7 Ways Your Lips Are Trying to Warn You

7 Ways Your Lips Are Trying to Warn You

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No matter how beautifully painted they look,  your lips could be tipping you off to some health concerns when in their naked state, Here are the symptoms you may need to pay attention to.

Dry and chapped

You’re probably dehydrated, so instead of swiping on another layer of lip balm, pour yourself a tall glass of water instead and tackle problem from the inside out. Also avoid the  urge to lick your lips often because saliva may dry out, making your lips dryer and likely to crack. Try exfoliating and moisturizing your lips.

Cracked at the edges

If you drool in your sleep or wear an orthodontic retainer, bacteria can accumulate around your mouth and cause an infection. It’s an easily fixable problem. Simply see your doctor for medication.


Could mean nothing, maybe you ate some colourful candy. Could mean something serious, like liver disease! Go to the doctor if it doesn’t go away or you have other symptoms. Another cause could be smoking, which is just one more reason to quit.


Swollen lips can be a result of getting hit in the mouth, or come from an allergic reaction. If you have a swollen tongue, burning lips, hives on your skin, or an itchy throat, seek medical help immediately, you could be having a serious reaction to something you’ve eaten or come in contact with.


It could either be something as harmless as needed some sunlight to more severe issues. If you’re also experiencing paleness elsewhere, you should see your doctor to test for anemia or cancer.

Tenderness happens with more severe allergic reactions, but having slightly inflamed or red lips could mean you’re allergic to things such as toothpaste or lipstick. Keep track of such episodes and stop using any product you suspect is the source.

Cold sores
Sometimes called fever blisters, are groups of small blisters on the lip and around the mouth. The skin around the blisters is often red, swollen, and sore. The blisters may break open, leak a clear fluid, and then scab over after a few days. They usually heal in several days to 2 weeks, but it could be caused by the herpes simplex virus, then you need to see a doctor.

Naturally your lips should be pink, soft, and smooth. If you have healthy lips make sure to drink plenty of water, use lip moisturizers and balms, and visit the doctor if you have any non-healing lesions.

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