What Do We Mean By Bumps on Lower Lip?
A Bump on Lower Lip can develop due to a variety of reasons. It may develop as a result of an allergic reaction, biting the lip with the teeth, or due to certain serious medical condition like oral cancer. It is usually red in color and are extremely irritating and at times painful as well. It may vary in size from being very small, which may hardly be noticed by anyone to quite a big bumps which may look ugly. If the cause of Bumps on Lower Lip is determined then it becomes easier for the physician to formulate a treatment plan.
Most of the times, Bumps on Lower Lip are quite harmless, but there are certain symptoms which when occur require a consultation with a physician to determine the cause and formulate a treatment plan to get rid of Bumps on Lower Lip. These symptoms are unstoppable bleeding from the bump, problems with breathing, swelling of the lower lip, rash that starts to spread across the face quite rapidly, bumps that extremely painful, gradual enlargement in the size of the bump, swelling of the jaw, or a white patch on the lower lip. These may be signs of something more complication going on result in Bumps on Lower Lip.
Are Bumps on Lower Lip Contagious?
The answer to this is no. Most of the conditions causing bumps on lower lip are not contagious, except those caused by herpes infection. Herpes is quite a contagious infection, especially if it is associated with a bump or a lesion. Hence it is recommended that if you are diagnosed with oral herpes then to refrain from direct contact with anyone, including kissing anyone until the infection is resolved and you get rid of it.
What Causes Bumps on Lower Lip?
The cause of Bumps on Lower Lip may be acute or chronic. Some of the common causes of it include:
- Allergic reaction
- Bacterial infection
- Mucous cyst
- Oral herpes
- Oral thrush
- Perioral dermatitis
While most of the above mentioned conditions are quite benign and can be treated easily, oral cancer is a potentially serious condition and needs emergent medical evaluation which can also cause Bumps on Lower Lip.
How are Bumps on Lower Lip Diagnosed?
In order to diagnose the cause of the Bumps on Lower Lip, the treating physician will first take a detailed history of the patient. The physician may inquire as to whether patient has any history of smoking, excessive exposure to sun due to occupation, whether the patient has started any new medications as of recent which may have caused any allergic reaction leading to it.
The physician may also inquire as to whether the patient may have been exposed to any environmental allergens that may be the reason behind Bumps on Lower Lip. Once history taking is done with, the physician then conducts a physical examination closely inspecting the lower lip and the bump looking for any areas of tenderness or inflammation. The physician may even ask whether the bump is painful or not.
Depending on the findings of the physical examination, the following tests may be ordered:
- Blood test to rule in or out any bacterial or viral infections as a cause of Bump on Lower Lip
- Biopsy of the lesion to check for presence of cancer.
- At times, an x-ray might be done of the mouth and jaw to look for any abnormalities which may be causing it.
- Common conditions like thrush or herpes can be diagnosed through visual inspection itself and does not require any tests or investigations in order to confirm the cause of Bumps on Lower Lip.
How are Bumps on Lower Lip Treated?
The treatment of Bumps on Lower Lip is solely dependent on the cause of it. Once a cause is identified then it is easier for the physician to formulate a treatment plan for the patient. If infections are a cause for it, then antibacteria or antifungal medications may be prescribed to treat the infection causing it.
Anti-viral medications may also be prescribed if a virus is a cause of it. Antihistamines are prescribed for treating allergic and inflammatory causes of it. Canker sores and oral herpes are treated with medications but they always have a potential to recur again in the future for which the patient will have to again take the prescribed medication to treat it.
For conditions like oral cancer causing Bumps on Lower Lip, the treatment is more complex and requires radiation and chemotherapy to prevent the cancer from spreading to other parts of the body after removing it surgically.
Home Remedies for Bumps on Lower Lip
Some of the home remedies suggested for Bumps on Lower Lip includes:
Honey: This is quite an effective remedy if the bumps on lower lip are caused by any bacterial or fungal infection. Honey has antimicrobial and antibacterial properties which eliminate any skin infections causing it, especially those caused by cold sores
Primrose Oil: This is yet another excellent home remedy for bumps on lower lip. This is quite effective in treating mucous cysts which is one of the common causes of it. Primrose Oil contains g-linolenic acid in abundance and is quite effective in treating mucous cysts causing it.
Witch Hazel: This is also quite a good home remedy, especially for those that are caused by canker sores. It is a natural a natural antiseptic and is quite effective in treating canker sores.
Aloe Vera/Coconut Oil: This can be an effective home remedy to get rid of bumps on lower lip caused by perioral dermatitis. Coconut oil is a brilliant moisturizer and has antibacterial properties which along with Aloe Vera which is excellent for soothing the skin and getting rid of rashes work wonders and help in getting rid of it.
Apple Cider Vinegar: This is quite an effective natural treatment for bumps on lower lip when they are caused by oral thrush. All you need to do is mix some Apple Cider Vinegar in some water and soak a cotton ball in the solution and apply it to the bump for 150-20 minutes. Gradually within a few days you can see the results and you can get rid of it.
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- National Health Service. (2018). Mouth Ulcers and Canker Sores. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/mouth-ulcers/