A lip rash can be an uncomfortable condition associated with redness around the mouth or small blisters on the lip. Common causes for rash around the mouth include irritation like constantly licking your lips, an allergic reaction, and side effect of medication, or an infection or STD. Read below for more related symptoms and treatment options.
Lips and mouth rash symptoms
It's understandable to be frustrated about a lip rash since it's likely visible and difficult to cover up. Your rash may also be painful and affect the surrounding skin or inside of your mouth, and interfere with activities like eating and drinking. Most of the time, the cause of the lip rash is treatable. However, some causes are likely to recur in the future.
Common characteristics of a lip rash
2. Skin peeing off
5. Skin cracks in and around the lips
Causes of lips rashes
1. Viral infections
Hand-foot-and-mouth disease and herpes simplex are examples of viral infections that can affect the lips. Both of these cause small blisters that may be painful. In the case of the herpes virus, the infection is chronic and may lead to recurrent outbreaks of blisters.
2. Bacterial and fungal infections
An infection of the corners of the lips, (cheilosis or angular stomatitis) which can be bacterial or fungal, can cause painful cracks in the skin along with crusting and scaling. One type of bacterial infection that is most common in children classically causes crusty yellow patches on or around the lips.
3. Sexually transmitted infections
Syphilis can cause an ulcer on the lip. Depending on the stage of infection, the lip rash may or may not be painful, and a rash on other parts of the body can be present.
Lips and mouth rash treatment and relief
Most causes of lip rash do not require urgent evaluation. However, the presence of other symptoms may indicate that the lip rash is due to a severe medical condition such as a drug reaction.
At home treatment
Some at-home treatments that may help relieve lip rash include the following.
1. Protect your lips
To prevent a rash associated with dryness, avoid licking your lips and cover the lips when outdoors in cold weather.
2. Limit irritants
Avoid applying lipstick and other products to the lips.
If the rash is painful, acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) can help.
When to see a doctor
In some cases, even if emergency treatment isn't necessary, you may need medical evaluation and treatment. Make an appointment with your medical provider if:
1. You have a lip rash that persists or grows over time.
2. The lip rash is causing significant pain or itching.
3. The rash keeps going away but then recurring.
4. You have had sexual contact with someone who may have syphilis.
5.You also have a rash on other parts of the face.
6. You or a child with a lip rash have had contact with someone known to have impetigo.
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