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I Am Getting White Patches Inside My Mouth From Lip Biting
Don't bite: In all seriousness it could be related to the biting, but other things need to be considered. A dermatologist dentist or ENT physician might help clarify. ...Read more
Mouth (mouth) " n. Pl. Mouths 1. A. The body opening through which an animal takes in food. B. The cavity lying at the upper end of the alimentary canal, bounded on the outside by the lips and inside by the oropharynx and containing in higher vertebrates the tongue, gums, and teeth. C. This cavity regarded as the source of sounds and speech. D. The opening to any cavity or canal ...Read more
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
See your dentist: Have your dentist see you to check your bite. Maybe your bite may need adjusting so you won't bite your lip. Is this a habit you have? Is this something that started happening recently? ...Read more
Difficult!: Nail biting is a very difficult habit to break. One thing you could do is have your child keep his hands covered with gloves to break the cycle of nail biting. Gently removing the childs fingers from their mouth each time you notice them biting is another method. In pharmacies, if you can find it, is nail biters liquid. This is a very bitter liquid painted on to the nails, and discourages biting. ...Read more
Can tmj+frequent lip/inside lip biting habit cause slight tingling in lips? No other symptoms, just mild lip tingling off and on.
A little of both...: Intra-oral biting can be strictly conscious, strictly compulsive or a combination. In any of these cases it could be construed as both dermatophagia and self-injury in varying degrees as technically dermatophagia is self-injury even though it is classified as form of (obsessive-compulsive) disorder. Don't confuse this with accidental intra-oral bites which may be self or externally inflicted. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Why/How?: A nervous habit? Stop! or is a tooth out of allignment causing you to accidentally bite your lip? Maybe orthodontics would help. If you already have a lump or bump of scarred, bitten-on tissue, it may get in the way and be traumatized further. Removing this excess tissue will help. Just be careful the same process doesn't just start all over again. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes & yes...: Intra-oral biting can be strictly conscious, strictly compulsive or a combination. It could be classified as dermatophagia, or self-injury in varying degrees. It could also be accidental, inflicted internally or externally. In any case it results in an injury of some degree. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
See a psychiatrist.: Some people have compulsive or impulsive behaviors that result in self-injury. Sometimes there is an irresistible urge or tension that is relieved temporarily when one engages in these acts. You may have an underlying, untreated anxiety disorder. Naltrexone can help to lessen the rewarding effects of self-injury. See a psychiatrist. See a dentist for an exam & tx of the lesions in your mouth. ...Read more
BFRBs & Anxiety: Lip biting is a body-focused repetitive behavior (bfrb) - like hair pulling & nail biting. Bfrbs can arise in response to (a) emotions (anxiety, fear, boredom, excitement); &/or (b) sensing rough areas skin (like cracked skin on lips). Bfrbs can feel pleasurable & can serve 2 relieve tension. Effective behavioral treatments available. A clinical psychologist who specializes in bfrbs can help. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Yes: Lip biting can cause mucoceles which are whitish blue fluid filled lesions. They are from damaged minor salivary glands and ducts in the lip. Sometimes you can get firm lesions which are called fibromas which are basically scar tissue. Mucoceles can enlarge, burst then return. The only way to get rid of them is to remove the damaged gland tissue and duct. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can cause cysts: The most common problem that we see in lip biters is the formation of something called mucoceles. These are little mucus filled cysts that occur in lips and have to be removed surgically. ...Read more
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