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Your Burning Lip Pain May Also be Known as:
Burning inner lips
Burning lips
Inner lips are burning
Lip burning
Lips are burning

Top 10 Burning Lip Pain Causes

  1. 1.Irritant Contact Dermatitis

    Contact dermatitis is a condition in which the skin becomes red, sore, or inflamed after direct contact with a substance. This condition most often affects skin of the hands, and may occur after repeated and prolonged exposure to substances such as water, detergents (soaps, bleach), solvents (such as gasoline), acids, powders, dust, and soil. The onset of the skin reaction is usually within 48 hours of coming in contact with the substance.

    You can safely treat this condition on your own. The main treatment for this disease is to avoid the substance that triggers the skin inflammation. Moisturizer can also be helpful to provide relief for your inflamed skin.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash with well-defined border, itchy rash, red or pink, rough patch of skin, painful rash, red rash
    Symptoms that always occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    rash with well-defined border
    Symptoms that never occur with irritant contact dermatitis:
    fever, black-colored skin changes, brown-colored skin changes, blue-colored skin changes
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  2. 2.Perleche (Angular Cheilitis)

    Perleche (angular cheilitis) is inflammation of the corners of the mouth. It's typically caused by collection of moisture at the corners of the mouth, which allows for fungus, bacteria, or other organisms to infect the skin. This typically happens in children who mouth-breathe or thumb-suck, adults with poorly fitting dentures, or people with vitamin deficiencies, anorexia, or bulimia.

    You should go to the nearest retail clinic or use a telemedicine visit. There, the nurse or doctor can figure out if its an infection of the corners of the mouth. If so, they would prescribe an anti-fungal and/or antibiotic cream. Medications include miconazole (2%) or nystatin, anti-fungals, and mupirocin topical (2%).

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    pain in the corners of the mouth, corner of the mouth redness, spontaneous skin changes, mouth skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with perleche (angular cheilitis):
    pain in the corners of the mouth, corner of the mouth redness
    Urgency:
    Phone call or in-person visit
  3. 3.Benign Skin Growth on the Face

    Seborrheic keratosis is a condition that causes wart-like growths on the skin. The growths are benign (not-cancerous) and look like stuck-on plaques.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign. However, if the lesion changes at all you should visit your physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    facial bump, small facial lump, marble sized facial lump, black or brown facial bump, thickened skin with a well-defined border
    Symptoms that always occur with benign skin growth on the face:
    facial bump
    Symptoms that never occur with benign skin growth on the face:
    cherry red facial bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  4. 4.Penile Irritation

    Irritation of the penis is common, and can come from a number of benign causes. Common causes include cleaning with a new kind of soap, cleaning too much, or chaffing.

    You should only clean your penis very lightly with a damp cloth. Do not use soap or scrub very hard. You should not wear tight underwear or pants until symptoms resolve. Petroleum jelly can help with irritation, but avoid lotions or cremes, as the perfumes and other chemicals in them can worsen irritation.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    penis itch, penile redness
    Symptoms that never occur with penile irritation:
    fever, painful urination, testicle pain
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  5. 5.Foreign Body in External Ear

    An ear foreign body is anything that gets stuck in the ear canal other than earwax. This may include food, toy pieces, beads, buttons, disk batteries, cotton swab, paper, or insects. Foreign bodies are usually trapped in the outer ear canal.

    You should visit your primary care physician within the next 24 hours to have the foreign object removed. This is not a medical emergency requiring a visit to the ER, but the procedure should be performed by a medical professional to avoid damage to the eardrum. It is important to remove the object in a timely manner, however, to prevent discomfort and the possibility of an infection.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    ear discharge, ear fullness/pressure, bleeding from the ear, pus leaking from the ear, pain in one ear canal
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  6. 6.Cold Sore

    Cold sores (also called oral herpes or fever blisters), are viral infections of the mouth caused by the herpes virus type 1. You were probably infected very early in life as a child when an adult kissed you. The virus stays asleep (dormant) and causes infections every now and then after exposure to lots of sun or emotional/physical stress. It is contagious when an outbreak is happening, but treatment is limited unless you are immunocompromised.

    You can safely stay home or try some minor treatments. As a viral infection, it will go away on its own without antibiotics. Balm mint cream (1%) or topical rhubarb-sage cream may improve symptoms, but it's not standard treatment.

    Rarity:
    Uncommon
    Top Symptoms:
    mouth lesions, pain on the outside of the lips, itchy mouth, burning pain on the outside of the lips, lip numbness
    Symptoms that always occur with cold sore:
    mouth lesions
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  7. 7.Non - Specific Skin Rash

    A rash is an area of irritated or swollen skin. Often, rashes are unidentifiable and some variation of normal. For example, scratching one's arm causes it to turn red (which is caused by mast cells releasing chemicals into the local area), but that's completely normal.

    At this time, you do not need treatment for this rash. If it worsens, you may need to consult a physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific skin rash:
    rash
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  8. 8.Benign Skin Growth

    Seborrheic keratosis is a condition that causes wart-like growths on the skin. The growths are benign (not-cancerous) and look like stuck-on plaques.

    You do not need treatment for this condition because it is completely benign. However, if the lesion changes at all you should visit your physician.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    constant skin changes, itchy rash, rash with well-defined border, abdominal skin changes, neck skin changes
    Symptoms that always occur with benign skin growth:
    constant skin changes
    Symptoms that never occur with benign skin growth:
    cherry red lower leg bump
    Urgency:
    Wait and watch
  9. 9.Non - Specific Dermatitis (Skin Inflammation)

    Dermatitis is the inflammation ("-itis") of the skin ("derma" is a layer of the skin). It can be caused by any number of causes, from allergies to infections to autoimmune issues. Dermatitis of Normal Variation (also called, "NOS") means that all of those other causes of your rash have been ruled out. This is very common.

    You can treat this at home and the rash should go away on its own. In the meantime, you can use an anti-histamine (both by mouth OR as an ointment), or a topical corticosteroid to treat the itch and/or pain due to the rash.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    red rash, itchy rash, painful rash
    Symptoms that always occur with non-specific dermatitis (skin inflammation):
    red rash
    Urgency:
    Self-treatment
  10. 10.Hypothyroidism

    Hypothyroidism occurs when the thyroid, a butterfly-shaped organ inside the neck, no longer produces adequate levels of hormones. Thyroid hormones are essential for many bodily functions including breathing, heart rate, and metabolism.

    You should visit your primary care physician. Hypothyroidism is a complex condition that is usually treated with hormone replacement therapy.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, weight gain, muscle aches
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Burning Lip Pain

  • Q.Is your mouth pain constant or come-and-go?
  • Q.How long has your mouth pain been going on?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS?
  • Q.Do you have a rash?

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Burning Lip Pain Symptom Checker Statistics

  • People who have experienced burning lip pain have also experienced:

    • 18% Burning Pain on the Outside of the Lips
    • 6% Burning Tongue Pain
    • 6% Sunken Skin
  • People who have experienced burning lip pain had symptoms persist for:

    • 42% Less Than a Week
    • 24% Less Than a Day
    • 16% Over a Month
  • People who have experienced burning lip pain were most often matched with:

    • 13% Irritant Contact Dermatitis
    • 6% Perleche (Angular Cheilitis)
    • 6% Benign Skin Growth on the Face

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