Chapped lips are basically self explanatory, but if you need a scientific definition, chapped lips are defined as being dry and cracked. Chapped lips may be cause by the evaporation of moisture in very warm climates. The medical term for chapped lips is known as Chelitis where the lips appear, scaly, inflamed and crack. The great thing is that chapped lips is not a life threatening condition and they can be prevented and maintained with proper treatment and ointments that help sooth cracked and dry lips.
Chapped Lips Causes
Some common causes of one having chelitis or chapped lips include:
- High doses of Vitamin A
- Extremely hot or cold weather
- Change in the climate
- Vitamin definecey
Symptoms of Chapped Lips
The symptoms of chapped lips are very easy to identify some of the symptoms may include:
- Scaly lips
- Swelling of the lips
- Redness of lips
- Cracked, inflamed, or dry lips
- Sometimes a tingling or burning sensation may be felt
Treatment & Home Remedies for Chapped Lips
The great thing about chapped lips is that they are treatable at an affordable price and the most effective treatments may be found at your local drug store.
Depending upon the cause of the chapped lips, the treatment for the lips can begin. If one fears dehydration is behind the chapped lips, then all one has to do is get fluids into the individual. In most cases this is simply a matter of giving the individual water to drink. In more extreme cases, the individual must be admitted into the hospital to receive intravenous fluids. If one fears evaporation is behind the chapped lips, which is very common with children, then the behavior change of not allowing licking of the lips can put an immediate stop to the damage being done to the lip. It can also ease the pain that the individual felt while speaking, eating and laughing due to the sore and cracked lips. If the problem may be an addiction, slowly weaning yourself off the Chap Stick may help significantly. While it is not suggested that the Chap Stick should be discarded completely, the limited use of the stick is recommended.
Try to use lip balm/chap stick that has SPF in it to help protect your lips from the sun and keep them moist
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated throughout the day
Take vitamins, especially if you have chapped lips due to a vitamin definecy