White Spot On Lip





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Published on May 26, 2013

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White Spots on Lips
White spots on lips can be cosmetically distressing to most people. They can be small or white patches and are often harmless. However, any white spots on lips require medical attention as it could be due to a more serious condition.

White spots on lips can be mild to severe depending on the cause. These spots can be extremely distressing and have an unsightly appearance. Symptoms of white spots on the lips may be small white patches or large patches that cover the entire lips and lessen the color of the lips. Sometimes, the patches may progress into the mouth or center around the mouth depending on the cause. White spots on the lips are often harmless, but should not be ignored as it may be due to a life threatening illness. Understanding some of the causes linked to white spots on the lips may be beneficial in order to obtain timely treatment.
Causes of White Spots on Lips

White spots on the lips can be due to various causes. For example, white spots on the lips can be caused by a viral infection. The most common oral infections are herpes, human papilloma virus (HPV), measles, mumps, rubella etc. Some causes of this condition are mentioned below. Fordyce Spots -Small, white spots on the lips ranging in diameter from 1mm to 3 mm may be due to Fordyce spots or Fordyce granules. These spots are painless and harmless, although they cause concern due to cosmetic reasons. There is no known cause for these spots, although it is believed to occur due to trapped oil in the sebaceous glands on the skin. Vitiligo -This is a skin condition that causes the loss of pigmentation in various areas of the body and can affect the lips as well. This is a progressive disorder, which spreads to the rest of the body. Although the cause is not known, it is believed to be caused by an autoimmune disease. This condition may also be genetic and may be associated with skin cancer. Herpes -This is a viral infection caused by the Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV). Herpes is infectious and spreads through skin-to-skin contact. This infection can cause itchy, painful, white blisters on the lips. Herpes is not curable, although the infection can be suppressed and the symptoms avoided. Lip Cancer -Skin cancer, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, is the most common type of cancer in the US. Lips are a common area often afflicted with this condition. Lip cancer is more common in males over the age of 50 than in women. This condition often goes undetected as it is mistaken for another illness. However, a biopsy can reveal the true condition. The most common cause of lip cancer is overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays.

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