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What should I avoid doing if I have chronic chapped lips?

Audrey Kunin, MD
Dermatology
You haven't gotten to the bottom of the cause of your chronic chapped lips? While you wait for your dermatology appointment, follow the don't list:
  • Don't hold metal objects in your mouth such as paper clips.
  • Don't lick envelopes.
  • Don't suck on citrus fruit rinds such as orange peels.
  • Don't kiss someone on the lips who is wearing lipstick.
  • And finally, don't lose hope!
Chapped lips can be a challenge. Be prepared, as your doctor may put you through the paces of eliminating foods and personal care products from your routine if nothing surfaces with your work-up. Don't lose hope. Unusual causes are always out there waiting to be diagnosed by your own medical private investigator.

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