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A 46-year-old male asked:
Dr. Terry Edwards
25 years experience in Family Medicine
Hydrate: for most people keeping hydrated improves chapped lips, some would advise against petrolium products and chapstick and rec olive oil. sounds strange b ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Shokri Wahib
28 years experience in Dentistry
Dehydration: One common cause is dehydration.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ronda Alexander
18 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Moisturize: You need to hydrate your lips from the inside. Focus on drinking water as your primary beverage and apply balm to your lips daily. Make sure that li ... Read More
A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. SCOTT HARWOOD
44 years experience in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Lip Balm: Chapped lips is caused by the evaporation of moisture which leaves them dry and cracked. This can be caused by cold weather, wind, sun, mouth breathin ... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Green
8 years experience in Dentistry
Food allergy: Most likely an allergy to something you have had in your mouth such as food, toothpaste , mouthrinse, gum, etc.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Ray Tidman
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Is this a change: Look under eye lids, are they pale also? This could be anemia, a simple blood test will confirm, then why meeds to be found.
A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. Thomas Fiala
32 years experience in Plastic Surgery
Not necessarily: Chapped lips may be a sign of mouth-breathing, as happens when you have a cold. They could be a result of sun exposure or wind burn. They could be a ... Read More
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A 39-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Despain
36 years experience in Dermatology
Dry lips: You'll have to apply something to hydrate dry chapped lips. Aquafor ointment or petrolatum are cost effective. Also, stop anything that may be contrib ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. James Cunnar
26 years experience in Family Medicine
Stop licking: Really, using a barrier such as vaseline or chapstick is important, but the most important thing you can do is to not lick your lips. Other things ar ... Read More
A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Anthony Leazzo
22 years experience in Family Medicine
Hydrating lip: Bams, occasionally steroid topical creams and if too severe for those choices, a dermatologist will have further suggestions.
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A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Eckelson
49 years experience in Dentistry
Possibly: I use lip balm to prevent blisters as i seem to have a virus that goes nuts with a cracked lip after sun exposure. One can be allergic to one or more ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Luis Villaplana
34 years experience in Internal Medicine
Vaseline, vitamin E,: Aloe with e and c, udder cream, and any of the above with spf 15.
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A 36-year-old male asked:
Dr. Donald Rollofson
44 years experience in Dentistry
Ask your physician: The mouth is a very good judge of your overall health. Changes in salivary flow can be local or systemic but are always worth a thorough evaluation ... Read More
A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. Patricia Murphy
39 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Not likely: This is called Chelitis and is usually caused from Riboflavin deficiency. Are you Vegan ? Mouth heals beautifully because of wonderful blood supply. ... Read More
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Lockhart
8 years experience in Dentistry
Borofax: Not sure that it is still made, but i had good success with borofax because it contains lanolin and keeps the lips moist once applied.
A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Affleck
29 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: And it can get worse if you try to lick your lips to moisten your lips. Use medicated lip balm or even vaseline to remedy the problem.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Jackson
42 years experience in Dermatology
See See derm: See dermatologist for evaluation. You probably have allergy to lip balm or true eczema. Usually Hydrocortisone will control this.
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A 55-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Bader
26 years experience in Dermatology
Peeling lips: There are several reasons to have peeling lips. Irritation or allergy from lip balms or lipstick is common. Avoid these products until resolved. 1% Hy ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Bradley Younggren
21 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Over the Counter: Over the counter remedies are usually sufficient. Part of it is personal preference, but if any of these seem not to improve things in a week perhaps ... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. Richard Zimon
58 years experience in Internal Medicine
Herpes???: Herpes I virus may cause rash at the BORDER between the lip and the chin (Under lip) Just a thought Hope it helps! DR Z
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A 34-year-old male asked:
Dr. Nicole Bressler
8 years experience in Emergency Medicine
Stay hydrated!: Chapped lips can be caused by not getting enough water. It is important to stay hydrated. Lip balm can also help, and is good for protecting lips agai ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Richard Bensinger
51 years experience in Ophthalmology
Topical moisteners: Cahpped lips are dry and lack water/oil on the surface. There are many otc preparations such as carmex and chapstick which are quite effective. It m ... Read More
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A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Blue lips: Most commonly, blue lips are caused by a lack of oxygen in the blood. This may happen when you are at high altitude or if you are choking, or it may b ... Read More
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A 37-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
46 years experience in Radiology
No: No relationship.
A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ray Tidman
37 years experience in Family Medicine
Habit: Are you "licking" your lips, because they are sore. This strips off skin oils and promotes irritants. A constant use of a vapor barrier, for a few da ... Read More
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A 49-year-old member asked:
Dr. Sandra Eleczko
35 years experience in Dentistry
Mouth breather: Are you a mouth breather? This can make your mouth and throat very dry. Your doctor can evaluate you for sinus blockage, allergies, deviated septum. ... Read More
A 54-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Berger
40 years experience in Dermatology
Yes: Yes also look for dr. Dan's which is chapstick with a mild Hydrocortisone in it, and is otc, try vitamin E 1000 iu once/twice day.
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. William Lewis
50 years experience in ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Many causes: May need better hydration, can be a side effect of medication. Would have an otlaryngologist check you. Can drink more water and use a lip balm.
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Michael Fisher
31 years experience in Dermatology
Chelitis: Lip-licking cheilitis is best treated with avoidance of the licking behavior. Drug-induced cheilitis is treated with avoidance of the offending drug, ... Read More

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