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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   HI,
Doctor :  
How can I help you?
User :   I am having the problem of chapped lips for the last 4 months.
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   I am taking lot of water, fruits, vegtables & vitamin tablets.
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   Even though not able to avoid. Sometimes i make wet.
User :   so pain also.
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   I am expecting the permanent solution for this..?
User :   can you helpe me?
Doctor :  
Do you have redness/itching?
User :   Also I had tried Lip balm or petroleum jelly. But no use. IT gives temporary solution.
User :   I have redness. but no itching over there.
Doctor :  
Have you had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   NO
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :  
Do you have lack of appetite or weight loss?
Doctor :  
Do you have lesions on the tongue?
User :   As per my knowledge no.
User :   NO lesions on tongue.
Doctor :   Are the symptoms progressive in nature?
Doctor :  
How many glasses of water do you drink in a day?
User :   ok. minimum 2 1/2 t o3 litre.
Doctor :   Do you have any other skin problems apart from this and the acne?
User :   This is first time I having this kind of problem on my lips.
User :   Yes. I have Black heads and blackpatches on my face.
Doctor :  
Do you have scaling of the skin else where?
User :   no
Doctor :   Do you eat non vegetarian food?
User :   yes. but rare. monthly once or twice.
Doctor :  
Do you smoke or consume alcohol?
User :   NO - not at all.
Doctor :  
Ok.
Doctor :  
Let me explain it to you.
User :   is it very critical.
User :   OK
Doctor :   It does not appear to be a serious problem.
Doctor :  
Let me explain.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
The probable cause may be the dehdration due to the summer heat, the pollution around and the dryness..
Doctor :  
Lips are the most sensitive part of the skin which gets affected by dehydration soon.
Doctor :  
So that probably may be the cause.
User :   ok
User :   is it necessary to take medicine?
Doctor :  
When the symptoms persist, there are possibilities that it can get secondary infected, in such cases antibiotics may be needed.
Doctor :  
Since I have not examined you, I cannot predict for the presence of infection.
User :   can you prescribe medicine?
Doctor :  
However, I would suggest you few measures that can help you.
Doctor :  
1. Continue drinking plenty of water.
Doctor :   Atleast a minimum of 8 glasses of water per day is necessary.
User :   ok.
User :   i am taking more than that 2- 3 litres daily.
Doctor :  
Use water mixed with oral rehydration salts, atleast twice a day.
User :   My friends are teasing me. so i need a medicine plz?
User :   where i will get this oral rehydration salts?
User :   in pharmacy?
Doctor :  
This would preserve the loss of water and the electrolytes due to the excessive heat and hence would be able to control the dehydration well.
Doctor :  
They are available in the pharmacy.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
They are the same as electrolyte powder.
Doctor :  
You can use them.
User :   ok
User :   How long it will take to heal completely?
Doctor :  
2. Check the ingredients of the lip balm, as some of the contents can be irritant to the lips and can aggravate the symptoms.
Doctor :  
Preferrable avoid flavored lip balms
User :   It looks weird. ok sure. petroliem jelly..?
Doctor :   Avoid those balms that contain phenol or camphor.
Doctor :  
Petrolleum jelly would be the best.
User :   ok i am using Vaseline. But no progress..!
Doctor :  
Do not try to peel the skin that is affected.
Doctor :  
YOu can use home made ointments using 1 tsp glycerine, with 1 tsp lemon juice.
User :   ok. Normally I don't.
Doctor :  
You can apply this over night.
Doctor :  
They will help in softening the skin and treat the scalling lips.
User :   Night I am applying vaseline. I will try this combination.
Doctor :  
You can use them alternatively instead of vaseline alone.
User :   ok. fine
Doctor :   3. Continue with the mulltivitamin supplements.
Doctor :  
4. Diet rich in calcium, magnessium and vitamins are necessary.
Doctor :  
Some of the food products that are good source of these nutrients are
Doctor :  
milk, yogurt, cheese, beans, almonds,
Doctor :  
legumes, nuts, whole grains and
User :   can you suggest any name for 3 ?i am talking codliver oil (sea fish) tablets daily.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
off course the green vegetables.
Doctor :  
Codliver oil is good.
Doctor :  
Include these dietary food in your diet also.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
Restrict caffeine consumption as they can increase the dehydration and can aggravate your symptoms.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Follow these measures and they would help you.
User :   I will follow the above listed items. Also can you suggest a medicine for rid of balck patches from my face?
User :   ok thanks.
Doctor :  
If inspite of these measures, you may have to consult a dermatologist.
User :   ok
Doctor :  
For examination for probable infection and if needed antibiotic treatment.
Doctor :  
For black patches, try skin bright cream.
Doctor :  
They are effective in reducing the pigmentation.
Doctor :   Have you followed?
User :   I met a doc.He suggested the same medicine. But I didn't get that medince over here.
Doctor :   What other creams have you used and did any of them help you?
User :   I tried cosmetic creams like fair & handsome but no use. After that I met a doc.
Doctor :  
Ok
User :   I am not getting bright cream in my place. Can you suggest any other medicine?
User :   r u there
Doctor :  
Yes,i
Doctor :  
I am here.
Doctor :  
creams that contain hydroquinone is helpful in reducing the pigmentation.
Doctor :  
I am looking for the best creams.
User :   ok. Thanks
Doctor :  
I shall give you links to one site through which you can avail skin bright cream.
User :   ok. sure
Doctor :  
The link is WWW.WWWW.WW Doctor :  
Alternatively there is another cream that is proved to be effective too.
User :   please share with me.
Doctor :  
They are basically skin whiteners.
Doctor :  
which are effective in reducing the dark spots.
Doctor :  
The link to this is
User :   ok.name of the medicine?
Doctor :  
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You can try the second one, if you are not able to find result with skin bright.
Doctor :  
Skin bright is the best medication of those two.
User :   ok
Doctor :   Do you have any other query that I can assist you with?
User :   no thanks a lot.
Doctor :   Please fill the feed back form too.
Doctor :  
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