HEALTH: Why Do I Have Chapped Or Sore Lips?

“When winter comes around, many of us experience chapped lips, which are irritated, dry, and peeling lips caused by disruption of the outer skin layer and inflammation, says Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in the dermatology department at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. They are flaky and sometimes red or bloody, and they can be uncomfortable or painful. Chapped lips, also known as cheilitis, are very common, and they’re most often caused by cold, dry, windy weather. While chapped lips are usually harmless, it’s important to protect and hydrate them with the right treatment.

Common Causes of Chapped Lips: Wetness and Weather
Chapped lips are typically caused by environmental exposures that lead to irritation, including saliva and licking your lips, spicy foods, and cold, dry weather, says Dr. Zeichner. The common cold and sun damage can also cause chapped lips, he adds, as well as medication like cholesterol-lowering agents.

Ouch, chapped lips are a pain

Allergic or irritant contact is another common cause of chapped lips, where exposure to an external product causes a true allergic reaction or a direct irritation to the skin, says Zeichner. But most of the time, chapped lips are caused by dryness, and wind is a prime culprit, explains dermatologist Clay J. Cockerell, MD, founder and medical director of Cockerell Dermatopathology in Dallas.

Health Conditions That Can Cause Chapped Lips
Chapped lips can also be associated with a variety of underlying medical conditions, including thyroid disease, vitamin deficiencies, and inflammatory bowel disease, says Zeichner. Low thyroid function may cause dryness of the mouth and lips, and B complex vitamin deficiencies or low zinc or iron levels have been reported to cause chapped lips, he adds. Crohn’s disease can affect the entire gastrointestinal tract from the lips down to the anus, and if you have severe cracked lips that are not healing as well as belly pain, this may be a rare cause.

Angular cheilitis, or inflammation in the corners of the mouth, is another common condition that can cause dry or chapped lips. It’s typically caused by cold weather, yeast overgrowth, and/or irritation from saliva, and it’s usually treated with anti-yeast medication, anti-inflammatories, or skin protectants overnight, says Rebecca Baxt, MD, a dermatologist in Paramus, New Jersey.

Actinic cheilitis is the term given to chronic chapped lips that develop as a result of sun damage, explains Zeichner. This is a precancerous condition that typically affects the lower lip (which faces upward toward the sun, so is at risk for sudden damage). If you have chapped lips that aren’t getting better and you’re concerned, see a dermatologist.

How to Treat Chapped Lips: Start With Lip Balm
Chapped lips can sometimes heal on their own, but if that isn’t happening after a day or two, try using a lip balm, suggests Zeichner. Lip balms contain a combination of waxes and oils that form a protective seal over the skin, he explains.

Stay away from products that contain fragrance, camphor, menthol, and salicylic acid, because these ingredients can cause irritation of the skin, leading to disruption of the skin barrier and loss of hydration, which can make chapped lips worse, warns Zeichner. You also want to avoid exfoliating lips that are already dry and irritated because that can lead to more harm than good, he explains.

Eating a healthy plant based diet, making sure you are consuming a varied amount of nutrients could get your lips back to normal.

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If you’re looking for a natural home remedy for chapped lips, Zeichner suggests trying coconut oil because it spreads easily without dripping. “The same types of products you use for dry skin can often be used for the lips,” he explains.

What to Do When Your Child Has Chapped Lips
Kids are at risk for getting a superficial skin infection called impetigo, especially if they get open or cracked skin, and it can easily be spread to others, says Zeichner. He recommends touching base with your pediatrician if your child has chapped lips that don’t go away in a day or two.

How to Prevent Chapped Lips: 3 Simple Strategies
Here are three simple ways to prevent chapped lips and keep your lips smooth and hydrated, according to Zeichner:

-Avoid licking your lips. People sometimes lick their lips to reduce the feeling of dry lips, but saliva actually worsens the situation.
-Pay attention to your lips. If they start to feel dry or itchy, apply a lip balm early.
-Skip spicy foods. If you have sensitive skin, try to avoid spicy foods, which can irritate the lips.”

Source: https://www.everydayhealth.com/skin-and-beauty/home-remedies-for-chapped-lips.aspx

PROVERBS #9 – Indian

“India Proverbs, Old Sayings and Customary Wisdom

Inspiring Quotes and Proverbial Wisdom from India about Fortune, Pride and Dignity, Time and Mortality

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We can’t change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust the sails. — Indian Proverb

They who give have all things; they who withhold have nothing.– Indian Proverb

If you want to know what a tiger is like, look at a cat. — Indian Proverb

The Three great mysteries: air to a bird, water to a fish, mankind to himself. — India Proverb

There is nothing noble in being superior to some other man. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self. — India Proverb

Like the body that is made up of different limbs and organs, all moral creatures must depend on each other to exist. — Hindu Proverb

When an elephant is in trouble even a frog will kick him. — Hindu Proverb

Like the body that is made up of different limbs and organs, all moral creatures must depend on each other to exist. — Hindu Proverb

To control the mind is like trying to control a drunken monkey that has been bitten by a scorpion. — Hindu Proverb

Great minds discuss ideas, medium minds discuss events, and little minds discuss people. — Hindu Proverb

A hundred divine epochs would not suffice to describe all the marvels of the Himalaya. — India Proverb

They who give, have all things; they who withhold, have nothing. — Indian Proverb

War is to men, childbirth is to women. — India Proverb

A thief thinks everybody steals.– India proverb

Under the mountains is silver and gold, But under the night sky, hunger and cold. — Indian proverb

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Drops join to make a stream; ears combine to make a crop. — Indian proverb

I have lanced many boils, but none pained like my own. — India proverb

Walking slowly, even the donkey will reach Lhasa. — Indian proverb

You may look up for inspiration or look down in desperation but do not look sideways for information. — Indian proverb

Clouds that thunder seldom rain.– Indian proverb

If you live in the river you should make friends with the crocodile. — Indian proverb

A fly, a harlot, a beggar, a rat, and gusty wind; the village-boss and the tax collector – these seven are always annoying to others. — Indian proverb

Speak like a parrot; meditate like a swan; chew like a goat; and bathe like an elephant. — Indian proverb

The weakest go to the wall. — Indian proverb

A bandicoot is lovely to his parents; a mule is pretty to its mate. — Indian proverb

It is better to sit down than to stand, it is better to lie down than to sit, but death is the best of all. — Indian proverb

A person who misses a chance and the monkey who misses its branch can’t be saved. — Indian proverb

Those who hunt deer sometimes raise tigers. — India proverb

What was hard to bear is sweet to remember. — India proverb

Garlic is as good as ten mothers. — India proverb

Don’t bargain for fish which are still in the water. — India proverb

The nose didn’t smell the rotting head. — India proverb

You can often find in rivers what you cannot find in oceans. — Indian proverb

Keep five yards from a carriage, ten yards from a horse, and a hundred yards from an elephant; but the distance one should keep from a wicked man cannot be measured. — Indian proverb

In my homeland I possess one hundred horses, yet if I go, I go on foot. — Indian proverb

Blaming your faults on your nature does not change the nature of your faults. — India proverb

If they don’t exchange a few words, father and son will never know one another. — Indian proverb

Justice is better than admiration. — Indian proverb

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the noonday sun. — Indian proverb

Do not blame God for having created the tiger, but thank him for not having given it wings. — Indian proverb

An old patient is better than a new doctor. — Indian proverb

Eat fire and your mouth burn ; live on credit and your pride will burn. — Indian proverb

To the mediocre, mediocrity appears great. — Indian proverb

Even a cat is a lion in her own lair. — Indian proverb

It is better to be blind than to see things from only one point of view. — Indian proverb”

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Source: http://www.historyofpainters.com/india_proverbs.htm