What Can Cause Bumps on the Lip?

Beautiful surprised woman isolated on whiteSeveral things can cause bumps on lip tissue. Bumps can be sore, painful, tender, itchy, or just unsightly. If you have bumps on your lips, our dentist can help you get to the bottom of them and find the best treatment for them.

Common underlying causes for bumps include:

Oral herpes or cold sores: These sores are extremely common and can flare up as a result of stress, illness, or sun exposure. An antiviral medication can help shorten the duration of these painful bumps.

Oral thrush: Oral thrush is a type of yeast overgrowth that affects the mouth. It is most common in those with diabetes, dentures, or an immunodeficiency. An antifungal can help rebalance the oral environment.

Canker sores: These painful oral ulcers can appear without any obvious cause and usually resolve on their own. Laser treatment may help speed their resolution.

Allergic reactions: An allergic reaction can lead to hives and bumps around the mouth. An antihistamine or other treatment can help block the allergic reaction and resolve the bumps.

Hand, foot, and mouth disease: This common childhood illness will usually resolve on its own but may benefit from supportive treatment.

Rarely, a bump on the lip can be a symptom of oral cancer. Our dentist may recommend a biopsy or further testing if the bump is not associated with other oral problems or has no obvious cause. Call us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation with our team.

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