Dry Lips

Dry lips also called chapped or cracked lips, can result from various factors, such as dehydration, dry weather, and some medications (chemotherapy, Retinoids). Keeping your lips moist by using lip balm, drinking lots of water, wrapping your mouth with a scarf, and using a humidifier can treat and prevent dry lips.

Recently Answered Questions Recently Answered Questions

All the answers published in this website are written by verified medical doctors, therapists and health experts. The Content has been moderated by iCliniq medical review team before publication. Post your medical clarifications on iCliniq by choosing the right specialty and get them answered. Your medical queries will be answered 24/7 by top doctors from iCliniq.

I am having progressive dryness and chapped skin around my mouth and lips. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor,I am a 17-year-old female with a weight of 57 kg and a height of 5'4. I have dry skin around my mouth and lips. It started suddenly when the left corner of my upper lip had a pigment. The dryness and chapped skin increased gradually over the mouth. Almost 3/4 of the lip has been covered...  Read Full »

Dr. Sandhya Narayanan Kutty

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com A dry, white and scaly area around the lip appears as a result of the allergic reaction to the saliva. It is medically referred to as dermatitis, specifically called cheilitis, when it is confined to the lips and the area around it. This could be due to other allergen...  Read Full »

I have restless legs and a tendency to sniff and lick my lips all the time. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, Last month, I had restless legs constantly even while resting, I feel the need to sniff all the time and lick my lips as I am getting accused of taking drugs, and it is embarrassing. I also feel a lump in my throat so keep trying to clear it, I do try not to do it when people are aroun...  Read Full »

Dr. Ashok Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and understand your concerns. From the description, it is almost impossible to delineate the exact cause for repeated sniffing and licking lips. To be frank the very symptoms can be part of anxiety, can be a side effect of antipsychotics such as Flupe...  Read Full »

I have had chronic dry, scaly patches at the corners of the mouth and eyelids. Is this perioral dermatitis?

Query: Hello doctor, I think I have perioral dermatitis and have had it for over a year. I get dry, red, and scaly patches at the corners of my mouth and on my eyelids. I mainly use E45 cream and vaseline. I have used Hydrocortisone cream which made things worse. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Sidharth Sonthalia

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thanks for posting your query. At the very outset, may I request that future correspondence regarding your health issues, even through tele or distant dermatology protocol, better be under the supervision of an adult (parent or guardian more than 16 years of age)? 1...  Read Full »

I have dryness in and around lips after rosacea treatment. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I have been suffering from rosacea. So went under proper treatment but now around my lips area, there is dryness. Though I used all the creams on my face, I did not apply creams on the lips area. So is it because of that?  Read Full »

Dr. Rabia Anjum

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This is perioral dermatitis (attachment removed to protect patient identity). A type of eczema that occurs around the oral cavity. The most common reason is the steroid that causes it whether they are present in products we use on face or from the treatment we do. Ye...  Read Full »

What is the cause for getting swollen and tender lower lips every two months?

Query: Hi doctor,I would like to give an insight into my problem, with started ending of last year. I noticed that I have some dry skin on my lower lip and a very small scab just underneath it. I ignored the same and thought it is due to winter. Five months back, I had a tender lower lip, which eventually ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rakesh Kumar Bahunuthula

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your clinical image (attachment removed to protect patient identity) is more for folliculitis over the chin area with cheilitis over the lips. From your image, the lesions do not appear herpetic at present. The investigations also support the same. Also, the repeated ...  Read Full »

My lower lip is severely chapped, red, and bleeding. Please suggest tretament.

Query: Hello doctor, I recently had a severely chapped, red, bleeding bottom lip. I have no idea where it came from, and I am not sure what to treat it with. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. It may be due to dryness, irritation, sun allergy, or allergies. I suggest the following, Please avoid all irritants or irritant lip balms etc. Avoid sun exposure; if needed, you can use sunscreens, especially when outdoors frequentl...  Read Full »

Suggest medication for rashes, dryness, and itching under my lips.

Query: Hello doctor,I have got some rashes under my lip due to dryness. Both sides of my lip are cut. My chin area was itching at first, but now there is a pus-like liquid coming out. My upper and lower lip is dry, and there is skin peeling. I have had this problem before, but it was not as bad as it is no...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I would suggest the following: 1. Apply Mupirocin ointment (T-Bact cream) twice daily for 10 days. 2. Tablet Ciprofloxacin 500 mg once a day after food for 5 days. 3. Apply Cetaphil cream twice daily for 10 days. Please attach the clinical pictures so th...  Read Full »

What is the treatment for dry and dark lips?

Query: Hi doctor, My lips are dry and black at the edges. Please help.  Read Full »

Dr. Ramesh Kumar S

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. In case you are a smoker, stop smoking. I suggest using Melanite cream daily only on the lips. Take a thin slice of lemon, sprinkle a bit of sugar on top and rub it on your lips. It will exfoliate dead cells, so new and fresh skin can appear. Use this remedy daily for a f...  Read Full »

I am not able to eat as I have a stomach ache and bloating. Kindly help.

Query: Hello doctor, Last week, I took an Albendazole tablet for worms. This week, I had a burger. From yesterday, my stomach is upset. If I eat any food, my stomach begins to hurt. I am unable to eat anything, and this is causing me to feel bloated. My urine appears dark yellow and my lips are very dry. P...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This appears to be a case of acidity and gastritis, precipitated by oily and spicy food. You should avoid fatty, oily and spicy diet. Take a walk after your meal, instead of taking rest. Have multiple small meals instead of heavy meals. Have regular sleep habits and a...  Read Full »

How to resolve the infection present on my lips?

Query: Hi doctor, I have an infection on my lips. I honestly do not know what it is. Two weeks ago, I got tests for syphilis and chlamydia, which were negative. Since then, I have had a sore on my lip. But I notice that when I saw this sore with a flashlight, my lip there was yellow. There is no pain. I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Sagar Ramesh Makode

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have seen the attached pictures (attachment removed to protect patient identity). This is not an infection. This is an ulcer formed probably due to irritation and excoriation due to repeated licking. Your whole lower lip is erythematous, which indicates your lip is g...  Read Full »

ask-doctor-img Ask a Doctor Online

* Your first query consult is free!

Search for a Health Issue

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.