. I know I wasn't supposed to pop them, but popping them makes them disappear.

Answer:

Different kinds of bumps appear in the oral cavity. Some are harmless though there may be some that indicate a more serious medical condition. Lichen planus is one condition that affects the lining of the mouth. This is a chronic autoimmune disease, which means its one symptom is the body attacking its own cells. These types of bumps usually appear as small white lumps and may also appear as fluid-filled vesicles. The cause of this condition is yet to be determined; the only explanation available is that they occur when the body's immune system triggers a chronic inflammatory process in the tissues that line the mouth, nose, throat, rectum and the vagina. If you also notice bumps on the areas mentioned, you should consult your doctor immediately. Ulcerated lesions need biopsy.

Another mouth disorder that may cause the appearance of bumps in mouth is called leukoplakia. These are painless bumps that may also appear on the tongue inside the cheek and they are considered harmless, but lesions that grow and get inflamed may turn to cancer in time. Smoking increases the risk of cancer though. Leukoplakia may be treated with surgery and removal of the bumps is one sure step to preventing cancer.