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What does a purplish ring around the lips indicate?

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Dr. Ilyas Patel


Practicing since :1982

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Posted on Fri, 27 Jul 2018 in Skin Hair and Nails
Question: 11yo daughter has purplish ring around her lips. No swelling, no pain, lips are normal color.
Answered by Dr. Ilyas Patel 1 hour later
Brief Answer:
Peri oral dermatitis most probably

Detailed Answer:

Welcome to HCM...

I read history and saw the photo.. it seems that most probably your daughter may be having lip licker dermatitis... also called peri oral dermatitis. It is a contact irritant dermatitis due to saliva by repetitive lip licking.

I would suggest..

- generous application of bland emollient...
- stop lip licking
- apply topical steroid if needed

I hope this would help you...


Dr. Ilyas Patel
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