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Dry, itchy lips on using lipstick, swelling, redness in arms, legs. History of chronic allergies. Treatment?

hi this is regarding my allergy problem it has been 1 year by now i cannot use lipstick as whenever i use (whatever brand)it my lips goes dry and itchy........ so i have been using lip balm from past 8-9 months to make it moist. and when it start itchy on my skin may be on upper eyes arms legs , redness appears and it get marks all around (like swollen bruises) please suggest me to get rid out of it regards
Asked On : Sun, 15 Jul 2012
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Allergist and Immunologist 's  Response
Hello Mona,
You may have developed a Type IV hypersensitivity (delayed sensitivity) to chemicals often found in cheap lipsticks but also in expensive ones and patch tests (through a Dermatologist) will help in determining which chemicals you have become allergic to.
Patch tests involve a series of chemicals (in tiny amounts) applied to the back and secured with a tape and remains in contact with skin for 48-72 hrs and then read by a skin specialist. Any redness or blisters around the chemical confirms the allergy.
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General & Family Physician Dr. Muhammad Ishfaq Habib's  Response
hi Mona
the allergy problem you are having is most probably for some sort of chemical used in the formation of lip stick. the better option is to avoid the use of the lipstick and use glycerine for dry lips and lip gloss for normal use. however if you still want to use lipstick in certain functions of festivals then the alternate ways can be to take prophylactic anti allergic drugs and then use the lipstick but try to remove it as soon as you feel the symptoms are developing
Dr. Muhammad Ishfaq Habib
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