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Suggest remedy for dry lips

Hi,
My lips seem to be constantly irritated for the past 3 months. I believe it started as an allergic reaction (I had weeping, crusting, swelling) but now its cheilitis. My lips are often dry and peel frequently. They have red blotches on vermillion boarder.. At times the outline of my lips go red then subside. I tried every cream possible... they all have short-lived effects
HELP PLEASE
Tue, 21 Apr 2015
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Hi,

You seem to have chronic cheilitis.There may be erythema, dryness,mild scaling, fissuring and crusting. You might have mild pain, burning and itching. There may be some cause. Lip licking might exacerbate the disease. Sunrays exposure, cosmetics,lipstiks tooth paste, dusts...etc might be resposible. Vitamin B complex deficiencies,anaemia or nutritional inadequacy might cause the disease...You consult dermatologist for firm diagnosis and perfect treatment of its cause.

Have blood tests to rule out any internal disease or vitamin deficiencies.

You may take folic acid 5 mg thrice a day with iron tab. Antibiotics may be needed if there is secondary bacterial infection. Apply antibitic cream with mild steroid like mometasone. You avoid soap,cosmetics and lipstik for good and fast result. Avoid bad habit of lip licking,if it is there. Do not prick the lip skin with your nails.

You might get good result after few weeks. I hope this would help you in your treatment.

Thanks.

Dr. Ilyas Patel MD
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Suggest remedy for dry lips

Hi, You seem to have chronic cheilitis.There may be erythema, dryness,mild scaling, fissuring and crusting. You might have mild pain, burning and itching. There may be some cause. Lip licking might exacerbate the disease. Sunrays exposure, cosmetics,lipstiks tooth paste, dusts...etc might be resposible. Vitamin B complex deficiencies,anaemia or nutritional inadequacy might cause the disease...You consult dermatologist for firm diagnosis and perfect treatment of its cause. Have blood tests to rule out any internal disease or vitamin deficiencies. You may take folic acid 5 mg thrice a day with iron tab. Antibiotics may be needed if there is secondary bacterial infection. Apply antibitic cream with mild steroid like mometasone. You avoid soap,cosmetics and lipstik for good and fast result. Avoid bad habit of lip licking,if it is there. Do not prick the lip skin with your nails. You might get good result after few weeks. I hope this would help you in your treatment. Thanks. Dr. Ilyas Patel MD