Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
185 Doctors are Online

Upper lips has turned dry and dark, feels numb, peeling causes burning sensation. Is it allergy?

My upper lip became oddly splotchy and seems to be really dry and darker than usual. It feels numb and when I run my tongue or finger over it, it feels spotty. It s been like this for a week now, and I ve tried a few lip balms but it doesn t seem to do anything. Peeling at the dry bits causes some tingling/slight burning sensation. Read some other answers below and I did suspect some mild allergy although I m not sure what it could be and whether an allergy could last more than a week as this has been
Asked On : Sun, 3 Mar 2013
Answers:  2 Views:  1261
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions
Medical Topics
Dermatologist 's  Response
Hi, thanks for posting your query.

You seem to have developed chapped lips or cheilitis, or lip lick dermatitis.

We have a natural tendency to moisten the lips with tongue but the saliva removes the oil from the lips leaving them drier so avoid running the tongue over lips.
Avoid peeling the dry bits.
You may apply a mild steroid cream twice a day for a few days.
Apply a lip balm with UV protection.

Hope this helps you.

Take care
Answered: Fri, 12 Jul 2013
I find this answer helpful

2 Doctors agree with this answer

Dermatologist Dr. Kalpana Pathak's  Response
Thanks for writing to us.
You seem to have developed cheilitis. It could have occured due to lip biting or picking of dry, lip licking, application of any lip balm or lip stick. Sometimes toothpaste or any nutritional deficiency, infection too can induce such lesions.
To treat the same avoid lip licking. Do not try to remove dry dead skin. Apply a mild steroid antibiotic cream for few days. Once the lesins heal use a lip balm with good sun protection factor.
Hope that helped.
Take care
Answered: Thu, 11 Jul 2013
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor