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How to treat cracked lips

 

It may not sound like the most serious ailment to put up with.

But for anyone who has had to live with dry or chapped lips, they won’t be slow in telling you how uncomfortable and unpleasant it can be.

It’s something that can be brought on by both dry and cold weather, meaning it is a reasonable threat in Scotland all year round.

And it’s not just an issue of appearance; dry lips can also make eating, drinking and even talking a painful activity.

 

 

Things you can do to prevent dry lips

 

Fortunately, there are several ways in which chapped lips can be averted or controlled.

Our Rightdose online shop has plenty of options that are affordable and easy to use.

That includes different lip balms, meaning you can try another brand if a certain type isn’t working for you.

If you use lip balm regularly and accompany that with drinking plenty of fluids to prevent the lips from becoming dehydrated, you should soon notice a difference.

As winter approaches, covering your face with a scarf when outside can also help reduce cracking and dryness.

 

 

Things to avoid

 

There are some things, which can seem tempting in the moment, that you should avoid doing if you want your lips to recover.

Biting or picking at flaky bits on your lips can seriously delay getting better, and can actually make the situation worse.

A natural reaction when your lips are dry is to lick them, but that too can have a negative effect.

The best thing to do when you feel tempted to lick your lips is to reach for a lip balm and apply that instead.

 

 

Sharing’s not caring

 

Whatever you do, don’t share your lip balm with others.

Any infections you may have could easily be passed on to someone else, and you also risk making your own situation worse.

 

 

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What if lip balm isn’t working?

 

Some people confuse cracked lips and cold sores. In that case, you need to follow a different approach.

On rare occasions, your chapped lips may be the result of an infection, in which case your GP will recommend a course of treatment, such as antibiotics or anti-fungal cream.

If your lips become more painful, swollen or increasingly red in colour, that may be a sign that you need to consult a doctor.

 

 

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