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Dermatology

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Content updated on May 23, 2022

When to See a Doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Disorder of consciousness

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

  • Repeated fever above 38 ℃

  • Edema

Possible Causes

  • Angular cheilitis

    Inflammation of the corners of the lips. Causes include infection (bacterial, viral or fungal) and irritants e.g. constant contact with saliva, excessive dryness. It is more common in people with nutritional deficiencies and immune system disorders.

  • Cheilitis

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

  • Candidiasis (oral, hands and feet)

    Normal human skin contains bacteria and fungi. Candidiasis happens when the fungus overgrows and invades the skin. Risk factors include warm moist environments, and a weakened immune system.

  • Shingles
  • Lip licker's dermatitis
  • Stomatitis
  • Pellagra
  • Herpes simplex

Related Serious Diseases

  • Acute HIV infection

    Acute HIV infection is the initial period (1 month) post-HIV infection. The virus multiplies rapidly and attacks your CD4+ cells (a type of immune cells). The viral load and the risk of transmission is high. Risk factors include sharing needles, having unprotected sex and pricks by contaminated needles (e.g. via tattoos, blood transfusions or needle stick injuries).

  • Kawasaki disease

Questions your doctor may ask about this symptom

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom

  • Do you have sores or erosions on your lips?

  • Do you have itchy skin?

  • Do you have any pain or tingling in the affected areas of the skin?

  • Do you have skin redness?

  • Do you have a fever?

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