Any kind of red spots and bumps on the face is usually alarming. We get agitated when we get acnes or pimples, let alone bumps on the lips. It is not only uncomfortable in appearance, but also leads to distress. It could be painful or painless depending on the location of appearance.
It could be caused because of hot food, internal infections, bites, or even any serious medical condition which if left undiagnosed can lead to other possible health hazards. It is curable, nevertheless, and can be treated well and permanently when treated carefully.
Lips are a tender organ in general. Not only does any imperfection on the lips catch the eye first, but it gets pointed out too. Bumps or issues on the lips if left unattended can leads to burns, bumps, blisters and the likes which can be painful and also cause it to bleed. If lips are not healthy, it could contaminate the food you are eating which can cause other issues to your internal organs as well.
But what causes these bumps on the lips?
There are multiple causes which could be causing red bumps or marks on the lips. Let’s have a look at the causes!
- Acne: hormonal imbalance is one of the leading reasons of acne. Nonetheless, poor oral hygiene can also be a leading cause of acne. Bumps appearing on the lips can be just a pre-acne phase which can be filled with pus as well. It is painful, however, it could be cured with better diagnosis.
- Cold Sores: Oral herpes or cold sores are a leading cause of red spots on the lips. It is caused by viral infection which can be because of exposure to the parasite. It is a common occurrence and can be painful as well. It has a tendency to occur anywhere such as along the lip line, inside the mouth, on the roof of the oral cavity, so on and so forth. Initial symptoms can be a tingling sensation which tends to become a blister filled with pus. It lasts for weeks if left ignored. However, if you have been suffering from an auto-immune disease, it could lead to difficulties in treatment.
- Bacterial Infection: Parasites are the leading causes of infections. These infections are the leading reasons of causing red sores and spots on the lips. This could be because of the fact that you have been sharing your cosmetics with an infected person, or using the same lipstick for a matter of fact. This can cause the lips to get infected resulting in an outbreak.
- Sunburns: Ultraviolet rays are as such harmful. Lips need protection and we tend to avoid taking care of it as well. This ignorance and avoidance can lead to red bumps on the lips which are harmful and painful in the process.
- Fordyce’s Spot: these are cluster of spots that form in and around the lips. It is not contagious, but can take a toll on the appearance end. Follicles tend to get inflamed and these turn up on the sides of the mouth which are usually called bumps.
- Allergies or cancer scare: sharing of cosmetics such as lip balms, lipsticks, liners and the likes can lead to allergies. The same extends to sharing of drinking straws and cigarettes too. There might be ingredients in the cosmetics that you might be allergic to that you are not aware of. Common causes also include kissing which transfers allergens from one person to another. It could be a symptom of oral cancer as well, where the bumps refuse to disappear at all. It also is a possibility that the scare may spread to your mouth, jaws and tongue too.
When do you seek medical help? How do you treat them?
Sores and bumps can be eliminated given that you seek treatment at the right time. It requires attention and can be a time consuming process in general. If you have the following symptoms, you should consider seeking medical attention immediately.
- Swollen or bleeding lips
- Difficulty in breathing or any respiratory issues.
- Rash that has been spreading quickly.
Bumps on the lips can be detected physically. You could look for signs such as bleeding bumps, swollen jaw, white patches, non-healing bumps, tongue being numb for a longer time, painful presence on the lips so on and so forth.
Treating the bumps is an exhaustive process. Smaller bumps can be avoided as they are not too serious in nature. A few home remedies up the sleeves are also helpful.
- If it is painful, doctors would recommend a painkiller such that it stops hurting. Preventing bumps on the lips requires lifestyle changes and habits to be modified such that it does not reoccur.
- Do not share your cosmetics such as lip balms, lipsticks, straws or drinks with anyone. This would prevent allergens to be transferred from one person to another.
- Maintaining good oral habits is one of the major transformations that you need to go through. Brushing two times a day, flossing regularly, keeping the mouth and lip area clean, are a few changes that can be made such that you do not get those lip bumps.
- Replace your toothbrush after you notice any oral issues at all. You can get a toothbrush which is softer and is easier on the lips as well such that you do not make the rashes worse.
- Do not continuously touch the bumps over and over again. This will only be instrumental in spreading the infection.
- Use your natural products which keep the bumps at bay. SPF based products will be useful in preventing the UV issues which play a major role in causing the bumps to appear on the lips.
- Keeping yourself hydrated is also a priority. Chapped lips and bumps can lead to bleeding also because of dehydration. Keeping the water intake proper is essential such that such issues can be avoided easily without any hassles.