LIP SERVICE

Unlike other parts of the skin, lips do not contain oil glands, so they are a great deal more susceptible to drying out and chapping (cracking). While this may be an occasional problem for most people, some may develop “cheilitis,” which is a more severe form of chapped lips. Characterized by cracked skin at the corners of the lips, cheilitis can be caused by an infection. The condition may produce ulcers and white plaques on the surface of the lips, which may be lumpy and appear dark pink or red. These symptoms often do not respond to self-help measures and require medical treatment from a dermatologist. Cheilitis is most common in patients over the age of 59.
Chelitis may progress to more widespread impetigo or candidal skin infection on the adjacent skin and elsewhere. If you are concerned about your skin, you may want to contact ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY. Please call 630-832-2111 to schedule an appointment at our office located at 103 N. Haven, Suite 7.

Todd T. Davis, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. Dental trauma and excessive saliva production may transform a regular case of chapped lips into cheilitis.

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CONTAGIOUS CHILDHOOD SKIN INFECTION

The highly contagious skin infection known as “impetigo,” which primarily affects infants and children, is caused by streptococcal or staphylococcal bacteria, or both. The infection produces symptoms of red sores, often on the face, especially around a child’s nose and mouth. The condition starts as tiny, barely perceptible blisters on the skin, usually at the site of a skin abrasion, scratch, or insect bite. The sores then burst and develop honey-colored crusts. Because impetigo spreads through contact and may spread quickly to other children, it should be treated immediately. Impetigo may clear on its own in two to three weeks, but antibiotics can shorten the course of the disease and help prevent the spread to others.

When properly treated, the lesions of impetigo heal with little to no scarring. Prompt, effective treatment also diminishes the chances of serious secondary complications that could affect the kidneys, joints, bones, and lungs. When you have any dermatological problem, you may call ELMHURST DERMATOLOGY at 630-832-2111. We strive to provide the highest quality care to our patients.

Todd T. Davis, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist

P.S. While impetigo typically is not dangerous, potential complications include kidney problems.

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