White Spots on Lips Due to STD

by Sam Malone


Most people associate white spots on the lips with STDs however this symptom can be associated with other conditions as well. White spots on the lips may be due to a viral infection. Herpes, the human papilloma virus, as well as other viruses can cause white spots on the lips to increase. Apart from these, some other reasons for white spots appearing on the lips are oral herpes (can also be caused due to common colds), low immune levels, chickenpox, lymphomas, measles, rubella, mumps, and viruses that infect the salivary gland and mouth tissues.

White spots or patches on the lips can also appear due to vitiligo, a condition where the skin loses its melanin. There are natural home remedies to help treat white spots and curb pigmentation problems. For this you will need to:

  1. Three Essential Oils: Benzoin, tea tree, and cabreuva are excellent in the treatment of white spots. Take ½ teaspoon each of these oils and pour it into a small cup. To increase the effectiveness of this mixture, add 1/4th teaspoon each of 3 more essential oils - palamarosa, frankincense, and galbanum. Combine these oils and add to it a cup of olive oil mixed in with 1 teaspoon of Scotch pine essential oil. Pour this mixture in a container or bottle and shake the mixture vigorously.
  2. Take a clean cotton pad and dribble a little of the essential oil mix on it. Let the pad soak in the oils for a minute. Dab the cotton pad on the affected areas and let the oil stand on for about twenty odd minutes.
  3. Wipe the oil off and splash cool, clean water on the area. Wash the area with a gentle face wash and pat the skin dry. Dab on an oil-free moisturizer to the whole  area.
  4. Continue this treatment once a day, preferably before going to bed for at least a week. Stop using the treatment if it causes severe redness, irritation, swelling, itching or burning sensations.
  5. It is very important that you seek advice from a medical expert before you decide to use any home remedy for white spots on your lips.

Painless white spots on the lips can also be the sign of Fordyce’s condition. The spots are quite unsightly and occur in both men and women. Fordyce spots appear when there is excess oil or pus in the ectopic sebaceous glands. This condition is neither harmful nor contagious. In order to treat this problem, the amount of sebum in and around the affected area should be reduced. Anti-sebum therapy is available in the market; however, it is essential that you consult your dermatologist before trying out any new products, mainly because Fordyce spots don’t cause irritation or pain, but treating it without medical advice might result in the area getting inflamed.

In children, the cause of white spots could be due to mouth sores which normally appear on the insides of the lips and the cheeks. These sores that bring about white spots on babies’ lips are invariably due to hand, foot and mouth disease (Coxsackie virus), herpes virus or canker sores. Oral thrush is another reason for white spots on the lips in babies. It is quite a common condition that is caused by a yeast infection. Oral thrush is usually harmless but in some cases it can be painful and become challenging when nursing. Consult your child’s pediatrician who will need to treat both mother and child, if the mother is breastfeeding. A common treatment prescribed will be the use of a topical anti-fungal cream. Home remedies for white spots on a baby’s lips include the use of organic yoghurt on the yeast spots, or the gentle cleaning of your baby’s mouth and lips with mineral water that contains a small amount of sodium bicarbonate. Keep in mind that it is very important to consult a medical expert before you try any home remedies, as there could be possible interactions with your current medications.

References

  1. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/000626.htm

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
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