Dry or sore lips are a common problem, especially during hot or cold weather. There are things you can try yourself that may help.

Things you can try yourself

A pharmacist can help with sore or dry lips

A pharmacist can advise you about:

  • the best treatments for dry or sore lips
  • whether you need to see a GP

See a GP if:

  • your lips are hot, painful, red and swollen – this could be a sign of infection

If your GP thinks you have an infected lip, they may prescribe an antibiotic or antifungal cream to treat the problem.

If you have a small, fluid-filled blister on your lip, you may have a cold sore.

Most people with cold sores get a tingling, burning or itching feeling on their lip before the blister appears.

Read about how to treat cold sores.