Bacterial Lip Infection: Symptoms, Causes And Home Remedies

Bacterial Lip Infection Causes

There are many causes of lip infection, and one of the most common is bacteria. Since the mouth has millions of resident microorganisms it is a common site for infection if the body defenses lower down. It disturbs one’s body image and renders the bearer discomfort especially when eating, drinking, as well as talking.

Symptoms of Bacterial Lip Infection

Here are the manifestations that come along with bacterial lip infection:

  • Pain on the affected area
  • Localized swelling
  • Redness
  • A sensation of heat on the affected part
  • Small amount of bleeding from the infected site
  • Fever may be present
  • Pus formation or draining for severe infections
  • Bad breath
  • There may be a vesicle (fluid filled sac) formation on the lip

Prevention of Bacterial Lip Infection

As the saying goes, an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure.

Here are ways on how to avoid its occurrence:

  • Proper oral hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth at most every after eating. You can also gargle with antibacterial mouth wash.
  • Drink water frequently. Hydrating your mouth will prevent build up of microorganisms and will stimulate saliva formation. Saliva has an antibacterial effect that regulates bacterial activity.
  • Eat nutritious foods especially those high in vitamin C, A, B complex, proteins, and minerals. They help boost the immune system.
  • You should try your best not to bite your lip. Wounds can eventually lead to infection.
  • Avoid eating hot and spicy foods.

Home Remedies for Bacterial Lip Infection

Here are measures you can try for the treatment of bacterial lip infection:

  • Apply topical antibiotic from over the counter or as ordered by your doctor. Antibiotic is the only medication for treatment of bacterial infections.
  • Follow the prevention measures.
  • Consult your doctor if symptoms aggravate.


  1. PUP said:

    If there is pus like discharge around your lip ring, there are chances of bacterial infection. You can apply topical antibiotic or can take antibiotic tabs, but after consulting your doctor and not on your own.
    You can use an antimicrobial mouth wash, after every meal. It will help to keep your mouth free from bacteria.

    December 26, 2010
  2. JIM said:

    After my lower lip cancer treatment I immediately developed this lower lip bacterial infection. I am now on my 4th day of mupirocin 2 0/0 .My bleeding for the past 9 wks has been ugly. It’s only slightly less but my dermatologist says by day 10, I should see better results, but I cannot wait.

    November 23, 2014
    • PUP said:

      Often after cancer treatment the immunity becomes low and the risk of infection increases. Aim at increasing your immunity naturally. Eat fruits and vegetable as they are high in anti oxidants and vitamins. If you are unable to eat them, at least make an effort to drink the freshly prepared juice. Orange and lime juice are ideal. You can also drink carrot and berry juice as both contain rich anti oxidants. Continue taking medications recommended by your doctor.

      November 29, 2014

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