What are the signs of lip problems?

Lip symptoms include lip dryness, cracking, pain, numbness, sores and swelling. If lip pain is present, it may be described as sharp, dull, stabbing, burning or throbbing.

There are many causes of lip symptoms; they range from mild to serious. The duration and course of lip symptoms vary widely, depending on the cause. Symptoms caused by allergic reaction or injury often have a sudden onset, while symptoms due to an underlying disease may develop over time and recur.

You may experience lip symptoms as a result of injury, such as biting your lips or burning them with hot food. In other cases, your lip symptoms may be related to a chronic medical condition, such as anemia or infection with herpes simplex virus. Even a common infection can cause lip symptoms. Diseases or conditions that affect the nerves and muscles, including nerve damage or neuropathy, can be associated with symptoms that involve the lips. Lip symptoms may also be the result of cold and dry weather, infection, nutritional deficiencies, or medication side effects.

A rare but potentially life-threatening cause of lip symptoms is cancer. Most lip symptoms, however, are not a sign of a serious condition.

Lip symptoms may uncommonly occur as the result of a serious or life-threatening condition. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you experience confusion, lethargy, loss of consciousness, difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or swelling of the mouth, lips or throat.

Seek prompt medical care if your lip symptoms are persistent or cause you concern.


What other symptoms might occur with lip symptoms?

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

Mouth symptoms that may occur along with lip symptoms

Lip symptoms may accompany other symptoms affecting the mouth including:

  • Bleeding or Read more about lip symptomssymptoms


What causes lip symptoms?

There are many causes of lip symptoms, which range from mild to serious. The type and severity of the lip symptoms will depend largely on the underlying cause. Lip symptoms may result from exposure to a harsh environment, neuropathy, injury, and a number of conditions, diseases and disorders.

Environmental causes of lip symptoms

Lip symptoms may be caused by environment... Read more about lip symptomscauses

Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Annual Review Date: Sep 7, 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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