Q. Kindly tell the management of dry lips with itchiness and redness.

Answered by
Dr. Shanza Ikram
and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M

Hi doctor,

I have been experiencing dry lips and around my mouth which is itchy and gets red. I have used all sorts of lip balm but nothing seems to be working. I drink lots of water throughout the day as well. This is getting me really worried now. Can you help, please?

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Dr. Shanza Ikram

F.C.P.S., M.B;B.S., F.C.P.S
Dermatology

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

I have gone through your case. Immediately stop using all different types of lip balms and lipsticks. Apply 1 percent of Hydrocortisone ointment and apply two times a day for seven days. After that, apply only Petroleum jelly or Vaseline twice daily for the next seven days. Avoid spicy food. Maintain good oral hygiene. Avoid lip rubbing and if you are habitual of rubbing your tongue, then please avoid it as saliva also irritates the skin. Use only white-colored toothpaste.


The Probable causes:

Cross-reactivity between different cosmetics.

Hi doctor,

Many thanks for your reply. I will stop using all sorts of lip balm from now. Can I use Hydrocortisone cream instead of ointment?

Dr. Shanza Ikram

F.C.P.S., M.B;B.S., F.C.P.S
Dermatology

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Yes, you can use the cream as well. But remember, the cream can itself produce little bit dryness. But my aim is to stop all the hypersensitivity process with Hydrocortisone either in cream or ointment form. Once it is stopped, then dryness could be sorted out with the help of petroleum jelly. The only additive benefit of ointment was that it could also help in lubricating.

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