SATURDAY, Jan. 30, 2021 (HealthDay News)
Dry and chapped lips are common during the winter, but there are a number of things you can do to protect them, an expert says.
“Cold, dry weather; sun damage; and frequently licking your lips are just some of the reasons your lips might feel dry and chapped this winter,” dermatologist Dr. Noëlle Sherber said in an American Academy of Dermatology news release. “Understanding these causes and anything else that might trigger your chapped lips goes a long way in preventing and treating them.”
Sherber offered the following advice on preventing and treating dry, chapped lips:
“Chapped lips are usually harmless, however, sometimes they can be a sign of a medical condition,” Sherber said. “If your dry, chapped lips do not heal after following these tips for two to three weeks, talk to a board-certified dermatologist.”
The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more on preventing chapped lips.
SOURCE: American Academy of Dermatology, news release, Jan. 26, 2021
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