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Dry Lips - Definition, Causes, Symptoms and Treatment

 

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Dehydration leads to the condition of dry lips. Some cases of dry lips can be resolved if the cause is removed - for example, if chapped lips are caused by the use of skin care products that may cause dry skin or allergic reactions. The best defense for chapped lips is to prevent them from occurring. 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. A variety of topical nonprescription products are available for treating or preventing dry lips. These products typically contain ingredients that assist in healing, such as skin protectants, moisturizers, pain relievers, and sunscreens.

Dryness of lips may be caused by extreme exposed to temperature, whether this is hot or cold. Dry lips are a common problem especially in winter season. Most people get chapped lips from time to time. Dry, cracked or sore lips can interfere with many daily activities, such as smiling, kissing, eating and talking. It better to use a lipbalm. Problem with lipbalm is that it contains cocoa butter which is allergic to some people. One of the things that many people do when their lips feel dry is to keep licking them in an effort to moisturise the lips. In most cases, however, this doesn't solve the problem but makes matters worse. So try not to do this. Some medicines do have side effects on the skin, which causes cracks in the lips.

Causes of Dry lips

Dry lips are most often caused by being in overly windy, sunny, or dry conditions. The chapping further reduces the moisture retention capacity and this vicious circle results in the problem becoming chronic and increasingly severe. The outer layer of the dry lips is thin. The lip area is more sensitive to chapping because the lips do not produce oils as the skin does to protect it from drying out.

Common causes and risk factors of Dry lips:

  • Allergies to cosmetic products.
  • Smoking.
  • Frequent use of soaps and other chemicals.
  • Exposure to sun radiations.
  • Infections.

Signs and Symptoms of Dry lips

Sign and symptoms may include the following :

  • A bleeding and slight pain in your lips.
  • Dryness.
  • Loss of moisture from the lips.
  • Presence of whitish saliva in your mouth.
  • Sensitivity of lips.

Treatment for Dry lips

There are many other topical nonprescription products are available for treating or preventing dry lips. These products typically contain ingredients that assist in healing, such as skin protectants, moisturizers, pain relievers, and sunscreens. Carmex is highly recommended by many pharmacists for providing relief from the symptoms that are often associated with chapped lips. Some cases of dry lips can be resolved if the cause is removed - for example, if chapped lips are caused by the use of skin care products that may cause dry skin or allergic reactions. The best defense for chapped lips is to prevent them from occurring.

Treatment may include:

  • Applying a small coat of Vaseline or lip balm when using a dry lipstick.
  • Chapstick can be use to manage the dry lips.
  • Using a toothbrush with soft bristles to remove flaky skin from your lips.
  • Drinking plenty of water to keep your lips hydrated and supple.
  • A mixture of honey and vaseline, gives the required moisture to the lips.