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Tingling lips: causes and treatment

by Alivia Nyhan
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Tingling is a sensation known as paresthesia; it can occur in different parts of the body such as hands, feet, arms, fingers, legs, face, and lips. The latter is very delicate and sensitive; any alteration in them may indicate that something is happening, and the causes that give rise to this alteration should be highlighted. Changes in temperature, stress, moods, and contact with some foods can provide this tingling sensation.

Tingling on the lips is characterized by the appearance of numbness and a stinging sensation; it is as if animals were walking across the lips. In this FastlyHealarticle, we explain the causes of tingling lips and their treatment.

Causes of tingling lips

There are many causes that can give rise to tingling on the lips, among which are:

Herpes labialis

The appearance of lesions caused by the herpes virus is preceded by paresthesia or a tingling sensation, as well as itching around the lips.

In the following article, you can learn about the contagion, symptoms, and treatment of cold sores.

Allergic reaction

The tingling sensation resulting from an allergic reaction can be due to the use of facial creams or facial cleansers, as well as moisturizers, moisturizers, cosmetics, and oral hygiene products that can often cause an allergic reaction. One of the alarms due to the allergic reaction is the tingling and numbness of the lips and other symptoms.


This disease is characterized by presenting injury to the parathyroid glands located in the neck; it is characterized by not producing parathyroid hormone in adequate amounts for the body. Because of this, tingling or paresthesia may occur on the lips.

Peripheral neuropathy

Peripheral neuropathy can cause numbness in the lips due to disturbances in the conduction of nerve information from the outside to the brain, for which the performance of functions is affected and, in this way, paresthesia or tingling begins to appear in the lips, mouth and other parts of the body. This alteration can be manifested by the appearance of a disease such as diabetes or other disorders that can affect the nervous system.


In this case, the tingling of the lips is due to the decrease in calcium levels in the blood.

Psychological stress

It can generate alteration of the mucosa and cause a tingling sensation in the lips or paresthesia, which will pass once the stress problem is controlled.

Drug reactions

Some medications can trigger this reaction after ingestion, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.


The parathyroid glands are responsible for controlling calcium levels in the body thanks to the parathyroid hormones they produce. The alteration of these glands results in a decrease in the production of hormones and disorders in calcium levels, giving rise to the sensation of tingling and paresthesia in the lips.


It is an alteration capable of triggering different signs and symptoms in the body that are activated at the nervous and psychological level and give rise to other physical symptoms such as:

  • Sweating
  • Vertigo.
  • Difficulty breathing.
  • Paresthesia or tingling in other body parts where the lips are included.

Raynaud’s disease

This is a disease caused by narrowing and narrowing the blood vessels in some body areas. It can produce attacks that cause numbness or a tingling sensation in the lips, hands, feet, nose, and ears.

Excessive alcohol consumption

High alcohol intake causes loss or decrease of sensitivity in different parts of the body, especially the lips. Controlling this alteration warrants reducing alcohol consumption.

Symptoms of tingling lips

The tingling sensation on the lips may be accompanied by other symptoms such as:

  • Numbness.
  • Burning sensation
  • Numbness
  • Dryness.
  • Increase in volume, color changes, and heat.

At the same time, this tingling sensation can occur in other parts of the body, such as hands, feet, arms, and legs.

Tingling lips: treatment

The appearance of tingling on the lips is a sign that you should go to the doctor; he will take care of the reasons for the presence of these symptoms through prior medical consultation. It is essential to bear in mind that this symptom is simply a sign and does not necessarily indicate the presence of a disease, hence the importance of attending the doctor, as it is a relevant factor for an accurate diagnosis. Knowing the causes that give rise to these symptoms makes it much easier to prescribe the appropriate treatment.

Some medications help control this symptom, among which we can mention the antihistamine ínicos, medicines used to prevent allergies and their symptoms. The doctor will prescribe the dose and the duration according to the signs that the patient presents.

In cases where the appearance of this symptom is due to a disease such as diabetes, where blood sugar levels are not typical, it can trigger an alteration in the nervous system. In this case, this alteration is known as peripheral neuropathy. The specialist doctor will indicate the appropriate treatment to control glucose levels and improve the nerve damage.

When it comes to anxiety, physical and emotional stress, and changing lifestyle habits, it is recommended to practice physical exercise or some discipline that produces relaxation, such as yoga or breathing exercises. These exercises help manage stress and improve the affected person’s mood.

It is necessary to promote the consumption of those foods with a high content of vitamin B; among these, you can find eggs, spinach, carrots, etc. These will improve the nutritional requirements that are important to consume daily.

The consumption of acidic and salty foods should be avoided, as they could aggravate the symptoms.

Take hygienic measures to avoid cold sore contamination, such as not sharing your toothbrush with other people or sharing personal items with people with complex, painful lesions.

This article is merely informative, at FastlyHeal .com we do not have the power to prescribe medical treatments or make any type of diagnosis. We invite you to see a doctor in the case of presenting any type of condition or discomfort.

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