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A 24-year-old female asked:

My lips are severely dry and chapped. no ointment i have used is helping. what is the next step? i have used aquaphor, vaseline, and vaniply

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Lip allergy & eczema: Persistent chapped lips is 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). Once cracked, lips get irritated by routine foods and juices. Hydrocortisone for 1 wk helps.
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