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Cause of dry itchy lips

I have a patient in her 20’s who recently had a baby. She had dry itchy lips with dry borders. She only developed this after childbirth. She has been using different kinds of products such as vitamin E and different lip balms with no improvement. She wondered if she was allergic to an ingredient in toothpaste but I suspect a contact allergy from something in the lip balm or a vitamin B-12 deficiency. Any thoughts?



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Hormonal changes might cause this or maybe the new mom being dehydrated, stressed and tired. I would suggest she use a very benign lip balm, drink plenty of fluids and see if it resolves itself.

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If she is breast feeding she probably dehydrated. I’d have her use Carmex…..if she’s not allergic to any of the ingredients. It works wonders for chapped lips. It can be hormones too. Woman and hormones cause all sorts of issues throughout life! Lol

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