| | Lip problem (not chapped lips)
I had some kind of reaction (whether virus, food allergy, or other cause) that made my upper lip act very much like a chapped lip accompanied by itching around (not on) my lips (I was not dehydrated or taking any medication when it happened) in a matter of one or two days. At first sign (day one) I started to use chapstick in hopes of preventing it getting any worse. Alas, it got much worse, and has lasted (dying out now) almost a week (?). I'm not really sure how long. My lips got very dry (crusty, I think).
The very outer part around my lips, especially my lower lip, got itchy (I had to take pain reliever to make it stop). Right about now it seems to be fading. This morning (a little while ago) I took my fingernail and scraped crusty, dead skin off of my upper lip. This caused my lips to get kind of wrinkly (lack of moisture?). There appear to be very, very tiny, almost unnoticable bumps that appear around my lips between the tan skin and my lips when this whole thing happens.
I would like to know if anyone has any idea of what this could be and what I could do to prevent this annoyance from happening again. I am worried it might be an STD, but I have done nothing to give myself an STD, so it is probably just my mild OCD-like paranoia kicking in. When this happend before, I complained about it a lot. My Mother, who is also a nurse, does not seem to make any big deal out of it, but it annoys me a lot - a lot worse than normal chapped lips. I believe it might be an allergic reaction to eating almonds, but why it would last so long is beyond me (I ate several assorted nuts and many almonds before this happened).
This *HAS* happened to me before. I take vitamin supplements. I am not depressed or stressed out at the moment. The only things that could have caused this are a visit to the dentist and eating nuts more than usual (mostly almonds).
Thanks in advance to any help offered.