Warts can occur on any place in the body. They may appear on genitals, hands or feet. The warts that are most problematic are those which occur on lips, especially because they look unsightly. Though warts usually do not cause pain; however, drinking cold or hot beverages may irritate them when all such beverages pass to reach the mouth.
Are Lip Warts Contagious?
This infection caused by a virus, which affects the lips is very contagious and is spread via contact with infected skin. For example, if a person scratches the infected lips with their fingers, and then they do not wash their hands and do routine daily activities, the infection is likely to spread to another person. You may also get lip wart infection by getting involved in oral sex with a partner who is already infected with the virus.
The virus that causes the warts on your lips is known as HPV or human papillomavirus. The infection is transferred from an already infected person. You may get the infection via direct contact, such as by touching an infected person or via indirect contact, such as by handling an object touched by an infected person. Sharing a razor, lip balm or towel with an infected person is another way in which you can get wart on lip or face. Warts may also spread from other areas of your own body to your lips.
Since lips remain moist, they are more susceptible to be infected with the virus in comparison to other parts of the body. Cracked or chapped lips are even more susceptible to get the infection.
Persons whose immune systems are compromised such as with AIDS or HIV, or who are undergoing chemotherapy or who have been ill recently are more susceptible to get the infection; however, even people who are in good health can get infected with HPV and develop lip warts. You can protect yourself from contracting the infection by avoiding sharing of personal items such as washcloths, towels, lip balm, makeup and razors.
In some cases, lip warts do not need any type of treatment and disappear on their own in a few days. But, it depends on the severity of the infection. The various treatment measures are discussed below:
You must understand that pricking lip warts is not the solution to remove them. This may lead to secondary infection and further complications. On pricking, the lip wart may result in profuse bleeding, thereby prolonging the time of recovery.
Moreover, when you are considering the use of OTC medicines, it is essential to consult a qualified dermatologist. Using these OTC products may lead to side effects including scar formation. It is recommended that you should opt for specially formulated prescription medicines due to the soft skin of the lips.
In majority of the cases, lip warts do not need any surgery and generally gets treated with conservative methods of treatment. Physicians often recommend using a warm compress on the affected area and keeping the area clean and soft.