Yeowch and everybody else in this thread, the problem you have is an inflammation of the lips which might lead to the chronic peeling lips.
Your condition is most likely caused by a sudden onset of intolerance to something or a sudden onset of allergy to something.
Most people suffering from allergies, are not borne with allergies, but have a sudden onset of allergy at some point in their life.
For women, it may be caused by antibiotics or by the use or exposure to artificial hormones or IUD (birth prevention ? )
What is that something you are allergic to or you are intolerant of?
That something might be something different for different people, but if we compile a list of all people who identified the main trigger of their inflammation, on top of the list of all triggers is GLUTEN.
Other common triggers are:
- other grains like rice, corn, oats, etc...
- milk and milk products
- Sugar added to food
- food preservatives and food additives like nitrates , nitrites , sulfates , benzoates , ...
- airborne triggers like cat dander and dog dander and pollen and dust mites
- any common house chemicals like laundry detergent or other chemicals used in cleaning ...
- Mirena IUD
- birth control
Follow the links below to find a list of people who identified what caused their problem and who solved the problem.
Just wondering if anyone with cold hands has taken Kelp supplements (contain Iodine)? It's something to try to rule out Iodine deficiency.
"Chronically dry and cracking lips could be a sign of Iodine deficiency. You won’t find this in a textbook, and there’s no research to back me up on it, but I have seen Iodine correct dry lips virtually overnight. The first time I noticed it was in my former assistant who used to drink all the bottled water in the office in a futile attempt to moisten her lips. When I found out that she also happened to be cold all the time it occurred to me that she might need iodine. Sure enough the day after she took her first iodine pill she told me her lips felt smoother. She continued to take it every day and, a few weeks later, she also commented that she wasn’t as cold any more. Since then I have seen similar results many times.
If your lips are not particularly dry, but you experience recurrent cracking and even bleeding at the edges between the upper and lower lips, you have a well-known and researched sign of vitamin B2 (riboflavin) deficiency."
I am so so soooo glad i bumped on your story, thank you , thank you so much for sharing this, I ac...
I am so so soooo glad i bumped on your story, thank you , thank you so much for sharing this, I actually signed up on this page only to thank you.
I have been exploring the web for so long trying to find a cure for my ugly lips, I didnt even know my condition was called EXFOLIATIVE CHEILITIS, i started getting it since a few months and it is driving me crazy. I am married and my husband couldnt understand my isolated behavior.
But thanks to you i know have a cure, I have been using glycolic acid cream on my face for a long time but i never ever thot of using it on my lips.
Hi Emma, no problem, glad I could help. ... ... I have mouth breathing at night. Very hard proble...
Hi Emma, no problem, glad I could help.
I have mouth breathing at night. Very hard problem to stop (have been wearing this ridiculous looking chin-strap thing for a while, which helps a bit). I don't think it's the only problem in relation to EC, though. It's most likely like additive factors which prevent the lips from achieving homoeostasis. I definitely think xerostomia is a big factor in this, though.
Very Swollen Lips in the Morning Plus Sleeping Position
Does anyone else here suffer with very swollen and irritated lips in the morning? My lips always seem worse in the morning and tend to feel less irritated as the day goes on. Also, what sleeping position do people here adopt?
I find it really difficult to sleep on my back and tend to like sleeping on my front. However, this is proving difficult with crusted lips so I just tilt my head to the side and sleep with a travel pillow. I'm thinking of trying to train myself to sleep on my back with my head elevated with a wedge pillow to see if it will make a difference.