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Dry Lips - Symptoms and Treatment

The skin of lips is very thin and it contains no sebaceous glands or oil glands, which are very useful in keeping the skin moist. Dehydration leads to the condition of dry lips. Drinking too much caffeine or alcohol can often be responsible for dryness of lips. Dry, swollen, or cracked lips can be caused by allergies, infections, drugs, and a number of medical problems. Overworking, stress, tiredness and recent infection all lower the immune system, which makes minor infections around the mouth and lips more likely. Dryness of lips may be caused by extreme exposed to temperature, whether this is hot or cold. Dry Lips are marked by dry, cracked, painful lips and may result in a red ring around the mouth. In the summer, the sun can be responsible for dry Lips but routine use of a lip balm containing sunscreen can prevent summertime dry Lips . In the wintertime, dry Lips are a more common problem, because the air is dry and the cold wind further dries the lips out. Many people lick their lips to relieve the dryness, making the problem worse. Just as in the summertime, treating dry Lips in the winter can make use of a moisturizing lip balm containing sunscreen. Petroleum jelly or beeswax based lip balm is effective in preventing dry Lips. In the event that dry Lips become a severe problem, such as with habitual licking, and the redness, cracking and dryness become so painful that talking or chewing is difficult, you should use a medicated lip balm. Avoid using flavored lip balm, as it can encourage more frequent licking of the lips, especially in children. Frequent and regular application of lip balm often relieves dry Lips without further incident. Other ways to prevent dry Lips include increasing the humidity in your home and covering your lips with a ski mask or scarf in the winter. Frequent washing of the mouth followed by application of lip balm also helps alleviate the discomfort associated with dry Lips .

Causes of Dry Lips

Common Causes of Dry Lips :

  • Over exposure to cold winds.
  • Smoking.
  • Infections.
  • Deficiency of vitamin A, B and C in the body.
  • Exposure to sun radiations.
  • Frequent use of soaps and other chemicals.

Symptoms of Dry Lips

Some common Symptoms of Dry Lips :

  • Dryness.
  • Mild pain.
  • Loss of moisture from the lips.
  • Lips become rough and reddish.
  • Sensitivity of lips.
  • Bleeding.

Treatment of Dry Lips

  • Take a saline bath.
  • Apply Aloe Vera gel on your lips.
  • Drink plenty of water everyday.








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