What is cheilitis?
Cheilitis is a broad term which is used to describe the inflammatory condition of the lips,cheilitis also called chapped lips
Cheilitis can occur in perioral skin(the skin around the mouth), vermilion border (the junction of the lips and skin), or labial mucosa (the mucous membrane lining the inner aspect of the lips.
- Cheilitis may occur in response to allergy from anything such as lipstick, cosmetics, drugs, toothpaste, rubbers, metals such as nickel.
- It may occur due to excessive exposure to sun, dry heat or cold weather.
- Some internal reasons may trigger conditions such as autoimmune disorder, oral infection
- It is age-related, it is common in adults due to sagging of the skin
- People with weak immune systems are more prone to developing cheilitis.
- Generally, this condition is found in those people who spend more time outside such as landscapers, fishermen, or outdoors athletes, farmers, construction work, hikers sailors.
- People who have light skin tone also prone to develop actinic cheilitis
- Lack of nutrients in the diet such as vitamin B or iron can trigger the condition
- Smoking, chewing tobacco and alcohol
- Children who are having a habit of sucking the thumb.
- If any persons having sagging skin around your mouth from weight loss
- If having a habit of licking the lips frequently
- Unfit dentures cause repeated injury to lips or mouth can also lead the cheilitis.
- Sometimes braces can cause it
- Some medical condition also triggered the condition such as anemia, cancers of blood, diabetes, down syndrome, cancer of the kidney, liver, lung or pancreatic cancer.
- Chronic sun exposure or severe sunburn can damage the skin cells and increase the chances of cellular mutations
- Sex -it is three times more common in women than males
- In some people, the lips are more turned outward instead of inward. these people are more prone