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Lip lick dermatitis: Causes, Symptoms and Treatments


Lip lick dermatitis is commonly called as perioral dermatitis and is an irritant contact dermatitis that is usually on and around the lips due to saliva from repetitive lip licking.

The condition generally affects children of any age and women above 16 years of age.

- Self-diagnosable
- Also considered a psychological disorder
- More common in children and women
- Acute in nature, rarely chronic
- Asymptomatic
- Medium term: can last weeks or even months
- Treatment options available
- Lab tests, biopsy, skin culture tests are often required

Perioral dermatitis is an inflammatory rash that involves the skin around the mouth. It usually appears as a scaly or red bumpy rash accompanied by slight itching and burning sensation. Lip lick dermatitis occurs around the lips due to repeated licking.


The causes are
1. Repeated lip licking
2. Lip chewing
3. Thumb sucking
4. Excessive drooling
5. Bacterial or fungal infections


People may experience:
A visibility of a ring like red and scaly rash around and on the lips that might burn or cause an itch.


Self-care: Avoiding steroid creams and use or reduce makeup, cosmetics; avoid licking of lips and keep them untouched and clean.

Medications: Topical antibiotics, immunosuppressive creams, topical acne medications are advisable.

Specialists: Consult a physician for other concerns. At mfine, we provide a comprehensive treatment plan for optimum health.

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