Natural Remedies To Treat And Prevent Swollen Lips

Question: My lower lip is swollen from sunburn. What can I do to get relief from swollen lips?

Answer: In order to understand the causes associated with swelling of the lips, it is essential to understand the basic anatomical structure of the lip tissue. The upper lip (Labium superiors) is slightly larger than the lower lip (Labium inferioris). The lips don’t have any hair, sweat or sebaceous glands like the normal skin making them easily prone to drying and chapping.

Natural Remedies For Swollen Lips

Exposure to extreme heat and radiation from the sun is known to damage the lips making them swollen and dry.

Some important points that you should remember are:

  • Don’t try to peel the skin of your lips. Peeling the skin will actually expose the burn to infection and further delay in healing.
  • If you have a blister on or around the lip make sure you touch it with clean hands. Try to drain it only if required and use a sterile needle, hot water or alcohol to do it
  • After draining the blister make sure you apply ointment or disinfectant like Dettol.
  • Try to keep your lips lubricated as it will help in quicker healing and also reduce your pain.
    Use Chap Stick, Vaseline, etc.
  • Don’t keep licking your lips; the saliva causes the lips to dry.
  • Take vitamin supplements (which are even otherwise helpful for cracked lips).

Use sun block with SPF 30 on your lips the next time you go out in the bright sun. You don’t need to try anything else on your lips; even if you just keep them adequately lubricated you will recover within 3 to 4 days.