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I've got white crusty stuff above my lips, please help? What could this be?

I've got white crusty stuff above my lips, please help? What could this be?

Several causes: It can just be dried skin and using moisturizer will help. It could be dried nasal drainage. It could be other skin rashes like seborrhea or psoriasis. I would need more information or see the rash to give you a better answer. ...Read more

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What causes dark crusty areas and chappy lips?

What causes dark crusty areas and chappy lips?

Habit: Are you "licking" your lips, because they are sore. This strips off skin oils and promotes irritants. A constant use of a vapor barrier, for a few days may break the cycle. (basic vaseline, ect). ...Read more

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I burned my lips with baking soda and toothpaste, the edges are black and crusted, how do I get my pink lips back?

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I burned my lips with baking soda and toothpaste, the edges are black and crusted, how do I get my pink lips back?

Common Management: Aloe Vera, vitamin E and a tincture of time. And of course, discontinuing use of the product. ...Read more

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I just started back using blistex, but before I was using it my lips was never getting crusty so fast and forming dark crusty areas around my lips?

I just started back using blistex, but before I was using it my lips was never getting crusty so fast and forming dark crusty areas around my lips?

Cheilitis: Cheilitis is a medical condition involving inflammation of the lip.
It is associated with many conditions, including megaloblastic anemia from vitamin B12 deficiency, iron deficiency anemia (which in severe cases can lead to plummer-vinson syndrome) and oral candidiasis. It can also be a symptom of allergies, such as allergy to balsam of peru and other agents. Rx with vaniply see doc if not better. ...Read more

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Why do I have white crusty spots on my vagina lips?

Vulva skin lesions: The skin area of the female genitals is called the vulva, and it is susceptible to all the kinds of skin lesions that afflict all areas of skin. You can have a rash there with flaking, like psoriasis. You can have crusty skin lesions, wart like growths called seborrheic keratoses. You can have pimples, that may dry and form scabs. Try a dandruff shampoo to wash the area and Cortaid (hydrocortisone) cream. ...Read more

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Red area above lip, it pusses and crusts over when its dry. What could this be.

Red area above lip, it pusses and crusts over when its dry. What could this be.

Maybe herpes: Reading between the lines, I have the impression that this is a recurrent problem. If so, and especially if it usually recurs pretty near the same spot every time, I would suspect oral herpes (cold sores). ...Read more

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Lips feel dry, slightly itchy, slightly swollen, and have a yellow crust overall. It feels like there is a layer over it. How should it be treated?

Lips feel dry, slightly itchy, slightly swollen, and have a yellow crust overall. It feels like there is a layer over it. How should it be treated?

To counteract: The dryness, try Vaseline every 3 hours for a few days then, as needed. It's less costly than using up a lot of Lip balms. Also, more hydration orally will go a long way. ...Read more

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Crusty, red, irritated, itchy, dry, puffy, swollen, lips, what do you suggest?

Crusty, red, irritated, itchy, dry, puffy, swollen, lips, what do you suggest?

Two possibilities: Difficult to say without a complete history, but may possibly be an allergic reaction (anything new lately?) or even oral candidiasis (yeast infection). Advise seeing your dentist or physician to diagnose and prescribe needed meds. ...Read more

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I'm finding white chunks and white ish crust on my panties. I also have cuts on the side of my vagina lips?

I'm finding white chunks and white ish crust on my panties. I also have cuts on the side of my vagina lips?

White D/C: I am not quite sure what the white "Chunks" could be, but often a white, thick d/c may be a yeast infection. See the GYN dr. For an evaluation of your white discharge and to get the cuts evaluated. Best wishes. ...Read more

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I'm concerned about two soars my daughter has on her upper lip and on the corner right by her lip. She has had it for about a week and it is now crusted over, should I seek medical attention just in case it is contagious or give it a few more days to heal

I'm concerned about two soars my daughter has on her upper lip and on the corner right by her lip. She has had it for about a week and it is now crusted over, should I seek medical attention just in case it is contagious or give it a few more days to heal

See Dr: Sounds like a type of herpes simplex virus. With crusting, that can be a sign of a secondary bacterial infection with staph. Good oral hygiene and cleansing along with a topical antibiotic will help but if not improving, prescription strength medication may be required. If draining or oozing, it may be contagious if exposed to another mucous membrane surface. ...Read more

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I might have bit my lip while I was sleeping, now it's swollen and yesterday air pockets, today soft white crust. How make it heal faster?

I might have bit my lip while I was sleeping, now it's swollen and yesterday air pockets, today soft white crust. How make it heal faster?

LIP LESIONS: AVOID FURTHER TRAUMATIZING THE LIP; AVOID SPICY AND SALTY FOODS; AND WAIT ABOUT 5-7 DAYS FOR IT TO HEAL. IF IT DOES NOT HEAL, SEE YOUR PCP FOR FURTHER EVALUATION. ...Read more

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First thought it was HSV1/cold sores but no reddening, pain, crusting, itching, or scabs. Feels like bumpy lips and chapped...not sure what this is.

First thought it was HSV1/cold sores but no reddening, pain, crusting, itching, or scabs. Feels like bumpy lips and chapped...not sure what this is.

Needs to be seen...: A diagnosis can't be given via this online question format --- a physician needs to see the areas of concern to be able to determine the cause. You should make an appointment with your physician (or consider the video virtual consult feature of HealthTap Prime) if the areas of concern persist. ...Read more

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I have the ending stages of a cole sore. It is passed the crusting stage and kinda barely there on my lip!! Is it contagious then?

I have the ending stages of a cole sore. It is passed the crusting stage and kinda barely there on my lip!! Is it contagious then?

Likely not: Generally once a cold sore has crusted over it becomes non infections. From your description it sounds like it has almost resolved. If you are concerned about passing it on refrain from contact until the symptoms have completely resolved. ...Read more

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Whenever I get up in the morning there are crusts of blood on my lips and teeth. While I don't do smoking. My age is 19/male. Kindly guide me.?

Whenever I get up in the morning there are crusts of blood on my lips and teeth. While I don't do smoking. My age is 19/male. Kindly guide me.?

Bleeding: Source of bleeding needs to be determined before deciding on appropriate treatment. At your age most common cause is inflammatory gum disease (infection). How long has it been since our last Dental appointment? Perhaps the best route would be to see a Dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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3rd day w/rash but now my vaginal lips have become so dry that is it cracking and burning. There's a a thin layer of a white crust on them plz help.

3rd day w/rash but now my vaginal lips have become so dry that is it cracking and burning. There's a a thin layer of a white crust on them plz help.

Yeast infection: The symptoms of vaginal burning and itching with white discharge sound very much like a yeast infection. To be certain you could have your primary doctor or OB/GYN do a swab and wet microscope mount/KOH Prep. You could also try an over the counter yeast infection medication like Monostat. ...Read more

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Lips have been dry n crusting its kinda irritating lil burning sensation maybe to much scratching with teeth lil lil bumps but very tiny & no reaction?

Mouth-breathing?: Is your nose often congested so that you tend to breathe through your mouth? If so, the problem can be solved by reducing the nasal congestion by medical and/or surgical means depending on what is causing the obstruction.
Stop licking your lips and try lip balm or something like that. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have crusty lips with some yellow crusts underneath and chapping at the edges. I saw a pharmacist who said fungal infection?

I have crusty lips with some yellow crusts underneath and chapping at the edges. I saw a pharmacist who said fungal infection?

Not a physician: I'd suggest seeing a physician for the yellow crusts and chapping. I doubt it's a fungal infection- older patients get perlesche a condition that is a yeast at the corners of the mouth, but for you, I think that it may be an allergic reaction to a topical you are using or some severe dryness. A dermatologist or ENT should be able to assist (primary care could solve this also). ...Read more

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My daughter has white on top of her lips, looks like crust on mag citrate bottle. She has reflux & gets mag citrate in 24hr food mix via g-tube.?

Reflux at mouth: She may be refluxing her tube feeding up to her mouth. She might need a slower feeding rate. She should be evaluated by the person who is responsible for her tube feeding. ...Read more

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I fell on my lip and it iwas very swollen, scraped and bruised. It has started to heal, but where I scraped is now yellow and crusted. Normal?

I fell on my lip and it iwas very swollen, scraped and bruised. It has started to heal, but where I scraped is now yellow and crusted. Normal?

Normal: Wash gently with water. Apply vaseline or Aquaphor frequently. Avoid antiseptics such as peroxide or alcohol. Avoid antibiotics such as bacitracin or neosporin. No kissing for a few days. ...Read more

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I keep getting small persistent red spots on my lip line. Sometimes they have small white heads. They don't crust/weep like coldsores. What are they?

I keep getting small persistent red spots on my lip line. Sometimes they have small white heads. They don't crust/weep like coldsores. What are they?

Fordyce Spots?: Fordyce spots are small raised, pale red, yellow-white or skin-colored bumps or spots that appear on the shaft of the penis, the labia, scrotum, or the vermilion border of the lips (the outside red part of the lip). These are benign (not associated with any disease or illness) and represent sebaceous glands. They are only a cosmetic concern. See a board certified dermatologist to have it checked. ...Read more

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So since Friday I was pretty sure I had a cold blister on the corner of my lip until I read about angular cheilitis. Right now it's crusty any ideas??

So since Friday I was pretty sure I had a cold blister on the corner of my lip until I read about angular cheilitis. Right now it's crusty any ideas??

Difficult...: It is difficult to tell without looking at it but the fact that it started as a blister and now has developed a crust seems to be associated with a cold sore. Usually should go away in a few days. If it persists then you should get it seen by your doctor. ...Read more

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I have a open sore on lip after having irritation from a lip products. It crusts over with a yellow crust and weeps. Is this something more serious than just an irritated lip?

I have a open sore on lip after having irritation from a lip products. It crusts over with a yellow crust and weeps. Is this something more serious than just an irritated lip?

Possible cold sore: This may be a cold sore which is caused by the herpes virus which you would have gotten from having the chicken pox. Check with your dentist or physician when sore is present for diagnosis. There is no cure, but medications are available to shorten the length of time the lesion is present. ...Read more

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For 2 days I had pain on my lip, white puss formed and a white bead came out but now it's crusting like pictures of A cold sore? What is it

For 2 days I had pain on my lip, white puss formed and a white bead came out but now it's crusting like pictures of A cold sore? What is it

Lip lesion: The most likely diagnosis is herpes simplex (cold sore) in view of the evolution of a crusting appearance. Ask your pharmacist for an over the counter cream to apply, but if you prefer a more definitive diagnosis and, if it's a herpes, a prescription can be given for antivirus acyclovir or valtrex (valacyclovir). ...Read more

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I have heat bumps on my face and under my bottom lip they have become weepy and crusty and split when I smile, they are now very sore. Pls advise?

I have heat bumps on my face and under my bottom lip they have become weepy and crusty and split when I smile, they are now very sore. Pls advise?

See skin doctor: You can apply a topical antibiotics and keep area clean and avoid scratching you need to see a dermatologist for a definite diagnosis and treatment ...Read more

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I got a chemical burn from drain cleaner splashing on my lip 2 days ago. It's crusted over with a yellowish scab, is this normal and how do I treat?

2 days late: The most important step was to irrigate the splash with a lot of clean water. Now your body is going thru a healing phase where the crusting will occur. Just keep a look out for signs of infection, in which case antibiotics will be needed. Do not pick on it, the result will only be worse. You can put some cream on it to keep it from drying out and itching. ...Read more

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I have been getting single pimples near my lipline (not on my lip, never grouped, never same time, nor crusting after popped)could it still be a coldsore?

I have been getting single pimples near my lipline (not on my lip, never grouped, never same time, nor crusting after popped)could it still be a coldsore?

Most likely not: Cold sore is more like an ulcerated lesion than a pimple and it releases fluid as well. It is hard to diagnose without a clinical exam but what you describe is more like a pimple. See a dentist or dermatologist and get a defenative diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a sore on my lip that's covered with a yellow crust and is weeping throughout the day. Should I go been seen by a doctor?

I have a sore on my lip that's covered with a yellow crust and is weeping throughout the day. Should I go been seen by a doctor?

Yes: Dermatologic conditions are hard to discuss without seeing them. AND the yellow crust is a pretty typical description for a common infection that needs antibiotics. ...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?

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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After having sex with my boyfriend, my inner left vaginal lip swelled up and turned purple/black and there's yellow crust? Around it? Rough sex cause?

After having sex with my boyfriend, my inner left vaginal lip swelled up and turned purple/black and there's yellow crust? Around it? Rough sex cause?

Possible: You can have coital trauma and cause hematomas and bruising from sex. The yellow crust is a little less clear. Yellow crust and labial swelling could be from herpes, so it might be a good idea to see a gynecologist soon and if you're not using a condom, please do. ...Read more

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Sudden Recurrent wound by upper lip. Itches, tingles, swells. Forms blister, crusts over, bleeds. Blood work & swab neg for hsv. What else could it be?

Sudden Recurrent wound by upper lip. Itches, tingles, swells. Forms blister, crusts over, bleeds. Blood work & swab neg for hsv. What else could it be?

Still maybe herpes: This still sounds like herpes despite the negative test results. Up to 30% of people with HSV1 have negative blood tests, so that result doesn't mean much. Try another swab test when you have a fresh blister (within 2 days of onset), and make sure they do a PCR test, not culture. In meantime, try valayclovir or acyclovir and see if it helps. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it Normal to still have tingling and burning on lip and nose 3 days after a cold sore blisters under nose has crusted over?

Yes: It will heal in a week. Does not matter what you put on it. If you get these a few times a year, protect lips and face from sun. There are sunscreen chapsticks. Valacyclovir 2 grams at the first symptoms (prodrome) of the next attack will turn it off. You must be prepared beforehand. There are no side effects. ...Read more

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Cold sore or zit? Started as red bump in corner of lips, tried to pop like zit (no white head), crust formed, traces left 2 weeks later

Cold sores: It is most likely a cold sores. If this is the first time you have it, most likely you have been exposed to somebody with it. It is caused by Herpes virus. Sometimes treatment is needed esp if it become recurrent. ...Read more

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I popped a zit on my lip and it became a yellow, crusty scab. Since it is constantly moist or dirtied (from my mouth) how can I get it to heal?

I popped a zit on my lip and it became a yellow, crusty scab. Since it is constantly moist or dirtied (from my mouth) how can I get it to heal?

Dab H2O2 frequently: In spite of the saliva and the tongue touching the pimple most heal quite nicely. Wash with plain water frequently and keep it as clean and dry as possible. Another way is to dab it with undiluted 3% hydrogen peroxide available OTC in any pharmacy, as frequently as possible and it shd heal as well too. ...Read more

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Red dry swollen lips that itch with red bumps on upper and lower lip. No blister or crust. Happened after 8hr Chapstick. Tried Vaseline and coco oil?

Red bumps: May be allergic reaction, perhaps to lip balm. Consult with BOTH your Dentist and a Dermatologist. Your lesions have to be physically examined. ...Read more