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Old 05-03-2013, 01:21 PM   #1
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Swollen Lips

I just moved to Norman, OK, in Dec 2012. I used to have the problem of dry lips in the winter when I was in Japan and Richmond, VA. But in Norman I have the strange problem. It started only in the end of Feb 2013. One day, suddenly i felt a swelling and sweating kind of sense in my top of the upper lip and at the bottom of the lower lip which is basically around the lips. Initially it was mild, but as the time passed, the rate of sweating increased a lot and it tasted salty. I used to wipe them gently using tissue papers. When I woke up in the morning, the sweats were dried up around my lips and formed a dry layer around my lip and on the lip. It gave me a hard time that I can't open my mouth little wide and I can't smile or laugh. After troubling me for few days, the problem disappeared and few weeks later, the problem resurfaced again.

Can anyone suggest the cause and remedy for this allergy problem???

 
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Re: Swollen Lips

Swelling of the lips like this can be a sign of food allergy, toothpaste allergy, allergy to lip balms, soap, shaving cream etc. I would note what was eaten just prior to the swelling, and if you have changed toothpaste or anything new in toiletries, go back to what you used prior to having the allergy. The lips are sensitive and if this is happening at night it could even be from laundry detergent on pillow case. New medications are suspect too. Try to figure it out as it could worsen with time and continued exposure.

 
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Re: Swollen Lips

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Swelling of the lips like this can be a sign of food allergy, toothpaste allergy, allergy to lip balms, soap, shaving cream etc. I would note what was eaten just prior to the swelling, and if you have changed toothpaste or anything new in toiletries, go back to what you used prior to having the allergy. The lips are sensitive and if this is happening at night it could even be from laundry detergent on pillow case. New medications are suspect too. Try to figure it out as it could worsen with time and continued exposure.

Thank you very much for your analysis. I didn't think of toothpaste and the detergent. I will work on the inputs you gave. Do you have any suggestions how to control it or how to reduce the itching, hurting pain.

 
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Re: Swollen Lips

Yes, take some antihistamine, OTC like Allegra (fexofenadine), Claritin (loratidine) or Benadryl when it occurs. The first two are non drowsy, the 3rd is better at night for helping you sleep. Zyrtec is also good, but makes some people drowsy. Benadryl is most potent but wears off in 4-6 hrs, so repeated doses may be needed until the swelling is gone.

 
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