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Advice on lip swelling

Is it dangerous if my lips swells. and my voice is not clear.
(November 10, 2010)

Advice on lip swelling 

Are you suffering from swollen lips and find that, your voice is unclear? It is important to note, that very often, lip swelling is not a condition in itself. It is more likely to be a symptom than an ailment.

Cause of Lip swelling:

The cause of lip swelling can be a minor allergy, eczema (inflammation of the lips), hives, or in extreme cases, even acromegaly (enlarged lips).

• Allergic causes

Bee stings are often the common cause of lip swelling. As your body tries to fight off the allergens delivered by the sting, you may suffer mild tingling to painful inflammation of your lips. The severity of the symptom differs from person to person.

Similarly, certain bug bites may also be inflammatory. How to reduce lip swelling in such cases? The best lip swelling treatment is to apply ice or cold packs to the stung area as well as the swollen lips. Taking a prescription antihistamine will bring down the inflammation in a few hours.
Food and medication allergies are also a common cause of lip swelling. Avoid food that causes an allergic reaction and always check for side effects on a medication. Inform your doctor or pharmacist about any known allergic reactions.

While the cause of lip swelling may be an allergic reaction, it could, in extreme cases, lead to coma or turn fatal.

• Non-allergic causes

Many conditions like Macrocheilia (permanent swelling of the lips), Cheilitis Glandularis (swelling of the lower lip) and Melkersson-Rosenthal syndrome (edema and lip swelling) can also manifest itself as lip swelling first before developing into conditions that are more painful.

An injury or trauma to the lip can also erupt as an inflammatory condition causing lip swelling.

Sometimes a flu or cold sore can also be a cause of lip swelling.

Use of old or expired make-up, certain facial feature enhancement processes, allergic reaction to vaccines or even vitamin deficiencies can be a cause of lip swelling.

Once you have identified the cause, you can choose how to make the swelling go down on your lip.

Here are a few quick steps to provide relief:
• Doctors prescribe antihistamines as lip swelling treatment for allergies.
• If the lip swelling is due to extreme weather conditions or injury, you can apply ice packs or cold towels to reduce the blood accumulation in the area thus decreasing the swelling.
• Alternate home remedies include applying a thin smear of turmeric paste or aloe vera gel to the affected area. Turmeric with anti-septic properties and aloe vera with cooling properties can provide relief from burning, itching or blisters on the lips.
• It helps to identify and avoid any food items that could flare an allergy. You can also avoid seasonal allergies like dust or pollen allergy by taking precautionary steps and medication.
• Toss out old, worn cosmetics such as creams, lip-gloss, lip balms and so on and avoid sharing these with others.

 The cause of lip swelling could be wide-ranging and difficult to pinpoint without further examination and medical history. If you find that your condition is persistent or worsening, it is best to seek medical advice.

Submitted by A V on November 10, 2010 at 01:00


The causative factor is to be identified. Lip swelling might be a result of insect bite, abrasion and infection. Your voice, if unclear might be due to clogged ears or sore throat, which is again a result of infection. Take the guidance of a ENT specialist.
Submitted by R K on June 14, 2007 at 08:06


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