Home Remedies For Lip Infection: Symptoms Of Fungal Infection On Lips

Lips are the visible part of the mouth in humans. Lips have many functions such as holding the food in the mouth, articulating sound and speech. Besides, being highly sensitive, lips can become erogenous during the act of intimate kissing.

Compared to the skin of face, the skin of lips is fairly thin.

It is made up of 3 to 5 cellular layers. Due to absence of sweat glands, the lip skin is vulnerable to easily dry out and get infected.

Infection On Lip

Infection on lip can be due to many causes. It can be a bacterial infection, a fungal infection or a viral infection.

Under normal circumstances, lips are not easily susceptible to infection even though there are many organisms found in oral cavity. This is partly due to the constant washing of the lips by saliva. The organisms are swallowed and destroyed in the stomach. Saliva has a mild anti bacterial activity.

Infective pathogens take advantage when the defense mechanism of the body becomes weak.

Recurrent trauma to the lips when wearing braces, or infection due to a lip bite is common. Bacteria gets a chance to invade the lip skin when it is bruised and open.

Symptoms Of Fungal Infection On Lips

Fungal lip infection is caused by Candida Albicans.

Symptoms of fungal lip infection are:

  • Small thin white, creamy white plaques on corner of lips and in the mouth.
  • It looks like curd of milk.
  • On wiping the white patch, bleeding erosion is revealed.
  • Pain and mild swelling of lips.

Following are the symptoms of bacterial lip infection:

  • Swelling of the infected lip.
  • Pain and redness.
  • Lip is hot to touch.
  • Boil or a blister on the lip.
  • Presence of pus.
  • Slight Bleeding.

Symptoms of viral lip infection, caused due to herpes virus, are:

  • Group of small fluid filled vesicles on the lips and in the corner of the lips.
  • Sores appearing on the lips are painful.
  • Swollen neck glands.
  • Fever.

Home Remedies For Lip Infection

Here are a few natural home remedies for bacterial lip infection:

  • Drink water frequently. It will stimulate saliva secretion. Saliva has mild antibacterial properties which will help regulate the bacterial activity.
  • Eat food rich in Vitamin C and B-complex. It will boost the immune system to fight the offending bacteria.
  • Try to avoid biting your lips. Take good care of your teeth and treat sharp teeth that may be the cause of lip bites.
  • Apply turmeric paste on the affected area. Turmeric has anti bacterial properties. It will effectively act on the bacteria organisms.
  • Drink a glass of milk in the morning and night, mixed with half teaspoon of turmeric powder.
  • Avoid eating spicy food, chewing or smoking tobacco, drinking alcohol, sugary and processed food.

Fungal Lip Infection Remedies

  • Avoid eating sugar as it facilitates growth of candida fungal infection.
  • If you are diabetic, take appropriate treatment and bring it under control.
  • Goldenseal is an antifungal home remedy for lip infection as it contains Berberine, an anti fungal agent. You can apply it locally or consume orally.
  • Berberine is also found in blood root. It is equally effective in treating fungal lip infection.
  • Tea tree oil is as important as any other anti fungal home remedy. Apply it on the affected lip. It will alleviate the condition in few days.

15 thoughts on “Home Remedies For Lip Infection: Symptoms Of Fungal Infection On Lips

  • June 24, 2013 at 3:16 pm

    I have dark lips. Of late I have developed pink patches on my lips. I drink alcohol. Could this be the reason for my patchy lips?

    • June 26, 2013 at 3:44 pm

      Alcohol has dehydrating effect, especially when you consume it in large quantity. It also reduces the body immunity and thus opportunistic fungi infection may develop on lips and at the corner of mouth. Other reason may be due to climate condition. Dry climate makes the lip dry and parched. Avoid taking alcohol and find the difference.

  • July 17, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Recently I have developed black growths on my lips. It is very embarrassing for me to go out. My doctor gave me mouthwash but it has not helped cure the condition. It looks funny though it does not pain. I feel ashamed because such things are associated with HIV and AIDS patients. I have not tested myself for HIV. How can I be cured of this problem?

  • September 27, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    For the last few months, my lips are constantly peeling. They have a burning sensation. The lips are flaky. I have gone to a dermatologist. Allergy tests were done but it came normal. I take medications for blood pressure. I think it could be side effects of the medicine. I read on the internet that it could be due to imbalance in the body. I have used all kinds of creams and ointments to cure this. I also take multivitamins and probiotics. How can I heal my lips with home remedies?

    • September 30, 2013 at 1:35 pm

      You should talk with your doctor regarding the medicines you are taking.
      • Simple ways can help such as avoid biting your lips.
      • Drink plenty of water as some blood pressure medicines are known to cause increased urination.
      • Increased urination together with decreased intake of water may lead to mild dehydration and one of the reasons for dry lip is dehydration.
      • Avoid excess of coffee, tea and spicy food.
      • Apply coconut oil on lip as it has lubricating effect on dry lip.
      • You can hydrate your lips with cool salt water compresses. To retain the moisture apply a lip balm or an emollient ointment.
      • When you go out in sun, apply lip balm.

  • October 2, 2013 at 9:47 pm

    I have a cut in the central portion of the lower lip. This cut was caused by my teeth pressing into my lip. It pains a lot. There is bleeding and pus oozing out. How can I treat this?

    • October 4, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      As pus is oozing out, there is high probability of infection. Is there noticeable swelling along with pain and discharge? There is a need for intensive medical therapy. You may need antibiotic therapy for few days to resolve the disorder. Consult your physician for prescription of suitable antibiotic. Home remedies may also compliment the main line treatment. Eat foods that contain vitamin C such as oranges, pomegranate, guava etc. It helps to boost the immune system and strengthen your body to fight infection. Mix a pinch of turmeric powder in warm milk and drink it daily in the morning. Turmeric has natural antibacterial properties.

  • March 29, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    I am 27 years old. My lower lip started turning red and this redness started increasing with time. I have not visited any doctor for medications. It is causing a lot of trauma to me. What could the problem be and what is the remedy?

    • April 4, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      From the description it appears to be an allergic manifestation. Apply ice over the area to reduce swelling. It will also soothe itching and burning sensation. Take few cubes on ice in a cloth and apply it on your lower lip area. If you find a bump or a boil in nearby area, you may have to consult your doctor. Moreover if the swelling increases or develops on other lip, talk to your doctor immediately.

  • April 14, 2014 at 7:49 pm

    My lips have started turning black and dry. Due to dryness, there is burning sensation. I bought herpes cream but the problem still persists. What could be the cause of dry black lips?

    • April 15, 2014 at 1:48 pm

      Several reasons may be responsible for darkening of lips. In majority of cases it is due to lifestyle changes. Excessive exposure to sunlight, too much of coffee and tea, cigarette smoking, and wine can cause the lips to become dark and dry. Hormonal changes can also contribute for deep pigmentation of lip.
      • Apply moisturizer to prevent dryness. Coconut oil is the best natural moisturizer.
      • You can also apply milk. Milk has beneficial qualities in improving the texture and color of lip.
      • Stop smoking and drinking too hot coffee and tea. Eat fresh fruits and vegetables to increase your vitamin intake.
      • Apply clarified butter on your lips daily for few weeks.

  • April 18, 2014 at 3:37 pm

    I had severe cold. Due to constant blowing of nose, my top lip has developed hard skin. It itches and has started peeling. It is swollen too. I had yeast infections in the past. I am worried that this condition developed because of my cold and weakened immune system. My doctor says that it is just chapped lips but I think this is something serious. What could this be? What are the natural remedies to treat this?

  • October 3, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    I have habit of picking my lips and I think it has caused an infection. It hurts and is reddish purple and slightly puffy. What should I should I do?

    • November 29, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Lip picking is a very common problem faced by many people. It is more of a psychological problem. Tension, stress and anxiety often tend to increase lip picking which becomes an obsession later on. Simple home remedies will help to resolve the problem.
      • Apply coconut oil. It contains elements which help in fighting bacteria, simultaneously reducing inflammation.
      • Apply cold milk as it has power to reduce inflammation and infection.
      Apply turmeric paste on affected part of lip. Turmeric control infection due to its antibacterial properties.


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