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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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  • Upper lip hurts

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About the Symptom

Lip pain describes the pain or burning sensation of the lip when it becomes inflamed, irritated or cracked.

When to see a doctor

Seek professional care if you experience any of the following symptoms

  • Edema

  • Fever

  • Facial edema

  • Numbness / sensory disorder

Possible Causes

Generally, Lip pain or itch can be related to:

  • Candidiasis (Oral, Hands and Feet)

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

  • 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.

  • Herpes Simplex

    Painful blisters caused by herpes simplex virus infection. This can happen on the lips (cold sores) or groin (genital herpes). After the first infection, the virus stays dormant in the body. If the immune system weakens, such as from lack of sleep, the virus can reactivate.

  • Angular Cheilitis
  • Cheilitis
  • Cushing's Syndrome
  • Behcet's Disease
  • Trigeminal Neuralgia

Related serious diseases

Sometimes, Lip pain or itch may be related to these serious diseases:

  • Stevens-Johnson Syndrome / Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis

    This serious condition affects the skin and mucous membranes, causing rashes, blisters, and peeling. It can be life threatening. The cause may be a reaction to medication, an infection, or environmental and genetic factors. Those with compromised immune systems are at higher risk.

  • Drug Rash

Doctor's Diagnostic Questions

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

  • Are your lips itchy or painful?

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References

  • Malamos D, Scully C. Sore or Swollen Lips Part 1- Causes and Diagnosis. Dent Update. 2016 Nov;43(9):874-6, 879-82. doi: 10.12968/denu.2016.43.9.874. PMID: 29152959.

  • Malamos D, Scully C. Sore or Swollen Lips Part 2: Systemic Causes. Dent Update. 2016 Dec;43(10):971-6, 978-80. doi: 10.12968/denu.2016.43.10.971. PMID: 29155539.

  • Malamos D, Scully C. Sore or Swollen Lips Part 3: Diagnosis and Treatment. Dent Update. 2017 Jan;44(1):70-2, 74. doi: 10.12968/denu.2017.44.1.70. PMID: 29172315.

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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