Lip Swelling: Symptoms

By McBratney, Susan PhD

What other symptoms might occur with lip swelling?

Lip swelling may occur with other symptoms depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition. For example, lip swelling due to infection may be associated with fever, redness, and warmth around the lips.

Symptoms that may occur along with lip swelling

  • Lip swelling may accompany other symptoms including:

  • Blisters

  • Chapped lips

  • Change in lip color

  • Fatigue

  • Fever and chills

  • Headache

  • Pain

  • Skin sores or pus-filled bumps

  • Watery, itchy eyes

  • Runny nose (congestion)

Serious symptoms that might indicate a life-threatening condition

In some cases, lip swelling can indicate a life-threatening condition, such as an anaphylactic reaction, that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these symptoms:

  • Bluish coloration of the lips or fingernails

  • Feeling like your throat is tight

  • Fever with red and tender areas

  • General edema (swelling)

  • Hives or rash

  • Intense distress

  • Itching in the throat or mouth

  • Lip swelling after trauma to the lips or face

  • Respiratory or breathing problems, such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, labored breathing, wheezing, not breathing, and choking

  • Sudden or severe swelling

  • Swollen tongue
INTRODUCTION

What is lip swelling?

Lip swelling is the enlargement or distention of one or both lips due to fluid buildup or inflammation within the lip tissue. Lip swelling may also be referred to as lip edema.

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CAUSES

What causes lip swelling?

Lip swelling can be caused by infection, allergies, or trauma of the lip tissues. Lip swelling can be due to relatively mild conditions, such as sunburn, or serious or life-threatening conditions, such as an anaphylactic reaction, which should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting.

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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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