The Real Reason Why Ulcers Appear On Your Lips.
The skin on the lips is one of the most delicate areas on our body, which is why it often suffers from different factors. Unhealthy lifestyle, dirty hands, and environmental factors can all damage the thin skin on the lips and lay the groundwork for a various infection that could damage your health. This is why it’s important to protect the lips whenever you notice any kind of change such as white ulcers or bulges.
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Here’s what the ulcers on your lips indicate:
- Oral cancer
Oral cancer is a serious disease which occurs due to uncontrolled proliferation of abnormal cells. Oral cancer often manifests through whitish or red lesions on the tongue or other mouth areas. A sore on the lips that don’t heal over time can also be a sign of the disease. These ulcers are not usually painful but may cause a burning sensation in the later stages, as well as consistent throat pain, bad breath, loss of weight and loss of appetite. If your mouth ulcers don’t go away quickly on their own, you should seek immediate medical advice.
- Oral herpes
Oral herpes is an infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus that causes sores and blisters on the lips. However, this is not a common factor in all cases. According to Dr. Francisco Perez Atamoros, President of the Mexican society of cosmetic dermatology and laser, the problem “does not necessarily present clinical manifestations, i.e. not going to suffer the onset of inflammation in the mouth, or injury to the lips, the infectious agent, although when present, it requires certain conditions to multiply and progress. However, carriers can transmit the organism to others with ease which is why it spreads so quickly.”
- Fordyce granules
Fordyce granules are small raised, pale red, yellow-white or skin-colored bumps or spots on the vermilion border of the lips. They can grow 1-3 mm. in diameter and are not associated with any disease or condition. According to dermatologists, they are merely a cosmetic concern and usually go away on their own. However, as they are pretty noticeable, some people prefer undergoing certain treatment that may accelerate the healing. Furthermore, if the granules don’t go away on their own shortly, you should visit a dermatologist right away.
Juan Medina, a specialist in prosthodontics, says that a trip to the doctor is a must if sores, bumps, and wounds on your lips don’t heal in more than 2 weeks. “Visit your doctor immediately if you notice sores that last more than two weeks and wounds that do not heal, as well as swelling, growths or bumps anywhere within or near the mouth or neck, white or red spots that change color and recurrent mouth or throat bleeding.”
You should also visit your dentist regularly (1-2 times a year) in order to resolve any problems in your oral cavity. If you notice any kind of abnormality in or near your mouth, visit a doctor as it may have grave consequences on your health.