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Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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  • Erosions on the lips

  • Lip cheilitis

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About the Symptom

Erosion of the lip refers to breakdown or inflammation of the outer layers of the surface on any part of the lip. This can be caused by infection, sun damage, allergic reactions, environmental factors and inflammation.

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

Generally, Lip sores can be related to:

  • Angular Cheilitis

    Inflammation of the corners of the lips. Causes include irritants, such as constant contact with saliva or excessive dryness, which then lead to overgrowth of yeast. Rarely it is associated with nutritional deficiencies and immune system disorders.

  • Lip Licker's Dermatitis

    A condition in which the lips are constantly irritated by saliva due to frequent lip licking. It is most common in school-aged children but can also be associated with impulse control disorders.

  • Behcet's Disease

    A rare autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body. Symptoms may include mouth and genital sores, as well as eye inflammation. As the disease progresses, joints and internal organs could also be affected.

  • Pellagra
  • Herpes Simplex
  • Cheilitis
  • Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis (JIA)
  • Immunodeficiency Syndrome

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Lip sores may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Scarlet Fever

    Scarlet fever is a bacterial infection (group A streptococcus) most common in children and teenagers. It causes redness and rashes with a pale area around the mouth. Modern antibiotics have made it less dangerous, but quick treatment is still important. It often comes with a sore throat and high fever.

  • Acute HIV Infection

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

Your doctor may ask these questions to check for this symptom:

  • Are there sores or erosions on your lips?

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References

  • Rogers RS 3rd. Common lesions of the oral mucosa. A guide to diseases of the lips, cheeks, tongue, and gingivae. Postgrad Med. 1992 May 1;91(6):141-8, 151-3. doi: 10.1080/00325481.1992.11701320. PMID: 1579526.

Reviewed By:

Sarita Nori, MD

Sarita Nori, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Sarita Nori was drawn to dermatology because of the intersection of science and medicine that is at the heart of dermatology. She feels this is what really allows her to help her patients. “There is a lot of problem-solving in dermatology and I like that,” she explains. “It’s also a profession where you can help people quickly and really make a difference in their lives.” | Some of the typical skin problems that Dr. Nori treats include skin cancers, psoriasis, acne, eczema, rashes, and contact dermatitis. Dr Nori believes in using all possible avenues of treatment, such as biologics, especially in patients with chronic diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. “These medications can work superbly, and they are really life-changing for many patients.” | Dr. Nori feels it’s important for patients to have a good understanding of the disease or condition that is affecting them. “I like to educate my patients on their problem and have them really understand it so they can take the best course of action. Patients always do better when they understand their skin condition, and how to treat it.”

Yukiko Ueda, MD

Yukiko Ueda, MD (Dermatology)

Dr. Ueda graduated from the Niigata University School of Medicine and trained at the University of Tokyo Medical School. She is currently a clinical assistant professor at the Department of Dermatology, Jichi Medical University, and holds several posts in the dermatology departments at Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Komagome Hospital, University of Tokyo, and the Medical Center of Japan Red Cross Society.

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