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. Diabetes is a common cause of disorders related to sensory neuropathy and, therefore, could be a contributing factor to lip burning sensation.

Causes of lip burning sensation

Lip burning sensation may be caused by numerous conditions including:

  • Chapped lips
  • Chemical burn
  • Cold
  • Lip injury
  • Mouth trauma or injury
  • Neuropathy
  • Sun burn
  • Thermal burn

Serious or life-threatening causes of lip burning sensation

In some cases, lip burning sensation may be a symptom of a serious or life-threatening condition that should be evaluated immediately in an emergency setting. These include:

  • Cranial nerve trauma or injury
  • Stroke
  • Transient ischemic attack

Questions for diagnosing the cause of lip burning sensation

To diagnose your condition, your doctor or licensed health care practitioner will ask you several questions related to your lip burning sensation including:

  • How long have you had the lip burning sensation?
  • What other symptoms are you experiencing?
  • When do your symptoms occur?
  • Are your symptoms worsened or relieved by anything?

What are the potential complications of lip burning sensation?

Because lip burning sensation can be due to serious diseases, failure to seek treatment can result in serious complications and permanent damage. Once the underlying cause is diagnosed, it is important for you to follow the treatment plan that you and your health care professional design specifically for you to reduce the risk of potential complications including:

  • Infection
  • Loss of limb
  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)
  • Reduced sensation


  1. Chapped lips. Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/002036.htm.
  2. Peripheral neuropathy. Medline Plus, a service of the National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000593.htm.

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 t... Read more about lip burning sensationintroduction


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:

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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