Swollen lip from bug bites

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Bug bites are common especially during the spring and summer seasons. Insect bites causes irritation and allergic reactions such as a swollen lip. A reaction can be minor or can become a life-threatening condition which is called anaphylaxis.


  • Engorged bite marks
  • Painful
  • Swelling and burning sensation
  • Red, swelling and a dark red center
  • Development of blisters and hives
    Swollen lip from bug bite
    Swelling and burning sensation can be felt in the mouth.
  • When scratching the sites of bug bites, it increases the risk for secondary infection that result to swelling and bleeding.

Treatment of bug bites

  • Clean the affected area using water only to prevent the possibility of a toxic reaction from soap or other cleaning agents.
  • Apply an ice pack on the swollen lip for at least for 10 minutes at a time to lessen pain due to bug bites. Wrap the pack in a washcloth and press it gently on the swollen area.
  • Take the prescribed oral antihistamines to prevent or block the action of histamine and lessen the itching and swelling.
  • Turmeric powder has antiseptic and healing properties ideal for a swollen lip from bug bites.
  • Salt is a natural disinfectant that can eliminate germs that can cause an infection bug bites. Dissolve a teaspoon of salt in one cup lukewarm water. Soak a cotton ball in the solution and gently apply on the bite site to lessen the swelling. Perform this remedy at least 2 times every day.
  • Apply a warm compress on the swollen lip for at least 10 minutes to increase the flow of blood in the area, lessen build up of blood in affected area and reduce inflammation and swelling. Apply the warm compress every hour a few times every day.

If the symptoms become severe to include difficulty breathing, facial swelling, confusion, irregular heartbeat, seek medical help immediately.





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