Author: Hon Assoc Prof Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2010.
Cheilitis is the term used to describe inflamed lips.
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.
Treatment of cheilitis depends on the cause. However, soothing emollient lip balms and sunscreens are usually recommended.
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