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Facts about the skin from DermNet New Zealand Trust. Topic index: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Cheilitis

What is cheilitis?

Cheilitis is the term used to describe inflamed lips.

Types of cheilitis

The lips can be inflamed because of an infection or skin condition:

They may be inflamed because of an allergy, toxin, medication or injury.

Nutritional deficiency can also lead to cheilitis.

How is the diagnosis made?

Cheilitis is usually diagnosed by taking a careful history and by clinical examination. Swabs for infections including candida and a biopsy may be required.

What is the treatment for cheilitis?

Treatment of cheilitis depends on the cause. However, soothing emollient lip balms and sunscreens are usually recommended.

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Author: Clin Assoc Prof Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton NZ.

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