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Swollen, dry, cracked lips for 4 days now. I have tried Benadryl in case it was an allergic reaction and I tried abreva in case it was a cold sore. No?

Swollen, dry, cracked lips for 4 days now. I have tried Benadryl in case it was an allergic reaction and I tried abreva in case it was a cold sore. No?

Remember the basics: Have you also been using a lip balm like vaseline or chapstick? If your entire lips are dry and cracked, and you are feeling healthy otherwise, my first guess would be simple chapped lips.

If moisturizers are not helpful, and especially if you are having symptoms like fevers and an extremely dry mouth, dry eyes, or other whole-body symptoms, please follow-up in person. ...Read more

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Red rimmed lips. Tiny bumps near edge of lips and on lip. But near the edge. Not tingly or itching. But my lips feel dry. Doesn't look like sore.

Red rimmed lips. Tiny bumps near edge of lips and on lip. But near the edge. Not tingly or itching. But my lips feel dry. Doesn't look like sore.

Fordyce spots: If these spots are very small and don't bother you at all they are likely Fordyce spots. These are actually normal oil glands which, for reasons of individual variation in pigmentation and skin thickness, are more visible. They should generally be left alone, as picking at them may result in scarring, inflammation, or infection and will not remove them permanently. ...Read more

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The corners of my mouth have been cracked for over 3 weeks. It's dry and sore and only getting worse even though I've been putting vasaline on constantly. What's causing this??

The corners of my mouth have been cracked for over 3 weeks. It's dry and sore and only getting worse even though I've been putting vasaline on constantly. What's causing this??

Angular cheilitis: Symptoms sound like angular cheilitis: acute or chronic inflammation of the skin located at the angles of the mouth. Lesions are often bilateral and may be painful. Caused by excessive moisture from saliva with possible with C. albicans or, less commonly, S. aureus. Encourage better oral hygiene and see PCP for symptoms refractory to Vaseline therapy. Might need anti-fungal or mupirocin ointment. ...Read more

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Dry red skin round nasal area and lips, sore at times and dry skin lotion not helping?

Dry red skin round nasal area and lips, sore at times and dry skin lotion not helping?

Atopic dermatitis : This could be atopic dermatitis. Over the counter lowest strength Hydrocortisone cream for a week might help , not longer than that. Can cause skin thinning as a side effect. ...Read more

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Dry, red skin over upper lip. crusts over& drys out& flakes. not a cold sore or impitego. started out as chapped lips& has been there for 2 months ?

Dry, red skin over upper lip. crusts over& drys out& flakes. not a cold sore or impitego. started out as chapped lips& has been there for 2 months
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Get it looked at: you need someone to look at it to diagnose it. How do you know it isn't a cold sore, impetigo, or something else? Answer: have a physician look at it. ...Read more

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Red part of lip, and itchy!!! Never had a cold sore, could i have one now? No blisters but dry lips! Not swollen

Red part of lip, and itchy!!! Never had a cold sore, could i have one now? No blisters but dry lips! Not swollen

No: A "cold sore", herpes simplex type 1, will evolve from tingling to tiny blister to raw spot to scab. Heals in 1 or 2 weeks. For dry, irritated lips, try chapstick, vaseline, Aquaphor, etc. Apply several times a day. Avoid licking and rubbing. ...Read more

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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).

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

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This month a day before my period was due I started spotting brownish red and pink for five days with very little blood on my pad all when I wiped on the tissue my breasts are sore and im tired and hungry all the time with dry chap lips?

This month a day before my period was due I started spotting brownish red and pink for five days with very little blood on my pad all when I wiped on the tissue my breasts are sore and im tired and hungry all the time with dry chap lips?

Doctor can evaluate: There are many reasons to be tired, quite a few reasons to be hungry, and several reasons for sore breasts. A primary care doctor can evaluate to see what might be happening. There could be a hormonal problem, and the doctor can do a urine pregnancy test to rule that out. Other tests, such as blood tests, can help look for causes of hunger and fatigue. ...Read more

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I think I have angular stomatosis. My sides of the lips are always cracked and sore. They are not herpes related sores. What does this mean?

I think I have angular stomatosis. My sides of the lips are always cracked and sore. They are not herpes related sores. What does this mean?

Angular Chelitis: Angular cheilitis is an inflammatory condition that occurs in 1 or both angles of the mouth. This typically presents with erythema, painful cracking, scaling, bleeding, and ulceration at the corners of the mouth. Angular cheilitis can occur spontaneously but more often develops in those who wear oral dentures and appliances, those who are required to wear masks. Treatment is with mycolog ii. ...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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Behind both ear redness sore crack what is it how to treat it tried all lotions ?

Behind both ear redness sore crack  what is it how to treat it tried all lotions
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Likely ringworm: It is likely to be a fungus infection like ringworm or athlete's foot, but it happens behind the ears. Get medicine for athlete's foot (lotrimin (clotrimazole) is one, there are several others). Apply a little of the cream to the area and rub it in twice a day and it should clear in 3-5 days. Use the cream again at the first sign of the rash coming back. ...Read more

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My 5yr old is loosing weight she weighs 18.6kg. She had the flu 2 weeks ago! she also has a crack/ sore on the side of her lips?

My 5yr old is loosing weight she weighs 18.6kg. She had the flu 2 weeks ago! she also has a crack/ sore on the side of her lips?

Weight loss: She has lost weight because of the flu and the sore on the side of her lip. Things should improve once she is well. You can get the hi-calorie drinks available from ross laboratories or mead johnson. ...Read more

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I have one tiny whitish sore on the inside of my lip. It's pretty small with a some redness around it. It's sort of painful. Canker sore or herpes?

I have one tiny whitish sore on the inside of my lip. It's pretty small with a some redness around it. It's sort of painful. Canker sore or herpes?

Canker sore: A canker sore is a painful, open sore in the mouth. Canker sores are white or yellow and surrounded by a bright red area. They are not cancerous.

A canker sore is not the same as a fever blister (cold sore). ...Read more

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2 month ago I got herpes cold sore on my lip 1 month ago it seemed to heal but redness remains & it has slowly better Am I still contagious?Can I kiss

2 month ago I got herpes cold sore on my lip
1 month ago it seemed to heal but redness remains & it has slowly better Am I still contagious?Can I kiss

OK to kiss: Slightly contagious when no sore is present. Relax. Most people already have it without any symptoms. So the person you kiss already has it or will get it anyway. Do not kiss kids with active eczema or people with diseases of disordered immunity. The color will soon be normal. Valacyclovir and acyclovir prescription pills are very effective to treat or prevent attacks. Attacks may come from sun ...Read more

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If smoking after some1 with HiV can u contract if say I bite my tounge so I have a sore and the other persons lip is cracked So they have a sore too??

If smoking after some1 with HiV can u contract if say I bite my tounge so I have a sore and the other persons lip is cracked So they have a sore too??

Highly unlikely ....: but probably very remotely possible. The viral content of this amount of blood in the mouth or on a cigarette would be expected to be very low if even measureable. Obviously best policy would be to avoid sharing cigarettes, especially with someone who is HIV positive. ...Read more

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Rash like areas on cheeks near mouth. Tiny dry bumps, Red. Not itchy or sore, a little bit sensitive to touch, have had for nearly 2 years, no change?

Rash like areas on cheeks near mouth. Tiny dry bumps, Red. Not itchy or sore,  a little bit sensitive to touch, have had for nearly 2 years, no change?

Rosacea: Hi
This might be Rosacea if it is red and on you cheeks.
This condition flairs up with temperature changes and when you use cortisone.
It can be treated with a topical antibiotic cream like Rozex. Please exclude other condition with your doctor. ...Read more

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2 months ago I got herpes cold sore on my lip 1 month ago it seemed to heal but redness remains & has slowly bettered Am I still contagious?Can I kiss

2 months ago I got herpes cold sore on my lip 1 month ago it seemed to heal but redness remains & has slowly bettered Am I still contagious?Can I kiss

Yes: Most of these are HSV1 and most adults already have it without any symptoms. So whoever you kiss either already has it or will get it anyway. You shed viruses periodically so you might transmit it between attacks, though you are most contagious at the beginning of a sore. Fish oil is of absolutely no value for this. There is no "detox" of herpes. There is a prescription pill which is very effective. ...Read more

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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

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

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I have a cold sore on my lip can I use Zovirax (acyclovir) ? But the cold sore has a crack. Please help!!

I have a cold sore on my lip can I use Zovirax (acyclovir) ? But the cold sore has a crack.
Please help!!

Yes you can: Zovirax (acyclovir) is effective. Acyclovir pills may be more effective and less irritating to your already cracked lip. Avoid touching or licking your lip. ...Read more

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Why have i got red raw lips and gums suddenly? I have eroded areas on my inner lips which are bright red and tender gums to brush! dry mouth

Why have i got red raw lips and gums suddenly? I have eroded areas on my inner lips which are bright red and tender gums to brush!  dry mouth

Possible systemic : Unless you have recently changed your toothpaste or mouth rinse it may be a sign of a systemic problem. You might try a tooth paste like spry children's tooth paste.. It has nothing harsh in it.. Get it a health food store.. Otherwise see a physician or dentist specializing in oral medicine. ...Read more

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My bottom lip began to swell and became incredibly itchy, when i woke my lips were all sore and cracked and clear fluid was leaking out Fungus maybe?

My bottom lip began to swell and became incredibly itchy, when i woke my lips were all sore and cracked and clear fluid was leaking out
Fungus maybe?

Angioedema?: It sounds more like angioedema. This can come on suddenly, and cause lip swelling. This can be caused by an allergy. Try to determine if you ate or were exposed to something that you are not used to. Fungal infections usually come on more slowly and do not usually cause lip swelling. ...Read more

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I don't think I've ever had a cold sore, however due to the cold weather my lips have cracked and I have a sore area towards the corner of my mouth on the top of the bottom lip which isn't visible when my mouth is shut! It only hurts when I touch it, howe

Angular cheilitis: You probably have angular cheilitis. You could apply petroleum jelly or aquaphor to this and your lips frequently. If no improvement consider a topical antifungal like miconazole or even a topical antibiotic since it might be secondarily infected by either yeast or bacteria. ...Read more