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Lip Lickers Ring Around The Mouth
I've been having a recurring redness around the mouth, swelling of the lips in the morning, every thing red iches, cracked skin in the corners of the mouth, it's like a red ring around the mouth to my nose and to the bottom of my chin I've tried many thin
Sensitive skin: It may help to discuss with a physician because a lot of questions come to mind that would help differentiate possible causes. A common situation is contact sensitivity often to cosmetics or lip products, especially if there are fragrances or plant extracts contained in the products. Try avoiding these and take care to moisturize to promote healing (using frangrance/additive free product). ...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
What would you recommend for extremely dry, cracked lips with a red ring around the mouth. Been this way for 6 months and used doxycycline and elidel (pimecrolimus).
Lip dryness: First you need to stop using all topical stuff on your lips, such as lip balm, lipstick, etc. It can be a contact dermatitis. I would only use vaseline and Elidel (pimecrolimus) twice a day. Do you have skin rashes anywhere else? If so, seek the opinion of an allergist to find out the cause of your problem. ...Read more
Causes of dryness around the mouth? Note, the lips are not chapped and the dryness is only around the mouth.
Perioral Dermatitis: Shingles does not occur around the mouth but perioral dermatitis does. Perioral dermatitis is a skin disorder in which tiny red bumps form around the mouth and is considered a form of acne and is more common in women. Sodium sulfacetamide works well for this condition. Sometimes oral antibiotics are needed. ...Read more
What could be the cause to sudden inflammation of lips and the area around the mouth. I've had it for 3 months and I have no pain and no other blemish?
I have tiny little bumps on my lips and at the corner of my mouth its painful when I lick the corners, how can I get rid of it? Or what is it?
Could be...: Caused by many different things: "Angular chelitis" can be due to yeast, bacteria, viruses, vitamin deficiency, dry lips, autoimmune disease, or just irregularities with the anatomy of the corners of your mouth. I would start with a good emollient like Lubriderm or Cetaphil cream, take a vitamin B complex supplement, and if there is no improvement in a few days, see doc to rule out infection. ...Read more
White bumps near the corner of my mouth and on my top lips. Is this angular cheilitis? It feels sore when I lick it with my tongue
I used baby orajel on my tongue and it caused my mouth to swell and its hard to smile, move my lips and to lick my lips. Should I call the doctor?
Metallic/sour taste in mouth, licking lips is worse. Why is this, and what causes it? I have had problems w/acid lately and ibs.
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?
I am hoping someone can help I put on blistix and some got in my mouth so I may have swallowed a bit by licking my lips what should I do is it harmful?
Blistex: What you describe is quite common and should not be of any concern. Don't use excessively, you only need a minimal amount on area. ...Read more
What are some common allergens that trigger contact dermatitis around the mouth and lips? Goes away with baking soda. It appears like flaky skin.
I get ingrown acne around the mouth. I can't see the head of it. It makes my lips swell and it ruins my whole day : (. Its been like this for many yrs?
Suffrered frm Perioral dermatitis 2 years back. Now better but sometimes my lips swell and insides of my mouth is raw nd red nd burns nd sometimes itch?
See physician: This is not normal. You should see your primary care physician but an allergist, dermatologist, or dentist may also be recommended ...Read more
I keep having bad acne just around my lips and below my nose. What could this be? History of acne, but at 27 now just around the mouth.
Perioral Dermatitis: Perioral dermatitis (pod) is a chronic papulopustular and eczematous facial dermatitis. It mostly occurs in women and children.The clinical and histologic features of the perioral dermatitis lesions resemble those of rosacea. Patients require systemic and/or topical treatment, an evaluation of the underlying factors, and reassurance. ...Read more
Suffered from perioral dermatitis 2 years back. Now the area around my mouth has become dark in color. Hair growth around lips due to miconazole. Help?
Alternate topical: Sounds like the hair growth and darkening may be partly due to side effect of miconazole. Need to see your derm doc to see if the original cause for using myconazole is gone and therefore, no need to continue or else seek alternate non steroidal modes. ...Read more
If you have a scabbed cold sore on your lip, is it safe to shave around the mouth? Or if you cut yourself shaving, will that area get infected?
Scabbed sores9dry crust) usually are no longer active. Is in the blistering stage that the viral particles can spread.
So it might be safe to shave if you absolutely have to. ...Read more
Can spastic chronically tight muscles on the neck and jaw area cause referred pain around the mouth, lips, nose?
Can be referred pain: But Need more information. There can be other causes of these symptoms and this needs to be evaluated. Ask you physician to have you see a rheumatologist. ...Read more
There is a rough patch on my top lip and I feel it when I lick my top lip. It won't go away. My top lip feels and looks so weird now. What should I do?
If not a cold sore..: Some roughness and mild redness on a lip 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 can get irritated by routine foods and juices. ...Read more
Chapped lip: If you are talking about licking the skin it may be chapped try a lip balm. I notice you are from jamaica and it may just be chapped. If it is inside the lip it could be from a burn, or a peeling of the surface layer of the mucosa. In either case, most mouth sores resolve in a few days if they are due to trauma. If present more than a week have it checked by a dentist ...Read more
Please see: Please see your dermatologist for evaluation and to discuss treatment options. You probably have a irritant cheilitis. ...Read more
What is causing my constant chapped lips? It is usually just my bottom lip. I don't lick my lips!
I had a small skin colored dry patch on my lip. It peeled and now it's darker. No fluid came from it. It burns a little when I lick it. What is it?
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Black spots marks on lower lip lips always dry and I drink a lot of fizzy drinks as well and smoke just wondering what these could be I lick my lips?
Smoking, caffeine..: Smoking, high caffeine consumption, constantly biting and licking lips, too much sun exposure, eating hot foods, changes in hormone levels, high levels of iron, and vitamin B 12 deficiency are the most common causes of this uncommon condition. As you already admit to being a smoker, drinking a lot of caffeine, and licking your lips a lot, I would guess these are causing the black spots. ...Read more
Helpmy lips have been raw burning on the top lip for almost a week lips starting to burn like their both raw? Some blood I lick my lips lot is this y?
Possibly.: "Chapped lips" (cheilitis) may be due to constant licking; simply applying vaseline several times daily might clear it. Less common causes include inflammatory skin conditions and allergic reactions, one of which is angioedema which can be an allergy to a drug or medication. A steroid cream can alleviated contact allergies; however, angioedema requires the discontinuation of the offending drug. ...Read more
Hard to tell...: If you are a runner or engage in activities that make you sweat, you may notice a 'salt mark' around your lips where you did not lick off the sweat. If you have significantly heavy amount of bacteria, or plaque, it may leave a trace on your lips. You may find an answer specific to your condition once you see a dentist. ...Read more
I have 4 painless white bumps on my upper lip after chapped lips and lip licking. Should I worry?
Fordyce Spots: Fordyce spots are normal large, superficial sebaceous (oil-producing) glands seen on the moist tissue that lines some organs and body cavities (mucosal surfaces). The "spots" are asymptomatic and can be found on the head of the penis, the inner foreskin, and, most commonly, at the border of the lips. ...Read more
How do I stop my bottom lip from peeling? I haven't been licking my lips and they are not stinging or hurting like they usually do when dry.
Still try: A lip moisturizer likes Burt's bees wax or something gentle ...Read more
I've had a very chapped upper lip for about 8 wks. I'm not licking, it's a reaction to something - not using products. Can allergies present this way?
Allergy or irritants: Persistent dry lips may be lip eczema, which can be treated like skin eczema, using hydrocortisone cream plus Vaseline or Aquaphor to retain moisture. Sometimes, lipsticks or lip sunscreen chemicals are causing an allergic reaction on the lips. Other times, a person is a primary lip-licker (it's a habit). If dry lips crack, they can get irritated by foods or juices. A doctor can sort things out. ...Read more
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