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.