Updated: 2021, Jun 16

Tingling Lips: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

Tingling lips is often experienced and is a problem when we feel as if pins and needles are being pricked on our lips. In medical terms, this is referred as lip paresthesia. The causes are definitely diverse but the effects are extremely irritable and serious if not taken care of. Tingling lips may also be symptoms of various other health issues or problems. Lips are a delicate part of our body and that is why any problem for lips may prove to be risky if not taken proper care at the right time. The causes vary from chapped lips, allergies, awful and expired lip products and even sores. Consumption of tobacco and alcohol repeatedly may also be reasons for tingling lips.

Tingling Lips: Symptoms, Causes and Treatments

There are other causes as well that we will discuss further in this write up. It is very important to first know about the symptoms that appear leading to tingling lips because if the symptoms are taken care of, worse situations may be avoided. Some of the symptoms are listed below and these may vary as they depend on the causes:

  • Inflammatory feeling
  • Flaky and chapped lips
  • Dried out lips
  • Deadness or numb feeling on lips
  • Painful moments
  • Redness or puffiness
  • Allergies, sores or pimples

Apart from these common symptoms, there may be serious symptoms too which accompany other problems of the body. Paralysis, nervous disorders, severe headaches, cancers or tumours, etc may also be the reasons for tingling lips. We would be discussing the conventional causes of the same now, in order to understand the occurrence of tingling lips better:

  • Allergies and reactions
  • Improper eating habits and diet
  • Infected or impure drinking water
  • Seafood poisoning
  • Chemical contacts or inhale
  • Flaky and Chapped lips
  • Oral herpes
  • Weather conditions such as extreme cold or hot
  • External injuries
  • Sun exposure or sunburn
  • Tumours or Cancer
  • Cervical stenosis
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Various kinds of viral Infections
  • Vitamin deficiency
  • Cranial nerve trauma
  • Stroke

All these causes can be foreseen on a wholesome basis. But, there are some causes that briefly need to be discussed due to their more prevalence and complexity:

  • Allergies
    Lips are a very sensitive area of the body and this is why when at any time the lips make contact with some noxious allergens, edible, cosmetic or through environment, tingling can definitely occur. Due to allergies from certain foods, chemical pesticides, cleansers, medicines, cosmetics, etc. the tingling lips can last for a varied period of time. Tingling can also cause itchiness, rashes, ulcers, etc in and around mouth. Proper care is utmost important.
  • Mineral Deficiences
    Low levels and deficiency of vital minerals like potassium, calcium and phosphate in the body can result in lip tingling, trembling and shuddering. This can also cause similar symptoms like tingling in the tongue, throat, nose and ears. There may be muscle pain in other parts of the body as well.
  • Panic Attack
    Stressful lifestyle these days cause a lot of health issues and that is why panic attack is a common problem. Panic attack and high stress level causes a person to breathe heavily and fast. This results in a huge loss of carbon dioxide from the blood which in turn intensifies the anxiety symptoms. This is known as hyperventilation and can generate tingling sensation in lips.
  • Peripheral Neuropathy & Hypoglycaemia
    This is a type of sensory nerve damage. Peripheral neuropathy causes tingling in different parts of the body including the lips. Peripheral neuropathy is also a result of unbalanced glucose levels, i.e. hypoglycaemia. Hypoglycaemia also causes symptoms like tingling in lips and other parts of the body including anxiety and muscular pain. Generally, this symptom of tingling lips shows up during the night.
  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon
    This is a state where the blood vessels close to the surface of the skin become contracted on exposure to low temperatures. Consequently, prickling, tingling, twitching, spasms and pain are felt in the affected area. Also, the skin becomes pale white or blue in colour. It mostly influences the lips, feet, hands, face and ears. Raynaud’s syndrome may also be a symptom of lupus and other similar disorders.

What are the Treatments for tingling lips

Remember, tingling is a symptom and not a disease and that is why its actual cause has to be recognized in order to get its aid. Once we know the reason and treat it properly, this irritable condition can be got rid of. Some treatments are listed below:

Antihistamines obstruct histamine-1 receptors in the gastrointestinal tract, respiratory tract and blood vessels of an allergic individual, thus causing the allergens to stop from acting and eventually stopping the tingling in the lips.


Diet Differences

Dietary and nutritional deficiencies also cause tingling lips and if properly taken care of, suitable dietary supplements and healthy foods rich in minerals and vitamins can help in getting rid of the irritable problem.

Vitamin Intake
If the tingling of lips is an outcome of deficiency of vitamins especially folate and B12, you can go for trusted capsules to eventually get away with this problem. There are quick relieves through this remedy if the cause is vitamin deficiencies.

Lemon mint extract are very helpful in tingling lips especially in case of herpes virus. Also, lysine supplements, mint grass and milk based medicated products can help you get rid of tingling lips. There are many other herbal remedies like basil leaves, neem, etc which heal the problem. Make sure you consult before choosing one.

Tingling lips is a kind of a symptom and there are no specific ways to rescue from it. This is why, a healthy lifestyle, correct sleep timings, healthy nutritive diet, less consumption of tobacco and alcohol can at least prevent it to occur or re-occur.

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Donna Fisher

Donna is an award-winning health, wellness, and beauty writer based in Texas. She has also published eBooks and edited several other

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