Persistent Lip Sores: Seeking Relief After 7 Years

Persistent Lip Sores: Seeking Relief After 7 Years
Published on, 04 June, 2024. Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon and Verified by Dr.Galen Team
Patient Question

Hello Doctor,


I've had lip sores for about 7 years. What should I do?

Answered by Dr. Anna Chacon

Hello,

Thank you for reaching out to Dr. Galen. Please find the below response to your query.


Several potential reasons for the presence of chronic sores on the lips.

  1. Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV): Cold sores caused by HSV are common and can recur periodically, often triggered by stress, illness, or sun exposure.

  2. Angular Cheilitis: This condition can cause red, swollen patches in the corners of the mouth and may be caused by yeast infections, dry skin, or certain medical conditions.

  3. Allergic Contact Dermatitis: Reaction to certain lip products, toothpaste, food, or medication can lead to lip sores.

  4. Autoimmune Diseases: Conditions like lupus or Behçet's disease can cause persistent sores in the mouth and on the lips.

  5. Vitamin Deficiencies: Deficiencies in certain vitamins, such as B vitamins, can result in mouth and lip sores.

  6. Cancer: While rare, persistent sores on the lips that do not heal may be a sign of oral cancer.

It's crucial to seek a proper diagnosis from a healthcare provider to determine the exact cause of the chronic lip sores. Diagnostic tests such as blood tests, allergy testing, or a biopsy may be recommended to identify the underlying issue accurately. Consulting with a healthcare provider ensures appropriate treatment and management of the condition.


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