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A 59-year-old male asked:

my dear friend has habit of pursing her lips. md's do not know why. i think it is her newly formed heavy jowls due to aging. the new sensation....?

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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine 24 years experience
PEEP?: Depending how you mean it, if friend has any respiratory disorder, lip-pursing can increase end-expiratory pressure (the -eep of peep), which helps keep alveoli open and improve gas exchange in the lungs. Or, might just feel subconsciously comforting to him/her? Doesn't sound.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
Not a disease: Pursing ones lips is a habit, not a disease.

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