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When should I call the doctor about chapped lips?

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See a dermatologist if your problem persists. Chapping that doesn’t heal, despite regular use of lip balm, can be a sign of infection or a more serious problem, like cancer or a pre-cancer condition called actinic cheilitis.

From: Why Are My Lips Chapped? WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Dermatology:“Chapped Lips.”

Lauren Ploch, MD, professor of dermatology, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans.

De Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, St. Louis University, Missouri.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: “Does licking your lips when they’re chapped really help?”

Steven K. Grekin, DO, Grekin Skin Institute, Wyandotte, MI.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology:“Chapped Lips.”

Lauren Ploch, MD, professor of dermatology, Ochsner Medical Center, New Orleans.

De Anna Glaser, MD, professor of dermatology, St. Louis University, Missouri.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences: “Does licking your lips when they’re chapped really help?”

Steven K. Grekin, DO, Grekin Skin Institute, Wyandotte, MI.

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 17, 2017

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