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Cracked Lips Won T Heal
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What can I do for my dry, cracked lips? I normally use burt's bees, but it doesn't heal the lips and I have to keep applying. Chapstick doesn't work.
Carmex: Try carmex. It works well and lasts longer/heals better than other options. ...Read more
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
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
Beeswax: Beeswax would be a better choice. It'll treat the dry cracking lips but is non-toxic if swallowed. ...Read more
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
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
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?
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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
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