How To Get Rid Of A Swollen Lip Fast

By swollen lips it means abnormal enlargement of the lips which is very noticeable. The swelling mainly happens from some kind of trauma to the soft tissue of the lip. Some of the reasons behind swollen lips are extreme climatic conditions, dryness, nutritional deficiencies, viral infection, some kind of injury or cut, dehydration, insect bite, allergic reaction to a food substance, use of wrong lip care products and so on. In order to get rid of swollen lips, it is very important to first identify the cause. As at times swollen lips may be accompanied by bleeding and cuts, a person may have difficulty in eating, drinking, talking, or even in opening the mouth.

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No matter what is the reason behind a swollen lip, a fat lip can be embarrassing and painful. You can go for over the counter medicines or prescribed medicines to treat swollen lips. At the same time there are some excellent home remedies that work really fast to get rid of swollen lips and you can easily try them at home.

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Here are top 10 ways to get rid of a Swollen Lip Fast.

1. Cold Compresses

As soon as you notice swollen lips, apply cold compresses over the affected area. For this take some ice cubes and wrap them in a paper towel or washcloth. Else you can also use a bag of frozen peas or a cold spoon. Now press this cold compress pack gently over the swollen area for ten minutes, take some break and repeat the process again. Follow the remedy until the swelling starts to reduce and you get relief from the pain and discomfort. It is highly recommended not to use ice directly on the swollen lips as it can result in soreness or mild frost bite.

2. Hot Compresses

Similar to cold compresses, applying hot compresses over the affected area is another effective way to treat swollen lips. This will improve the blood flow to the lips and reduce the accumulation of blood in the swollen area, leading to reduction in swelling and inflammation. For hot compresses soak a washcloth in warm water, remove the excess water and then apply it over the lips for ten minutes at a time. Repeat the process again after one hour. You can also apply a heating pad over the affected lips. For better result, use cold compresses and hot compresses alternatively in every three to four hours.

3. Turmeric

Turmeric powder has antiseptic as well as healing properties and hence you can use this easily available ingredient to treat the problem of swollen lips. You can make an herbal ointment with the help of turmeric power. For this you need to mix little bit of turmeric power with fuller’s earth and cold water. Mix it properly and then apply it over the affected area. Allow it to dry for some time and then clean the lips with lukewarm water. Repeat the process twice a day to get rid of the pain and swelling. The antiseptic properties present in turmeric will also prevent further infection.

4. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel has several anti-inflammatory properties and it can be very effective in reducing the swelling as well as burning sensation that people have when suffering from swollen lips caused mainly due to insect bites, mosquito bites or some kind of allergic reaction. You can use freshly extracted juice of aloe vera or aloe vera gel to treat swollen lips. Apply aloe vera juice or gel over the affected lips and massage the area gently. This way the medicinal properties present in aloe vera will get easily absorbed into the skin and soon the pain and inflammation will get reduced. Follow this easy and simple remedy two to three times in a day.

5. Baking Soda

Baking soda is also highly recommended to treat the condition of swollen lips when the reason behind the problem is some kind of allergic reaction, fever blister, insect bite or mosquito bite. For this you need to make a thick paste by mixing two tablespoon of baking soda with some water. Apply a thick coat of this mixture on the affected lip area. Leave for ten minutes and then rinse the area with cold water. This remedy will reduce the pain as well as inflammation.

6. Black Tea Bag

Black tea contains a component known as tannins. This component has excellent astringent qualities which can reduce swelling on the soft tissues of the lips. Take a black tea bag and soak it in warm water for about ten minutes. Remove the tea bag from the warm water and allow it to cool down and then gently apply it over the swollen lips for ten minutes. This will help to alleviate some of the discomfort and soon the swelling and inflammation will get reduced. Repeat the process four to five times in a day for quick result.




  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 :D now i can go to my aunts wedding and not be embarrased


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