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A 41-year-old female asked:

My daughter (11) has small red bumps resembling pimples on her upper lip. she says theyre itchy. yesterday there was one - this morning 7. we are traveling in egypt, using spf50 sunscreen. air very dry. anything to worry about?

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Dr. Rebecca Gliksman
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Lip bumps: May be herpetic or perioral dermatitis. For herpes use acyclovir and avoid sun as that exacerbates . Do not touch herpetic lesions directly as they are contagious. Wash hands immediately and do not rub eyes. Or may be perioral dermatitis / impetigo that needs antibiotics either topical or oral - dry weather / sun can worsen it. DO NOT use hydrocortisone f/u /w/ doc before trip.
Dr. Paul Rogers
Adolescent Medicine 51 years experience
Possible allergy: 15% of kids develop an allergy to sunscreens. Would try a hypoallergenic sunscreen and if not better would recommend doctor assessment

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