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How to treat the swelling in lips caused by using rusty razor for shaving a peach fuzz?

I used a rusted razor on my upper lip to shave my peach fuzz I have there and the day after it started to really itch around my mouth and then my lips started to peel and dry out more then yesterday i started over applying Chapstick and when I do it would burn everytime. At the same time my lips looked like they were swollen and from then it's getting worse or nothing's changing. I'm trying everything I search like hot/cold compresses, steaming them, putting olive oil on them. I really need the swelling to at least be gone.
Wed, 15 Jan 2014
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Hi,

I can understand your concern for swelling in lips caused by using rusty razor for shaving. It is difficult to make a exact diagnosis of your condition without pictures.

If I were your dermatologist then would have prescribed to apply medium potency steroid cream such as mometasone or fluticasone cream with an antibiotic application such as mupirocin or fucidin. You can take antihistamine benadryl or loratadine by mouth. The only precaution you must follow is not to touch, pinch pop or squeeze any of them other wise it can get infected and can cause complications.

Take care.
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