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Carmex Warnings And Recalls
Yes: If they have herpes, you can get it.
Nope: Keeping the area moisturized is actually good.
5- 7 days: 5-7 days.Get a more detailed answer ›
My lips are always chapped, I use lip balm all the time. I have tried many kinds. Any suggestions?
Borofax: Don't know if you can find it anymore, but in my dental practice I use borofax which is a lip cream that includes boric acid and lanolin and keeps lips moist for hours. Originally made by burroughs-welcome, inc.
Used carmex on my lips and accidentally licked it off without realizing. Will this hurt me since I consumed it?
No: The makers of lip medications know that patients will lick some of the medication off.
My lips centre suddenly gone white and corner are very black. I used lip balm later I got into this problem, now its looks ugly.: (..
What did you apply?: I suspect an allergy to something in the lip bam. Parabense are often to blame.
I use carmex and chapstick but I constantly get chapped lips daily. I keep it under control with the chapstick but i'd like for them to heal, anyideas?
May be lip eczema: Persistent chapped lips can be lip eczema, which may be treated like skin eczema, using Hydrocortisone cream (twice a day for 1 week) plus vaseline or aquaphor to retain moisture. Sometimes lip balm or lip sunscreen chemicals cause an allergic reaction. Other times, a person is a primary lip-licker (it's his habit). Once cracked, lips get irritated by routine foods and juices. A doctor can help.
Cold sores: You can never completely get rid of cold sores. The virus lives inside your body and they surface whenever your body goes under stress, whether its extreme cold or emotional stress. Most over the counter medication claim to reduce the duration of the sore which is normally around 7 days. There are also proscription medication which are given in more severe outbreaks.See 5 more doctor answers
Lip balm: NoGet a more detailed answer ›
Worse: The most pain is in the middle of the cold sore so 5-7 days from outbreak of cold sore.
Yes but: I presume you meant atopic dermatitis or eczema. The major issue is a porous skin surface causing rapid water loss from the skin and making it easier for potential allergens to enter through it. Thus applying a good moisturizer within 3 minutes after bathing is important because this will help trap more water in your skin layer. Moisturizers I prefer include cerave, ulactin, or vanicream.
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 are to stay out of the sun and avoid wind burn. You would be amazed at how drying the wind is to skin and lips.
Herpes: The only true and valid way to diagnose herpes is to have the herpes blood test.
Cold Sore: It will not hurt or help however unless you put it on your finger you will contaminate the stick or jar and then it needs to be dumped. Cold sores heal in 7-10 days by themselves or you may buy an otc drug like abreva which will shorten the time to heal. You can get an rx for zovirax (acyclovir) but it is expensive.