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A 17-year-old male asked:

I have a numb and dry upper lip for 3 days. my upper lip is smooth, no chaps or flakes. but it's dry and very numb. please help. lower lip is fine.

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
May be lip eczema: Persistent dry lips may be lip eczema, which can be treated like skin eczema, using hydrocortisone cream plus Vaseline or Aquaphor to retain moisture. Sometimes, lipsticks or lip sunscreen chemicals are causing an allergic reaction on the lips. Other times, a person is a primary lip-licker (it's his habit). If dry lips crack, they can get irritated by foods or juices. A doctor can sort things out.

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Last updated Jan 10, 2017

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