Lip Pain or Itch

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Dermatology

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Content updated on Sep 6, 2022

About the symptom

Lip pain describes the pain or burning sensation of the lip when it becomes inflamed, irritated or cracked.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Edema

  • Fever

  • Facial edema

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

Possible causes

  • Cheilitis

    Inflammation of the lips. Causes include infection (bacterial, viral or fungal) and irritants e.g. constant contact with saliva, excessive dryness.

  • Angular cheilitis

    Inflammation of the corners of the lips. Causes include infection (bacterial, viral or fungal) and irritants e.g. constant contact with saliva, excessive dryness. It is more common in people with nutritional deficiencies and immune system disorders.

  • Candidiasis (oral, hands and feet)

    Normal human skin contains bacteria and fungi. Candidiasis happens when the fungus overgrows and invades the skin. Risk factors include warm moist environments, and a weakened immune system.

  • Cushing syndrome
  • Trigeminal neuralgia
  • Lip licker's dermatitis
  • Herpes simplex

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Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

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  • Do you have itchy or painful lips?

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