Last updated on November 6th, 2017
How do you get rid of, or reduce swollen lips from biting, kissing, trauma, pimples, bumps, cold sores, canker sores, injuries, sunburn, piercing, Restylane injection, braces, allergies, etc.? Are there good treatment and remedies that actually work quickly, fast, overnight, in an hour or effectively?
- What causes a swollen lip?
- How to get rid, cure or reduce lip swelling
- How to reduce or get rid of a swollen lip fast, overnight, in an hour
- Reducing swelling from insect bites and stings
- Treating swellings form oral herpes
- What about when swollen because of allergic reactions
- Treating a swollen lip from trauma and injuries
- When to see a doctor
Before we look at how to treatments, let us see the main causes of this problem. Lip swelling (lower, upper, lower half, upper half, on corners, on one spot or both lips) is usually caused by a number of things that include:
- Allergies to various things including lip care products, foods, pet dander, latex, medications (e.g. penicillin), pollen grains etc.
- Injuries and trauma such as biting it, insect bites, from braces, burning, being punched, kissing, piercing, brass playing, Restylane injections, surgeries, etc.
- Stomatitis, infections, and conditions such as cold sores, canker sores, angular cheilitis, cellulitis, etc.
- Hash weather conditions such as excessive sunlight (sunburn), dryness, windy or cold
- Pimples, bumps, ingrown hair, etc.
- Severe malnutrition
- Some disease and conditions such as lip cancer, obesity, diabetes, reaction to blood transfusion, organ failures, among others.
For in-depth coverage see swollen lip causes.
How to get rid, cure or reduce lip swelling
In this section, we are going to look at various approaches that will include treatments, home remedies and other ways to fix this problem. Of course, the treatment options or remedies you go for will at times depend on what caused the swelling. We will begin with general ways to reduce or fix swellings before going to a few specific caused related treatments, remedies, and fixes.
Cold compress and ice cubes
The first way to soothe and reduce swelling is to apply a cold compress using ice cubes or cold spoons placed in a freezer. You need to wrap your ice cubes in a clean washcloth or a paper towel and gently apply it on the affected area.
Do this for about 10-15 minutes followed by a break of 10-15 minutes before repeating again until the swelling begins to reduce. Avoid using ice cubes directly on your lips since they can cause lip tissue damage.
This simple home remedy for swelling in lips is very effective for most swellings including swelling from a punch, burning, trauma, kissing, cold sores (swelling from fever blisters), canker sores, insect bites, etc. since it will soothe the affected area and bring down the swelling.
Turmeric is known for its excellent healing and antiseptic properties. You can use turmeric power to get rid of a swollen lip. To use it, mix turmeric powder, cold water, and fuller’s earth to make a simple herbal ointment which you can apply on the swollen area. Let it stay there until it dries before you can carefully wash it off with warm water. Do this twice a day.
Aloe vera gel
If your lips are not only swollen but also red and inflamed, you need to use aloe vera gel since it has excellent anti-inflammatory properties. It will soothe the burning sensation. Aloe vera is ideal if you have insect bites (such as mosquito bites), sunburned ones with blisters, oral herpes, as well as those swollen due to allergic reaction.
Gently massage the affected area with aloe vera (either a gel or extract some juice from a fresh aloe vera plant) two to three times a day.
Tea tree oil and aloe vera
Instead of using tea tree oil only, you can also mix it with tea tree oil in ratios of 2:1 and apply the mixture on the affected area. Leave it there until it dries before washing with cold water. Repeat this treatment for a number of times in a day if the swelling does not reduce. Tea tree oil and aloe vera mixture will ensure any dermal inflammation including the one on your mouth is calmed down.
However, ensure you use dilute tea tree oil. You can dilute it with olive or coconut oil i.e. add a few drops of pure tea tree oil to about a teaspoon of aloe vera or coconut oil and apply it on the affected area.
Using baking soda is a great way to treat swollen lips from insect bites, allergic reactions, and fever blisters. To use it, take about 1 tablespoon of baking soda and add water until it forms a thick paste. Apply the paste on the affected place and let it stay there for up to 10 minutes. You can then wash it off with cold water.
Just like turmeric powder, honey has antibacterial and natural healing properties. It works magic especially for people who want to get rid of a swollen lip fast, overnight or in a day or two. Take about a teaspoon of honey and apply it on the affected area using a fresh cotton ball. Let is remain in place for 20 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Repeat this treatment 2-3 times a day.
Applying tea bags
Another way to how to fix a swollen lip is the use black tea bags that contain tannins which have astringent properties that will cause body tissue constriction and reduce the swelling. This is a good home remedy if you want almost immediate results i.e. a fast home remedy.
To use it, soak a black tea bag in warm water for about 10 minutes, let it cool before applying it to the affected area. Do this 3-4 times, severally in a day if you want quick results.
Salt and witch hazel
Mixing 2 parts of hazel extract to one part of salt is great in reducing any external body swelling including the one on lips, soothing any pain and cleaning any cut. Apply the mixture on the affected area for 15-20 minutes before washing it off with cold water. Repeat the process until you notice some change.
Coconut oil helps heal and reduce lip swelling fast, inflammation, excessive dryness, as well as curing any damaged skin. To use coconut oil, apply a layer on the affected part, three or four times daily and leave it there.
Warm salt compress
Salty water is a good when the swelling is from injury especially if you are punched, have a piercing, injections, bit your lips, you get hit by a blunt object or other physical injuries or traumas that left cuts behind. You will simply mix 1 tablespoon of salt in a cup of warm water and apply it on the affected area. It might cause a little sting but it will help in faster healing.
The warm compress will ensure there is not the accumulation of blood on the swollen area. This will consequently reduce swelling in the affected area.
Check your diet and use vitamin E capsule or lip balm
To help stop the swelling, ensure you get a balanced diet since lack of some vitamins can cause this problem, especially vitamins B and C. Eat foods with vitamin B such as bananas, oats, legumes, liver, turkey, legumes, etc. as they will ensure a quick recovery. Furthermore, before going to bed, apply a lip balm containing vitamins E or apply liquid vitamin E capsule.
Drinking a lot of water can also be helpful since it will ensure your lips do not get dehydrated i.e. they remain moisturized. Water can also be helpful in reducing swelling levels.
Other remedies and treatments
- Avoid licking them since this can worsen the swelling.
- Drink ginger tea and add ginger to your diet as it helps reduce chances of edema that and consequently infections.
- Ice them using bromelin or Benadryl solutions
- If you have swellings due to acne, see details on getting rid of lip pimples.
How to reduce or get rid of a swollen lip fast, overnight, in an hour
Walking around with an enlarged, fattened or swollen lips can be so embarrassing. You definitely want to get rid the swelling immediately. We have seen so many ways for quicker results. To get rid of the swelling quickly, you need to deal with the underlying cause as well as try various methods of reducing the swelling itself.
Most of the remedies such as the use of cold packs, antihistamine (if caused by allergies), use of honey, aloe vera can help reduce mild lip swelling in a few hours.
Reducing swelling from insect bites and stings
If you have swellings from insects bites and stings, you need to select a treatment that will soothe the inflammation and neutralize any poison in case of a sting e.g. bee or wasp sting. Some of the ideal treatments to reduce swelling will be aloe vera gel to reduce inflammation, use of OTC antihistamines such as diphenhydramine as well as OTC anti-inflammatory medications such as naproxen and ibuprofen.
Treating swellings form oral herpes
Swelling and blistering from oral herpes or cold sores will typically disappear after 7-14 days. However, you can use a cold compress to reduce the swelling as well as apply some Vaseline jelly to keep the area moisturized and reduce swelling too.
To get rid of swelling blistering, go for some of the over the counter medication or ask your doctor to prescribe antiviral oral medications as well as some topical creams and ointments to deal with this problem.
What about when swollen because of allergic reactions
If you have swollen, red and itchy lips for no reason, it could be caused by allergies. Avoid contact with allergens e.g. some foods that cause the allergy, pet dander, latex, lip care products some medications, pollen grains, etc.
Secondly, reduce the swelling from allergies, ensure you get an antihistamine such as Benadryl to reduce the allergic reaction as well as apply cold compresses. For excessive swelling, you might be required to take oral corticosteroids for fast action.
If you suffer from an extreme allergic reaction, that will have other severe symptoms other than the swelling, see a doctor since some allergic reactions such as anaphylaxis allergy is life threatening and it can cause death.
Treating a swollen lip from trauma and injuries
In case you have a swelling due to trauma or injuries such as biting your lips, Restylane injections, surgery, botox, kissing, dental braces, piercings, brass playing, being hit by a blunt object or a punched, you need to carefully assess the damage caused by injury and stop bleeding in case you have tissue damages or cuts.
Secondly, apply hot packs or cold compresses to soothe and reduce or bring down the swelling. In case of serious tissue damage and/or cuts (or busted lips), see your doctor for further treatment or stitching if it is necessary. Oral antibiotics might be recommended to avoid possibilities of any secondary infections caused by bacteria.
When to see a doctor
If all the above treatments do not yield results and the condition seems to worsen, you should consider seeing a doctor. Furthermore, in case of a severe case that affects eating, breathing or talking and it spreads beyond the affected area, see your doctor.
I guess you now know how to get rid of a swollen lip from kissing, sunburn, ingrown hair, pimples, biting, trauma, allergy, sores, insect bites and much more. The questions of what to do, how to help, what to take, what to put on swelling in lips should no longer be an issue. Thank you.