How To Get Rid Of A Swollen Lip Fast

A fat lip can be embarrassing and painful. It may be accompanied by bleeding and cuts, and can cause difficulty eating, drinking, talking or even opening your mouth.

The swelling usually occurs due to some kind of trauma to the soft tissue of the lips. Other causes include extreme weather conditions, dryness, nutritional deficiencies, a viral infection, dehydration, an insect bite, an allergic reaction and using poor quality lip care products.

You can use over-the-counter or prescribed medicines to treat a swollen lip. But there are some excellent home remedies as well that will help get rid of it quickly.

In case your swollen lip is caused by an allergy, a medical condition, or some serious injury, do consult your doctor.

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Here are the top 10 ways to get rid of a swollen lip fast.

1. Cold Compress

As soon as you notice your lip swelling, apply a cold compress. In fact, this is one of the best ways to help reduce the swelling caused by lip piercing.

  1. Wrap some ice cubes in a paper towel or washcloth. You can also use a bag of frozen peas or a cold spoon.
  2. Press the cold compress gently over the swollen area for 10 minutes, take a break and repeat.
  3. Do this until the swelling goes down and you get relief from the pain and discomfort.

Note: Do not apply ice directly on your lip as it can result in soreness or mild frost bite.

2. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel has several anti-inflammatory properties that are very effective in reducing swelling as well as the burning sensation from a swollen lip. This remedy is best for swelling caused by insect or mosquito bites or some kind of allergic reaction.

  1. Apply freshly extracted aloe vera gel on the affected lip.
  2. Massage the area gently so the aloe vera is absorbed into the lip.
  3. Repeat two or three times a day.

3. Black Tea Bag

Black tea contains compounds known as tannins, which have excellent astringent qualities that can reduce swelling in the soft tissues of the lips.

  1. Soak a black tea bag in warm water for about 10 minutes.
  2. Remove it from the water and allow it to cool.
  3. Gently apply it over the swollen lip for 10 minutes.
  4. Repeat several times a day for quick results.

4. Honey

Honey has natural healing as well as antibacterial properties to effectively and quickly treat a swollen lip. It will keep your lips well moisturized, prevent infection and reduce inflammation, swelling and pain.

  1. Dip a cotton ball in one teaspoon of honey.
  2. Apply it on the affected lip.
  3. Leave it on for about 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse the area with cold water.
  5. Repeat two or three times a day.

5. Turmeric

Turmeric powder has antiseptic as well as healing properties to treat a swollen lip. The antiseptic properties will also prevent infection. You can make an herbal ointment with turmeric power.

  1. Mix a little turmeric power with one teaspoon of fuller’s earth and enough cold water to make a paste.
  2. Apply it over the affected area.
  3. Allow it to dry for some time and then clean the lips with lukewarm water.
  4. Repeat twice daily to get rid of pain and swelling.

6. Baking Soda

Baking soda is also highly recommended to treat a swollen lip caused by an allergic reaction, a fever blister, or an insect or mosquito bite. It will help reduce the pain as well as inflammation.

  1. Make a thick paste by mixing three teaspoons of baking soda with one teaspoon of water.
  2. Apply the paste on the affected lip.
  3. Leave it on for a few minutes and then rinse it off with cold water.
  4. Repeat a few times a day until the swelling subsides.




  1. Great advice ice cubes did the trick

  2. Tried the ice/salt/honey remedies, one them worked

  3. Thanks for the remedies!
    when my mum came home with a swollen lip, I didn’t know what to do so I searched on the internet, until I came onto this site.

  4. I was at Walmart where I bought a cup of unsweet tea
    at their McDonald shop, before I left the store, my lip
    began to swell. I visited the ER at the local hospital
    and was given a shot of prednisolone and a
    prescription to follow until I visited my primary
    provider. So far my swelling has gone down some.

    • Was the cup polystyrene with some sort of soft, almost rubbery paint for the label? Because I had a reaction after using a different type of disposable cup at work.

  5. i have a bad habit of chewing a part of my lower lip from my childhood,due to which now that part of the lip becomes swollen and in that region both the upper and lower lips grow slightly upward as compare to the other whole face looks ugly due to this tilted lips and i feel uncomfortable for this,so please help me to cure’s kind request

  6. Hello..
    I have my lower fuller lip…
    Please tell me some home remedy to make my lower lip thinner… I have no pain.

  7. I get cold sores but this one time my whole lip has inflated when I have a cold sore, it doesn’t seem to be going down, I have put salt on the cold sores to kill them but the swollen lip isn’t making a difference

  8. Guyzz plzz help
    ……I hav my upper lip painfully and horribly swolen ,……………….I hav 2 go skul day after as I missed 2day fr d same reason…….help!!!!!!

  9. thnq vry mch 4 da infrmtn i’l try diz n c da rslt. thx agn

  10. Hi, I woke up 4:30am and saw my lower lip swallen… Looks funny at first… I tried to apply ice cube… But nothing’s happening… Can anyone help me what to do to make it normal again… I look like a half Angelina joli..

  11. I just got hit by my son and have a really bad fat upper lip… help what can I do for the swelling to go down quick

  12. The black tea bag workerd!!

  13. thanks now i can go to the Easter play and
    not look embarrassed!

  14. the salt one worked really good, i used salt and the ice…. but don’t use them right after eachother hahaha, cuz it burns. but if you do the ice compression one listed above for a couple minutes at a time it goes down substantially within an hour

  15. Me too how did it go down though

  16. Wow! The hot water compression just worked; now i can go to work with no dog face. Thanks alot

  17. Am yet to try this but i know is gonna work

  18. The cold compress works, though my lip was REALLY swollen i left the ice(wrapped with a towel) for about 2 hours and the swelling had subsided a ton.Thanksss!

  19. Brandon Wilson July 2, 2014, 1:52 pm

    The cold compress really works !!!
    My lip was huge and I looked like an alien but now Im back to normal.
    Cold compress highly recommended !!!!

  20. the cold compress works 😀 now i can go to my aunts wedding and not be embarrased

  21. Your post is very nice and informative post we are also work same in this field and welcome you to visit our website. Thanks for your very nice and really a informative post.

  22. I was at my grandmaas house and I slipped and my knee banged on my lip. My lip began to bleed and it turned swollen. I searched the web and I found this website. I think it has helped quite a lot and my lip has almost gone back to normal. The ice cubes worked well and so did the warm compress. ☺️

  23. The cold compress really works. Now I can go see my girlfriend and not look like I just fought Manny Pacquiao. Thanks.

  24. I been suffering from cold sores since childhood. I get it frequently and have the embarrassing task of facing others, leaving alone the terrible swelling, tenderness and pain. I take jet ketazol tablets as some kind of preventative but I still get it. Simply hate this condition. Will try some of these tips. These tips mean so much to us sufferers . God bless.

  25. thanks for the adice really helpful…now i look much better den b4

  26. JenStillStanding February 2, 2015, 2:58 am

    the ice did the trick…THANK U!!!!!!!!!! my hero

  27. The ice compress really helped. Thankyou. :))

  28. Ice n salt water helped!

  29. The tea bag remedy worked thank you 8======D

  30. While the use of ice to reduce swelling is widespread, it is many a time done incorrectly. The use of a bare ice cube on a swollen area for a prolonged period of time can lead to natural damages from cold, or partial frostbite. What I recommend is that you go get a zip-lock bag, or a paper towel or two and wrap it around some ice cubes, you can then press this to the swollen area to reduce inflammation without harmful side affects.

  31. i used ice & cold spoon what about u

  32. it actually worked

  33. The ice cubes in the zip loc bag works well

  34. peter makunganya June 10, 2015, 7:01 am

    just woke up with a swollen lower lip. I wil try one of these remedies. Thank you for the post

  35. yoo thanks very much for home remedy tips thy really work hey..I washed my lips with a bit of salt after a few minutes I put ice cubes on a facecloth and put it on my lips did that twice now my lips back to normal so happy was frustrated this morning thanks a million:'(

  36. Try ice one hope it helps me too!!!!

  37. Carmen McGee-Jeter August 6, 2015, 12:44 am

    I fainted and busted my lip. It’s been 3 days and I have an interview in 2 days. I put water in a latex glove and froze it. I can’t stand the coldness on my lip for more than 2 minutes. I tried the black tea bag, it’s more comfortable. Pray for me. I’ll respond back in 2 days. Thanks

  38. what is the matter with moms with swollen lips?! my mom too got swollen lips!

  39. Woke up with my upper lip slightly swollen,I applied balm thinking it will reduce it bt it has gone overboard,nw I wil try ice cube hope it works. God help

  40. My lips are covered in cold sores. Idk what to do.

  41. Since l tried out the turmeric powder ,the pain eased up and l feel much better.

  42. I woke up in the middle of the night last night with half of my upper lip swollen, and I knew that today I was going to a social gathering and I certianly didn’t want to look like this! Now I find myself with baking soda on my face….I hope this works… XD

  43. I have never had problems with swollen lips or bumps on my lips until eating too many crunchy Cheetos several weeks ago – Now it seems like my lips have become sensitive to many things and I haven’t figured out what it is for sure. I used Polysporin on my lips but it didn’t help much and then tried coconut oil without much help – The Turmeric has taken some of the swelling down.


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