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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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    Chapped lips, black in color, black line on upper and lower lip, peeling. Treatment?

Hai doctor ,im rahul i have chapped lips for almost 13 months my lips were pinkish but now turning black .there is already a black line on my upper and lowerlip,the skin on my lips is peeling very much .its like the peeling is not stopping plse help i already visited 4 dermatologist but have found no cure im utrently using vasaline.plse help
Thu, 9 May 2013
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Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi, Rahul. You are having chelitis. There are many causes. Sunrays,riboflavin deficiency, vitamin B12 deficiency,anaemia, certain drugs like retinol, excessive contact with saliva , allergy by lip balm ,toothpaste ,lipsticks or other cosmetics.. You contact competent dermatologist. Undergo investigative procedures to find out some cause and take treatment accordingly. Do not salivate your lips. keep your lips covered under sun and exposure to wind.Avoid stress and be positive. You will definitely get rid of chelitis... Ok

Dr.Ilyas Patel MD,DVD
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Dermatologist Dr. Kalpana Pathak's  Response
Hi Rahul,
Thanks for writing to us.
You seem to be suffering from cheilitis. This could be due to frequent licking of lips, dry weather, sun damage induced(actinic), nutritional deficiency etc.
To treat the same, use a lip balm with sun protection factor like blistex or neutrogena multiple times in a day. Apply steroid antibiotic cream twice in a day( momoz f cream) till lips becomes normal and then discontinue use. Also take a good nutritious diet and adequate hydration. Avoid licking and peeling dry skin of lips. Avoid smoking too.
Hope that would solve your concern. Take care
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