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Cheilitis

Author: Hon Assoc Prof Amanda Oakley, Dermatologist, Hamilton, New Zealand, 2010.


Cheilitis — codes and concepts
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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 of cheilitis 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.

 

On DermNet NZ

Other websites

  • Cheilitis — Therapeutics in Dermatology, Fondation René Touraine

 

Books about skin diseases

 

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