Is depigmentation on the inner side of the lips a cause for concern?
I had a scab near my mouth following dryness and it fell off and it appears whitish now. My inner upper lip also looks hypo-pigmented. I have had allergies and a sore mouth previously. Doctors seemed uncertain. At the emergency, another doctor told me it could be a viral infection that would go on its own. I had been prescribed anti-allergens and my family doctor gave me an anti-fungal mouthwash also. But the soreness took some time to disappear, and it gradually decreased on its own. Recently my family doctor had a look and told me the hypo-pigmentation does not seem serious and it is most probably due to the skin trauma. I would like to get the opinion of an experienced dermatologist here for the same.
Kindly upload images, please
Hello. Thank you for asking,
I am Dr. Kakkar (Dermatologist and Venereologist). I have noted your concern.
Perhaps you have developed either post inflammatory hyperpigmentation/depigmentation Or lip vitiligo.
I'd request you to kindly upload an image/photograph of the affected area in the "Reports Section" of this web-page so that I am able to confirm and guide you better.
Thank you. I have viewed the images.
I can see that you have depigmentation of the mucous lining/inner side of lips as well as some of the skin at the right side of angle of mouth. This is clearly vitiligo. I suggest you to apply a topical tacrolimus 0.1 %ointment, twice daily. It is a prescription drug.
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