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How to Reduce Lip Swelling

Rujuta Borkar
Lip swelling can be painful, not to mention awkward for when it raises all those questions from people. In such a situation, understanding how to reduce lip swelling is very helpful. In this story, we will concentrate on that very factor.
Full lips with a pout is a coveted property, surely. But it's one thing to have full lips and completely another to have a lip swelling. Lip swelling may come about due to varied reasons and it needs to be tackled at the earliest and in the best possible manner.
Why? First, you don't want to leave a weird mark there, and two, do you really want all those people asking you awkward questions about how your lips got to be that way? I thought so. In this story then, let's get you the details of how to reduce lip swelling fast and get back your original lips.

Causes of Swelling on Lips

Lip swelling can come about due to several reasons. It is important to know the different reasons that lead to the swelling, 'cause depending on the causes, the treatment methods will be determined.
The following are some of the most common reasons.
  • Lip piercing
  • A blow to the lip which leads to an injury
  • Allergies (pollen, fur, dander)
  • Tooth extraction
  • Insect bite
  • Side effect of certain medication
  • Medical conditions like eczema, hives, and others.
  • Nutritional deficiencies like Vitamin B
  • Lip infections (Herpes)
These are some of the causes of why lips can swell. The treatment steps for most of these causes are seen to follow a particular pattern. However, some of these reasons will require specialized treatment. Let us understand these in the following paragraphs.

Ways to Reduce Swelling on Lips

Let's review some of the ways in which you can treat a swollen lip and either completely eliminate the swelling or reduce it.

Ice Pack + Heat Pack

If the swelling has come about from a cut or something similar, clean the lip well and then use a cold press on it. A few ice cubes wrapped in a cloth and applied to the lip will help to close the blood veins and prevent further swelling and bruising. One can also use a cold spoon or a tea bag that has been frozen.
Some find that eating a Popsicle helps and is convenient as well. This should be the first thing done after the hurt. After which, use a heat pack by dipping a cloth in hot water and using it over the lips or taking a hot shower.

Painkiller and Cream

The next thing is to take a painkiller for the pain to go away or an anti allergy tablet to deal with the pain, itching, and tingling that comes with the swelling. Apply an antibiotic cream so that an infection does not start out.


Make sure that you get plenty of rest. Nothing will help better and act as a more effective method of reducing the lip swelling and a great remedy for a fat lip.

Food Factors

There is a need to get the food needs in place as well. Avoid caffeine, spicy, and salty foods. Try having soft foods so that the lip is not hurt again. Drink plenty of water to keep the lip moisturized, as it will tend to dry up. This is an important factor to look into especially if it is a nutritional deficiency that has led to the swelling.

Visit a Doctor

If all else fails, a visit to the doctor becomes imperative. A thorough check up will ensure that if the lip swelling has come about due to a side effect of medication forms, the right steps can be taken for reducing the same.
Now that you have the right means of going about the treatment, the lip swelling will go down and you won't have to face any awkward questions and deal with the pain thereafter.
Disclaimer - This story is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.