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How To Get Rid Of A Swollen Lip Fast

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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.

how to get rid of a swollen-lip fast

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.

How To Get Rid Of A Swollen Lip Fast was last modified: January 31st, 2015 by Top10HomeRemedies
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93 thoughts on “How To Get Rid Of A Swollen Lip Fast”

  1. I had a swollen lip over night and tried checking the internet for a solution untill then i found this…it really help alot

  2. My daughter split her lip falling off the top bunk bed last night. Today her lip was huge! After almost fainting, I was blessed with finding this website. The cold compress helped. We’ll try the black tea bag after school and before tricking her into the ER. Thanks lots.

  3. I went rollerbladeing with my dad to the skate park did a turn and smacked my face right on the cement it turns out I had bitten my lip all the way through my lip is still really swollen and bloody but getting better 🙂

  4. Hello
    So here’s my story…..

    So i was playing baseball and then a ball hit me in the face because the sun was in my eyes but then I couldn’t feel my body and it felt like someone pushed me and then I started to spit out blood constantly I’ve tried icing it it has been working but I want it to be gone tomorrow for my baseball game is their any faster way I could get rid of my ugly swollen lip.

  5. Currently holding a cold water bottle to my lip because I also bite my inner bottom lip if feels like it’s going down but idk lol hope it works it’s been swollen for 2 days and I have a date tomorrow we will see what happens

  6. held a cold spoon to my bottom lip as I have a habit of biting it took a total of 48mins for it to lose the swelling up to where you couldn’t visibly tell. held it for another half hour and its back to normal.

  7. It just worked in a half hour to cure my lip swelling. I got a much relief doing it. I was able to sleep at night gently.

  8. son just rolled out of bed and hit his face off the floor and now has a fat lip put cold compresses on it going to try other stuff tomorrow if don’t get better guess I’ll take to the ER thanks for ideas

    1. My lips are getting bigger with every passing hr. Both! Some sort of allergic reaction to antibiotic, ( doxycycline) for bacterial pneumonia! At least best I can figure… don’t know of anything else I’ve used or done differently. :/ unless it’s the different no name kleenex (kirklands) from coughing up and spitting out in it …:/ at any rate Tylenol hardly helped nor did benadryl. :/ going now to try aloe pant (cold) keep you all posted!!

  9. I had a really bad allergic reaction to a mosquito bite. The ice one worked well, but the next day it was swollen again, to the same exact size!

  10. I fell busted my lip been using ice pack for two days swelling still there I’m going to try some other remedies hopefully they work

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