An oral hemangioma is a type of benign tumor or abnormal growth that occurs in the blood vessels of the mouth. It appears as a red, raised or flat lesion on the lips, tongue, gums, or inside the cheeks. Symptoms of oral hemangiomas may include:
- Red or bluish discoloration of the affected area
- Swelling or a lump in the mouth
- Pain or tenderness
- Difficulty eating or speaking, especially if the hemangioma is large
Treatment depends on the size, location, and symptoms of the lesion. In many cases, small hemangiomas do not require treatment and will resolve on their own. However, larger hemangiomas or those that cause significant symptoms may require medical intervention. Excisional biopsy is the most common treatment, although laser therapy may help to remove or reduce its size.