“Hey, wait, how can the new lip ring, which I want to get possibly be dangerous?” Well, you may not be aware of this, but lip rings can cause an allergic reaction on lips. What can cause allergic reactions to my lips? Please inform me; I want to know all about this. Read further if you find yourself saying this because that is the subject of this article.
What Causes ‘Bee-Stung Lips?
If you research allergic reactions on lips, you will find a wealth of information that refers to this phenomenon as ‘swollen lips. The medical community defines swollen lips as ‘an underlying inflammation or fluid build-up under your lips’ skin. It may perplex you to know that a wide variety of things and factors can cause this.
Remember That Adage, “Don’t Eat Peanuts?”
Indeed, there is some truth to the saying, “be wary of peanuts because they can cause severe allergies!” However, peanuts are not the only culprit behind severe allergies, and keep in mind that allergies are the cause of many swollen lips!
You may be wondering why an allergic reaction on the lips occurs when you eat or get exposed to certain things. It is because your lips produce histamine (a chemical), which causes sneezing and itchy and inflamed skin.
Did you know that many allergies abound?
Indeed, many allergies which trigger ‘bee-stung’ lips abound. They are triggered by:
- The environment
- Certain foods
- Insect bites and stings
- Certain medications and drugs
I had no idea that the situation can cause allergic reactions on my lips! Yes, it is the truth; some aspects of the background can cause your lips to swell up painfully.
They are a fact of life in that there is no avoiding them because you must go outside. The main culprits behind environmental allergies are:
- Mold spores
- Pet dander
Each one of these items is capable of producing the following for your lips, which range from being plain annoying to deadly. They are:
- Swelling on the lips (and other body parts)
- Nasal congestion
While environmental allergies may be impossible for you to avoid, they are one hundred percent treatable. Many allergists exist who will be able to perform skin or blood tests.
These tests will indicate to them the things you are allergic to. They can formulate an effective treatment plan based on these test results. The treatment plan can include having you take an over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription antihistamine.
You may also need to get allergy shots if your allergies are incredibly severe.
Many types of food are a common culprit behind an allergic reaction on lips. The American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (ACAAI) estimates that 4% of adults and 6% of kids are allergic to various types of foods (including peanuts!)
The allergies usually manifest as swelling of different parts of the body including the lips, face, throat, feet, hands, among others. A full list of the parts of the body which are affected by food allergies is below:
- Swelling of the face
- Swelling of the tongue
- Difficulty in swallowing
- Stomach pain
Many types of foods, including peanuts, eggs, various nuts, dairy, and seafood (especially shellfish), can cause these allergies. Unfortunately, the only known treatment which is useful is not to eat the foods which cause your allergies.
If you have an allergic reaction on the lips (or any other body part), or experience one or more of the symptoms listed above, you are advised to keep a food diary and note down which foods caused you to have allergic reactions.
You should also list the types of allergies you experienced and the date(s) on which you experienced them. This will help you identify the foods which cause you to have allergic reactions.
You can also determine when you began to develop allergies to certain foods since some food allergies develop later in life
Insect bites/stings and their associated allergies are discussed below. Please read this information because it can help you avoid a great deal of misery and even save your life
Insect bites/stings and allergies
If you have ever been outdoors, you should know all too well that certain insects bite and sting. You also understand that most people are allergic to these.
These bites and stings can cause your lips to swell, sometimes even worse. If you are allergic to bees and you are stung, you may experience allergic reactions to many parts of your body immediately after being hurt.
The worst part is that these reactions can stay with you long after you have been stung. Over-the-counter (OTC) allergy medications like Benadryl can be taken either in liquid form or can be applied to the skin as a cream ointment.
These types of medicines can help to substantially reduce the swelling, itching, and redness/soreness you experience immediately after being bitten/stung.
Also, get the Epipen. This can save your life, especially if you experience an anaphylactic reaction shortly after being bitten or stung.
You can get swollen lips if you are allergic to certain drugs or medicines. Medical professionals find that many people are allergic to Penicillin. In fact, this antibiotic causes ten percent of the drug/medicine allergies people experience.
Nonsteroidal Antiinflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) and anticonvulsants cause many drug and medicine allergies. This can be hard to believe, but people undergoing chemotherapy often find that certain chemotherapy medicines can cause allergic reactions in certain parts of their bodies.
Other common allergic reactions to drugs/medicines include:
- Skin rashes
- General swelling
If you are allergic to certain medicines/drugs, the best way to avoid allergic reactions from them is not to take/use them
Now Protect Yourself
Now that I know what causes an allergic reaction on lips and more, I know how to defend myself. Thanks for this information. I appreciated it!