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I have a cracked corner lip that won't heal. I've tried creams and ointments what can I do?

I have a cracked corner lip that won't heal. I've tried creams and ointments what can I do?

Angular cheilitis: A cracked corner lip is called angular cheilitis in medicine. There are many factors that can contribute to the development of this condition, including dry skin, salivation irritating the area, skin disorder, nutritional deficiency, fungal or bacterial infection. When not healing despite over-the-counter creams and ointments, it's time for you to see a doctor to address the underlying cause. ...Read more

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What can you do to help heal severley cracked lips?

What can you do to help heal severley cracked lips?

Sensiodyne, burts: Brutes bees products with beeswax are helpful. Change toothpaste to sensodyne. Avoid alcohol containing mouthwash- therafresh can help with dry mouth. Also if this is associated with dry mouth co q 10 has been reported to be useful. Moth greatness can have very dry lips so reason for mouth breathing must be addressed. ...Read more

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What can I do for my dry, cracked lips?

What can I do for my dry, cracked lips?

Honey, beeswax: Honey, put it on your lips, go to sleep, wake up and they'll be softer. Beeswax also good at holding moisture. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to cure my chronic, dry cracked lips?

Can you tell me how to cure my chronic, dry cracked lips?

Dry lips: Most people with dry lips seem to lick their lips a lot. Licking the lips makes it worse, so try to stop that habit. And don't pick at them, either.

Try to use a lip balm (like aquaphor healing ointment or vaseline lip therapy) a few times a day. Consider something with an spf as well.

If it's just to corners of the mouth, you may have a fungal infection that needs a prescription cream. ...Read more

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How can I cure my cracked lips and make them look and feel soft?

Many answers: First, if mouth-breathing is the issue especially from a clogged nose, you need to get the nose open so that your lips do not get chapped from processing too much wind. Chipstick after each meal may also be helpful. Be sure you are not allergic to your lipstick. ...Read more

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What is the remedy for cracked lips?

Lip savers: Even though it is quite common to do, try as much as possible not to lick your lips. Instead try something as simple as vaseline. You can also look for an emollient lip balm with a sunscreen. You will need to apply the product often throughout the day. ...Read more

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What's an organic homemade cure for cracked lips?

What's an organic homemade cure for cracked lips?

Honey, beeswax: Honey, put it on your lips, go to sleep, wake up and they'll be softer. Beeswax also good at holding moisture. ...Read more

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My 4year old son has very dry cracked lips all the time. What can it be?

Usually habit: In some kids this is due to lip licking. This is a habit occasionally triggered by chance events, but persisting because the kid is constantly bathing the lips with saliva which can dry the tissue. Your doc can confirm or exclude the label. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for cracked lips?

What is the best treatment for cracked lips?

Moisturize them: Keep them moist with some sort of cream so you won't be temped to lick them. ...Read more

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What is the best treatment for dry cracked lips for toddlers?

What is the best treatment for dry cracked lips for toddlers?

Beeswax: Beeswax would be a better choice. It'll treat the dry cracking lips but is non-toxic if swallowed. ...Read more

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Can you please describe the best ways for getting rid of really chapped/cracked lips?

How long?: You will need to find out if you are allergic or irritated by the products you are using on you lips. You are also more likely to have chapped lips if you lick your lips often or breathe through your mouth most of the time due to nasal congestion. I assume that you have already tried chap stick or its likes etc. Without success. ...Read more

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I eat healthily and drink enough water but I still have really chapped and cracked lips. Why is this?

Licking lips: You are probably licking your lips. This allows them to dry and they continue to get worse. Use a cream to keep moist so you don't need to lick them. ...Read more

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I have dry skin with cracked lips. Is aquaphor better thanvaseline or both have similar effects?

Little difference.: Both are good treatments for dry, cracked lips; just make sure whichever one you use is applied frequently, especially after you lick your lips (which just makes the dryness worse). ...Read more

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My 4 yrs old sons cracked lips are just not healing for over 2 mths now. They get better for 1, 2 days and then again skin comes off. What can I do?

Cracked lips: Try some topical aloe. It also may be helpful to take some flax seed oil and see if that helps the lesion to cure. ...Read more

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My 5 year old has has constant chapped/cracked lips for a month now. We have been very diligent about keeping chapstick on him, not helping. Ideas?

Vaseline: You might want to try switching to a vaseline based lip moisturizer that's softer than chapstick. Even plain vaseline or aquaphor might be helpful. Make sure your son drinks plenty of fluids. Does he lick his lips? This will make it difficult to control chapped lips and, if he does, this might need to be addressed. Good luck! ...Read more

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I have heard that cracked lips might be angular cheilitis. Can someone explain treatment?

I have heard that cracked lips might be angular cheilitis. Can someone explain treatment?

Chelitis: Many conditions and factors can precipitate transient or chronic cheilitis, including overexposure to the sun, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, medications, dehydration, diet and certain systemic diseases. Transient cheilitis typically requires no medical intervention. Treatment for chronic cheilitis depends on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Sir I have cracked lips. I used vaseline petroleum jelly. But it didn't work. Now I have physiogel lotion. Can I use on lips?

Sir I have cracked lips. I used vaseline petroleum jelly. But it didn't work. Now I have physiogel lotion. Can I use on lips?

Check with MD: How long have you had dry lips for and for how long have you been using petroleum jelly? There are many causes of dry lips including but not limited to: dry or cold weather, sun damage, wind exposure, dehydration, spicy foods, allergies, smoking, fungal infections, vitamin deficiencies, side effects of medications and some skin disorders, and some medical conditions. Check with dermatologist. ...Read more

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Do cracked lips later turn into a cold sore?

Depends.: Cracked lips alone probably would not turn into a cold sore. However if the cracked lip is the result of a sun burn, then this would likely trigger a cold sore. ...Read more

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Can I use vaseline instead of chap stick on my 4 yrs old son's repeatedly cracked lips? Is it safe as he will lick some of it in?

Yes: Chapsticks contain vaseline too. It might be called petrolatum but that's what it is. The small quantities that you would put on the lips should not cause any harm even if ingested. ...Read more

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Cracked lips is the problem I am facing.....I am using lip balm and vitamin capsules but there is no use....please suggest a solution. ..

Cracked lips is the problem I am facing.....I am using lip balm and vitamin capsules but there is no use....please suggest a solution. ..

Some suggestions: First of all make sure that you are not licking your lips as this dries them out even more. Keep lip balm on them at all times and try these more therapeutic types of lip balm, Kiehl's Lip Balm #1 or Aquaphor Healing Ointment. Next make sure that you are drinking adequate water, at least 48 oz per day and more is better. Try to minimize caffeinated beverages. Avoid alcohol and tobacco. ...Read more

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My child lips have started as cracked lips in the corner, now it looks like something that is spreading around the mouth. What can I put on?

Dig deeper first: Cracked lips may not be as benign as one would think. It could signal a nutritional deficiency. Make sure that his/her diet is adequately balanced first, thus treating the cause. ...Read more

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Inside my nose is so dry and cracked it hurts n bleeds like dry cracked lips do. I keep using saline seems to get driee fast what will helo better? I

Inside my nose is so dry and cracked it hurts n bleeds like dry cracked lips do. I keep using saline seems to get driee fast what will helo better? I

Vitamin E gel or oil: Vitamin E is not water -based, so it won't evaporate as fast as saline. You can put vitamin E oil in your nose with a Q tip or little finger, or buy the yellow transparent gel caps, poke a hole in one end with a pin, and squirt half in each nostril. You don't have to do anything further because your body temperature will melt the gel and it'll spread evenly throughout your nose ...Read more

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I have cracked lips since 3 weeks due to medicin name oratane for acne. I am using vaseline but its not working?

I have cracked lips since 3 weeks due to medicin name oratane for acne. I am using vaseline but its not working?

Sensitive lips: Oratane is a retinoid which increases epithelial cell turnover to help acne. On your lips, this rapid turnover means your lips get drier and chapped. You can continue to use moisturizer on the lips if the rest of your acne is better, or you can stop oratane and substitute with a topical retinoid cream on the acne avoiding the lips so they are not as affected. Best of luck to you. ...Read more

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Cracked Lips, when I started eating my lips started bleeding, got about 4 small drips of blood on burrito, I'm scared for aids. I am not HIV positive?

Cracked Lips, when I started eating my lips started bleeding, got about 4 small drips of blood on burrito, I'm scared for aids. I am not HIV positive?

Will not cause HIV: What you described does not put you at any risk of HIV. Use lip balm available over the counter. Just to be safe, take a multivitamin daily, in case the lip dryness is due to vitamin B deficiency. ...Read more

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Why people with runny nose tend to have cracked lips?

Why people with runny nose tend to have cracked lips?

They do?: People battling the common cold will be dehydrated, so that could explain your observation. Some people with allergies also have eczema, and may have dry, flakey skin. ...Read more

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My 4yr old has really dry cracked lips and little white spots on her tongue and gums and a oral temp of 102.2 I first saw it with my 1yr bout a week.

My 4yr old has really dry cracked lips and little white spots on her tongue and gums and a oral temp of 102.2 I first saw it with my 1yr bout a week.

Viral infection: When more than two members of a family fall sick one after the other with similar symptoms, it is usually due to a common virus which runs its course in due time. ...Read more

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I have dark brown spots on my lips both upper and lower lip due to excessive lip biting dry cracked lips & licking. How to get my pink lips back?

I have dark brown spots on my lips both upper and lower lip due to excessive lip biting dry cracked lips & licking. How to get my pink lips back?

Peutz-Jeghers Synd?: Dark brown spots on the lips may be the first manifestation of peutz-jehgers syndrome. While the spots are benign, the dangerous association is with polyps in the gastrointestinal tract that can become cancerous. A family history may help sort out the diagnosis. Lip biting, chapped lips and licking will not cause these melanotic macules. See a dermatologist, and have a colonoscopy. ...Read more

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4 yrs old son has severly dry cracked lips bleeding now. Olive oil and kids chap stick not helping. Can I use glycerin or any other suggestion please.

4 yrs old son has severly dry cracked lips bleeding now. Olive oil and kids chap stick not helping. Can I use glycerin or any other suggestion please.

Mgt: I would recommend keeping your son well hydrated. Sometimes dry lips may indicate dehydration.
If he is otherwise well, the chapstick without any oil can be continued until healed. If the area is infected, antibiotics may be prescribed by your PCP. ...Read more