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I have really bad chapped lips. I also have a red ring around my lips. Is this due to allergies?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics
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In brief: Lip eczema treatable

Persistent chapped lips is 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 his habit). Once cracked, lips get irritated by routine foods and juices. A doctor can sort things out.

In brief: Lip eczema treatable

Persistent chapped lips is 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 his habit). Once cracked, lips get irritated by routine foods and juices. A doctor can sort things out.
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Dr. Alex Martinez
Internal Medicine - Allergy
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In brief: Probably not...

Airborne allergies usually affect the more sensitive 'skin' inside eyes, nose, and airways.
While a contact allergic reaction could explain your symptoms, it sounds like you might have cheilitis, an inflammatory condition of the lip associated with B12 or iron deficiency and yeast infections. Rarely, it can be a side effect to some medicines for acne. You should see a dermatologist to be sure.

In brief: Probably not...

Airborne allergies usually affect the more sensitive 'skin' inside eyes, nose, and airways.
While a contact allergic reaction could explain your symptoms, it sounds like you might have cheilitis, an inflammatory condition of the lip associated with B12 or iron deficiency and yeast infections. Rarely, it can be a side effect to some medicines for acne. You should see a dermatologist to be sure.
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