The swelling of the lips is a condition characterized by increased volume of this particular part of the body. May be due to an excessive accumulation of fluid (edema) or inflammation and can originate from different causes.

There are various medical conditions that may be associated with swelling of the lips, ranging from allergy (food, by contact, drug), the presence of herpes simplex, to heart failure or kidney failure (in this case the swelling of the lips is a result of a generalized edema), but also insect bites, sunburn and trauma can cause swelling of the lips.

The swelling of the lips may be accompanied by a feeling of reduction of sensitivity and / or itching, and the swollen part can be painful and warm.

In case of allergic reaction, the swelling of the lips can be a symptom of anaphylaxis (very intense allergic reaction and dangerous due to hypersensitivity to a substance), in this case even nausea, vomiting, itching, rapid heart rate and difficulty breathing can occur.


What kind of diseases can be associated with swollen lips?

The following diseases may be associated with swollen lips:

  • Acromegaly
  • Food allergy
  • Contact allergy
  • Allergy medications
  • Herpes simplex
  • Heart failure
  • Kidney failure
  • Insect bites
  • Sunburns
  • Trauma

Remember that this is not an exhaustive list and it is highly recommended to consult your doctor, in case of symptom’s persistence



What is the therapy for swollen lips?

Since the origin of the swollen lips can be very different diseases, each of which is characterized by different treatment approaches, to prepare an adequate treatment, it is necessary to identify the medical condition that is the basis of manifestation of this disorder. It is therefore very important to consult your doctor.


When is most likely to contact your doctor in case of swollen lips?

In case of severe trauma and in already diagnosed diseases (see list of associated diseases).