What is lip burning sensation?

A lip burning sensation may result from abnormal sensations in the lips due to nerve damage or dysfunction. Lip burning sensation may also result from different types of lip burns or even chapped lips. Certain types of neuropathy (nerve problems) may result in lip burning sensation, as the cranial nerves from the brain supply the lips. Symptoms may occur in the lips alone or any other area of the body that is supplied by a peripheral nerve. Lip burning sensation may be the only symptom experienced, it may start as a tingling (paresthesia) and change to numbness, or there may be a combination of symptoms.

Burns from heat, cold, chemicals and sun may also cause a lip burning sensation.

The duration and course of lip burning sensation vary widely, depending on the cause. Symptoms caused by injury often have a sudden onset. Lip burning sensation resulting from neuropathy may develop slowly and persist or worsen over time.

Sudden lip burning sensation accompanied by numbness or weakness of the arms or legs, especially when it occurs on only one side of the body, can be a sign of stroke. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you experience lip burning sensation along with serious symptoms, such as weakness or paralysis, vision changes, speech difficulties, confusion or loss of consciousness for even a brief moment, or severe headache. If your lip burning sensation is persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.


What other symptoms might occur with lip burning sensation?

Lip burning sensation may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. Symptoms that frequently affect the lips also involve other body systems.

Lip symptoms that may occur along with lip burning sensation

Lip burning sensation may accompany other symptoms affecting the lips including:


What causes lip burning sensation?

Lip burning sensation can be the result of sensory nerve or skin damage in the lips and surrounding tissues. Burns are a common cause of lip burning sensation. Chemicals, food, and sun exposure may cause such burns.

Disorders of the nerves, such as neuropathy, trauma and stroke may also cause lip burning sensation. Read more about lip burning sensationcauses

Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 5, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

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