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Content updated on Sep 20, 2022

What is cheilitis?

Inflammation of the lips. Causes include infection (bacterial, viral or fungal) and irritants e.g. constant contact with saliva, excessive dryness.

Symptoms of cheilitis

  • Scaly skin that flakes off

  • Spots in mouth

  • Lip redness

Questions your doctor may ask to check for cheilitis

Your doctor may ask these questions to diagnose cheilitis

  • Do you have scaly skin that flakes off?

  • Do you have spots or boils in your mouth?

  • Are your lips bright red?

Treatment for cheilitis

Lip balm and petroleum jelly can keep the lips moist. Treatment also depends on the cause. Antibiotic or antifungal creams can be given in infections, or vitamin supplements in deficiencies.

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