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Old 07-20-2008, 08:19 AM   #1
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redness, burning around lips

It is now going on 2 months with this problem. It started with stinging and throbbing on lips. Figured it was allergy to some lip gloss or something. Haven't figured that out yet. Doctor prescribed Fluocininide cream for 2 weeks. Didn't help, but soothed the pain initially. Did allergy testing. Allergic to Myocin, Formaldehyde, Potassium Dichromate, and Fragrance. Started using less strong steroid cream. Both would just make it crusty and difficult to scrape off wax from cream, and really painful after. Burning and redness started spreading outside lip, all around lips. Saw another Derm who prescribed Prednisone, starting with 60 mg for 2 days, then tapering by 5 mg every 2 days, and another steroid cream (non generic, Locoid Lipo). Initially helped (the first day). Then got worse again.

Second week she said go back to 60 mg and start tapering again. Did not like side effects of Prednisone. Jaw pressure, difficulty breathing, extremely emotional, not to mention moon face... So now it's been almost 3 weeks on Prednisone. Need to get off, so am tapering as quickly as possible, according to Dr instructions. The burning around lips is ridiculous. The redness, burning and throbbing is not so much on the lips anymore, only AROUND. Nothing seems to help. Must be allergic to something. Can't figure out what. Only using Vaseline for relief, as the creams don't help. But need something to kill the pain.

If this was an allergy, wouldn't it clear up eventually? I am in the cosmetics industry, and we are doing major remodeling in our store. But it doesn't get better even when I am home for days at a time. Haven't used ANY lipstick or gloss in over a month, only Vaseline. HELP!!

 
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Old 07-20-2008, 04:03 PM   #2
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Re: redness, burning around lips

IT does verywell sound like an allergy, have you had an dental work done in the past few months? I'd look into patch testing although it soudns like you've had then done already, although I'm not sure exactly what u got tested for. try vitamin E oil on your lips instead of vaseline.

I'd get your mouth checked out for any lesions and what not. Best of luck

 
Old 07-20-2008, 09:17 PM   #3
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Question Re: redness, burning around lips

Forgot to mention, no lesions or sores inside mouth, just the redness, tightness, and burning outside. Also, forgot, Doc put me on an antibiotic a week ago, just in case it could possibly be an infection (I sure was wishing it was!!!) But, it must not be, as nothing has improved. I thought about the dental thing. I did have a filling replaced with a new white filling in March, but I think that was too long ago to be the culprit. It's the wierdest thing! I might try the Vitamin E oil. Wouldn't it be hilarious if I was allergic to Vaseline??? Thanks for responding!

 
Old 07-21-2008, 12:08 AM   #4
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Re: redness, burning around lips

well vaseline has petrolatum in it as one of it's main ingredients, I doubt that's the root of your problem but it could be a secondary reaction. I was researchign Perioral dermatitis and it states that petrolatum among other things can aggrivate PD. there's a whole list of things that have been know to aggreviate PD ,SLS ,fluoride just to name a couple

March does seem like a long time ago, it possible since the level of exposure(this being hypothetical of course) was low (only a small amout of allergen in your mouth / saliva) that it took a long time for you to develop symptoms(months in your case)

Try sticking gauze or rolled up toilet paper inside your mouth creating a barrier. Leave it for a while, pay attention to how you feel
if you get some relief which is a sign that it's something from inside your mouth that's causing the problem. If you get any relief from this I'd consider going to your dentist and getting that filling removed or you could get patch tested for all the material in that type of dental paste.

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Old 07-22-2008, 01:54 AM   #5
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Re: redness, burning around lips

It's probably a good idea to pursue the dental thing. Though it just seems too weird. They might know at the office what ingredients are in the fillings. I'll try the gauze thing too. Thanks!

 
Old 12-30-2008, 01:42 PM   #6
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Re: redness, burning around lips

Hi Margy,
You haven't posted in a while. Hope you doing fine.
What were the results from your pursuit of a possible dental allergy?

 
Old 12-31-2008, 12:33 AM   #7
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Hello!

Well, funny you should ask.....I finally was referred to a dermatologist who specialized in cosmetic allergies. That was in late August. He did a bunch of tape tests on my back and found out that I was allergic to an impurity in a mild sudsing agent called cocamidopropyl betaine, which is in almost everything I used from shampoo to body and hand soaps, but especially my husband's and my toothpastes!!!! I am also allergic to curry and turmeric (spices). I found that I was aggravating it all summer with a lightening serum I was using that had turmeric in. I found out that turmeric is an antioxident and therefore, decided to look in those ingredients. Needless to say, once I cleared everything out of my house, I am PERFECT!! I still feel a little tightness from time to time, but no problem......Thanks for asking! Hope you have a Happy New Year!
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Re: redness, burning around lips

Isn't that strange?
If you were allergic to some of those items, wouldn't the prednisone had relieved those symptoms during your dosing phase?

 
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Re: redness, burning around lips

Also, how long did it take for your symptoms to clear up?

 
Old 01-01-2009, 04:08 PM   #10
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Re: redness, burning around lips

It does seem strange that while taking the Prednisone, it only seemed to get worse, but I guess it would be because I was still being exposed to the culprits. Plus the Prednisone only made me fluffy and emotionally crazy and miserable.

Once I found out what I was allergic to, in late August, I immediately cleaned house and threw out everything on the list. But I didn't realize I was still aggravating things with my Clinique Even Better Skin Tone Corrector. Until my daughter and I did some research on Turmeric and found out it was sometimes used as a skin lightener in some countries. I immediately looked at the ingredients, and there it was. Once I stopped that, it slowly got better each day. I think it was early October I actually wore lipstick for the first time. So I'm thinking about two months to clear up. Maybe a little more.

 
Old 10-06-2010, 06:20 PM   #11
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Re: redness, burning around lips

Hi there

I have recently had really dry, burning, occasionally swollen and sore lips too. It was driving me crazy and no amount of moisturising would help. I go to a great chiropractor in Sydney, Australia, Gina Martins. Gina is also a natural therapist, incorporating kinesiology and homoeopathics, vitamins etc. Gina tested me with kinesiology and it came up that I was suffering a virus. She prescribed homoeopathic drops for virus. 3 drop 3 x day for 3 days then 6 drops 3 x day for 3 days then 9 drops, 3 x per day until the bottle was finished. The homoeopathic she gave me is from Deseret Biologicals Inc. Virus 25 mls oral liquid - homoeopathic detox. See if you can find where to buy near to you. I can't se any other contact details on the bottle as Gina put her practice label over the top. After about 3 weeks my lips feel back to normal after months of burning and dryness. I hardly even need lip balm now, maybe just once per day. I hope others will read this and try it too. All the very best

 
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