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What does a purplish ring around the lips indicate?

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

Detailed Answer:
Hi..,

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...

Thanks.

Dr. Ilyas Patel
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Brief Answer: Peri oral dermatitis most probably Detailed Answer: Hi.., 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... Thanks. Dr. Ilyas Patel