Peeling Lips

Peeling lips or chapped lips is called cheilitis. Your lips are exposed continuously to the sun and cold winds, and as the skin on the lips are thin, they become dry and crack easily. Use a good and moisturizing lip balm, drink a lot of water, use lip scrubs to remove the layer of dead skin, and avoid smoking to prevent your lips from peeling.

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I have painful rashes on my lips. Is it due to cheilitis?

Query: Hello doctor, My lips have been breaking out in painful rashes, though I am not sure exactly what it is. My lips' secret oil forms a yellow crust around the outline of my lips. After suffering from this on and off for a year and a half, I suspect it may be cheilitis. My lips are in burning pain, se...  Read Full »

Dr. Basti Bharatesh Devendra

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I hope you are 21 years of age as in the details given. Your condition may be due to cheilitis. The causes may be allergies, irritation, infection, dryness, actinic deficiencies, etc. I suggest you avoid licking your lips often. As you are following, please avoid lips...  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 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 »

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 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 »

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 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 »

Are my peeling lips for the past two years because of exfoliative cheilitis?

Query: Hello doctor, My lips suddenly started to peel off about two years ago. I went to a dermatologist, and he gave me Boroline. I have been using it for the last two years. Once in two days, white skin forms on my lips, and it peels off late. It is like a two-day cycle. After searching about my con...  Read Full »

Dr. Dhepe Snehal Madhav

Answer: Hello, Welcome back to Kindly answer me the following to help you better; 1) Do you have a dry, scaly lip? 2) Is there any inflammation or swelling? 3) Did you expose yourself to dry winds? 4) Do you have any history of atopy or allergies? And also, kindly attach ...  Read Full »

My lips remain dry and turns dark. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor,My lips have been dry, and the skin is senseless and tight. I cannot smile or move them. Eating has become a problem because the corners are cracked. I am not using any products, as they only seem to make it worse. They peel off after many days, but the new skin also drys out and again...  Read Full »

Dr. Gaurang Gupta

Answer: Hello,Welcome to condition is called eczematous cheilitis. But, still please upload 2 to 3 photos of the area, so that is easy to diagnose the condition.Try applying topically Mometasone cream mixed with some moisturizing lotion, 2 to 3 times a day for two weeks.Avoid licking your ...  Read Full »

Can Tacrolimus ointment be used for peelings lips?

Query: Hi doctor, I have peeling lips for past one year. It started over last winter when I applied moisturizer. Even after I stopped applying the moisturizer it is peeling still. I went to a doctor and he gave me a vitamin tablet. But, I did not get any cure with that. Then I visited a dermatologist and h...  Read Full »

Dr. Asmeet Kaur Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through your history and can very well understand your concern. I would recommend you to upload the photographs of your lips so that I have a clearer picture of your condition and can guide you in a better way. I would also like to ask you few questi...  Read Full »

I have burning, swelling, peeling, and bleeding of lips. Please advice.

Query: Hello doctor,Something is wrong with my lips. It all started a couple of days ago- burning, swelling, peeling, oozing and bleeding. There are also tiny, fluid-filled blisters. I went to the doctor today, but she wasn't sure whether there was a bacterial infection. She prescribed me antibiotics just ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sushil Kakkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have viewed the images (attachment removed to protect patient identity). It could be an allergic reaction to some lip cosmetics or it could be a sun-induced eruption that is a phototoxic reaction. I suggest you use a topical antibiotic like either Neosporin ointmen...  Read Full »

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