When eczema happens, the worst case scenario is that it ends up on your face (or god forbids, eczema on your penis or vagina). Eczema can appear anywhere and Eczema on Lips is one of those places.
There is something that even more terrible can happen though.
In other words, it means eczema on your lips.
And it’s one of the most frustrating form of eczema you can get, prohibiting you from even opening your mouth due to the dryness at the corners of your lips. Suddenly, you’ll find yourself having problem with eating or even just smiling due to the pain on your lips.
Eczematous Cheilitis also causes itchiness, scaling, and cracking causing your lips to balloon up like if you were stung by a wasp.
Considering your lips is one of the most sensitive portion on your skin, it is one of the leading frustrations to anyone that suffers eczema on lips.
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Is Eczematous Cheilitis contagious?
As it is with any form of eczema, it isn’t contagious. It is just really uncomfortable to have it . It is also not infectious.
Treatments and Experience
The lips is a sensitive place, though not as sensitive as the private parts. Having Eczema on Lips can be a very frustrating experience, especially since it is very obvious when people are looking at your face.
It can turn parts of your lips blotchy and white, losing that natural lip color. In some cases blisters or bumps may appear. If it is indeed Eczema, then the skin structure is getting disrupted underneath the skin due to irritated nerves.
Doctors will often prescribe steroids including Synmethasone (Betamethasone Dipriopionate) and Triamcinolone. Both of these are powerful steroids as creams and definetely should be avoided if doctor tries to prescribe orally. Doctors especially in the US like over prescribing treatments, so watch out for this. (This is because with health insurance they can literally get paid unlimited).
Antihistamines like Rhiniramine SR and Terizine can be also prescribed, these drugs/medicines are safe for prolonged use versus steroids.
We believe steroids are useful using thinly and as a one off, but not repeated usage. If you want to find out the side effects you are free to go try apply chronically, just don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Continued steroid usage for the second or third time is OKAY, AS LONG as you downgrade to hydrocortisone, but even with hydrocortisone (the weakest form of steroid), you don’t really want to make it a chronic thing.
This is because long term steroid use can thin skin and change skin structure and it’s especially devastating to places of thin skin on the face like the lips.
if the steroid does not clear up the Eczema on Lips. It’s a good idea to start looking at natural solutions.
Avoid using cosmetic or make-up type of products on your lips until it is healed. A product we really like is the Burt’s Bees Lip Balm. This really works with Eczema on Lips according to my own experience, you can use this in conjunction with other moisturisers.
The next thing is to AVOID GREASY FOODS like KFC, oily foods. The oils in these foods can and will further aggravate Eczema. If you do so make sure you use wet tissue to clean off the oil right after you eat. This is really important.
Also you should start checking out your diet, could there be anything you ate in the last week that is causing this Eczema to appear?
Chinese medicine and herbs offer a stunning array of organic solutions that can yield great results without the problem of steroids when uses on skin. Not everything works of course, we will cover this topic in depth in the future, but it’s worth looking into – just don’t get scammed and spend too much money on it.
What else can I do myself?
As usual for any forms of eczema, moisturizing is the key. But since this is the lips area, you might want to be careful with using any cream that isn’t digestible.
StopItchy’s own cream can help with moisturizing your lips and its safe for accidental ingestion. The formula used also prevented from the burning sensation you could get, if your lips have cracked open. Additionally, you could also coat your lips with shea butter before sleeping in order to speed up the recovery of your lips.
During this period, it is also best to make sure that you don’t use any soap on your face. Use only clean water to rinse.
Before your lips recover, you could also try this list of quick and fast temporary reliefs to your lips:
- Apply cold compress to your lips to reduce inflammation.
- Use lemon or apple cider vinegar wash to reduce the swelling.
- Use petrolum jelly if you don’t have shea butter or any cream that can be applied on your lips.
- Do note that these are simply just temporary solutions. In the end, in order to main eczema-free lips, it is best for you to moisturize it regularly with proper cream in order to prevent future eczema attacks.
How can I prevent it from happening again?
Make careful notes on anything that comes close to your lips. Things that causes Eczematous Cheilitis can be almost anything, but these are the most common culprits:
- Frequent licking on your lips (causing it to become too dry)
- Harmful chemicals from cosmetic products like certain lip balms and lipsticks
- Different types of food (usually junk food with too much additives added to it)
- Certain oral care products (including mouthwashes and toothpastes that uses fluoride)
- Frequent smoking
- Prolonged exposure to the sun
- As it is with eczema, your diet can also cause for flairs of eczema. Be careful with what you eat and try to eat as clean as possible. Try using this diet rotation to find out whether if your diet is causing your eczema flair.
Check on your habits and work on singling out what trips off your eczema. Once you’ve figured it out, you can work on preventing it from happening again in the future.
What Are Other Causes of Eczema on Lips?
If you have Eczema on Lips, it’s important to make sure it’s not herpes, if there are tiny itchy blisters, this could be mistaken as Eczema. Herpes is a virus and it will go away over time, and there are anti-viral creams doctors can prescribe you.
Having itchy lips may be credited to numerous reasons. It might be allergy, vitamin deficiency, a skin ailment known as cheilitis or another inherent condition. Its signs would include redness and puffiness all around the lips and have dry, cracked lips. Without the proper and detailed information of the symptom, it can’t be ascertained which of those are the causes itchy lips. It could be food or drug allergy or simply an allergy to specific substances like pollutants or those present in cosmetic. One has to carefully study the signs and find out just what’s tripping the allergy. If it’s a food or a beverage or a drug, you need to prevent them completely and consult with your doctor for a complementary medicine.
In addition, there are specific substances present in cosmetics which may trigger the allergy. If this is what’s causing your itchy lips, you may want to change the cosmetics and find one which will fit your skin’s susceptibility. Additionally, there are times when the weather conditions may cause one to have allergy. If this is what’s causing your lips to itch, you might want to frequently clean your clean everytime you get from the outside.
In this manner, the irritants are washed from your skin. Whenever you keep having itchy lips, it’s essential that one maintains a healthful lifestyle with a nutritious diet. Have plenty of vegetables and fruits and drink plenty of water to keep you hydrated. You have to keep your lips hydrated with a lip balm or petroleum jelly to prevent dry itchy lips. When the skin is dry, it’s more predisposed towards becoming itchy. If you’re in the smoking habit, you also need to quit it because cigarettes or tobacco smoking tends to dry out your lips. The same holds true with alcohol drinking and eating spicy foods that are known to activate flare ups and worsen itching sensation lips feeling. It’s sensible to do some reasonable workouts daily’30 minutes at the maximum and also to help keep your stress levels low. There are several home items that may be utilized to soothe itchy lips. If it’s allergy that’s causing the itch, try honey and almond oil.