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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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Excellent Posted in: Pigmentation Problems
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Practicing since : 2004
Answered : 40 Questions
User :   dermatology... i'm getting this pigmentation at the corners of my lips. can u suggest me some cure?
User :   How long have you had it?
User :   it's been a week
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   r u thr?
User :   yes
ok it's been one or two weeks
Doctor :   hi again xxxxx
Doctor :   Can you tell me how it started?
Doctor :   did you have any itching/ pain before the pigmentation started?
Doctor :   cracks in the skin/ or any other problems
Doctor :   r u thr/
User :   there hasn't been any itching or pain
Doctor :   ok
User :   cracks as in may be because of the cold weather
the skin got dried out a bit
Doctor :   when you say you have pigmentation - could you clarify if it is darker than the rest of your skin/ or lighter
User :   it is darker
Doctor :   have you ever had this problem before?
User :   it's a bit dark around one corner of the lip
Doctor :   ok
User :   yeah i had pigmentation problem around my chin before
User :   i went to a dermatologist then
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what did he tell you/ what medication did he give you?
User :   he gave me some ointment which reduced the pigmentation then
Doctor :   ok
User :   it's almost a year since i went, so don't remember the medication
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   do you remeber what his diagnosis was?
Doctor :   how old are you?
User :   sorry, but i don't remeber the diagnosis now
User :   i'm 22 years old
Doctor :   thsts alright
User :   the last time i got pigmentation, it used to spread
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   are you sigle/married?
User :   single
Doctor :   Are you currently taking any medication for any other problem?
User :   can u help me with some medication here?
Doctor :   yes
User :   no, i'm not taking any medication now
Doctor :   From what you've told me
Doctor :   you seem to have a condition called melasma
Doctor :   which gets worse when you go out to sunlight
Doctor :   you have to use a sun screen regularly
Doctor :   as exposure to sunlight can increase it
User :   ok
Doctor :   for the trt of the pigmentation that has already appeared- you should see a dermatologist
User :   ok
Doctor :   who will be able to confirm the diagnosis and give you a oint
Doctor :   you need a prescription for that medicine
Doctor :   as it is not an OTC
User :   ok
User :   is there a reason or cause that it appears? like in fection etc
Doctor :   Is there anything else I can help you with ?
Doctor :   sorry
Doctor :   dark pigmentation is usually
Doctor :   due to exposure to sunlight
Doctor :   once it starts further exposure makes it worse
Doctor :   so you have to be very careful
Doctor :   and alwys protect yourself from the sun
User :   ok
User :   thanks for the advice
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   have XXXXXXXX day and thank you
Doctor :   for consulting health care magic
Doctor :   bye
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