The lips are associated with beauty but their condition can also speak volumes about your general health. Here are the symptoms you need to pay attention to.
Cracks at the side of the mouth are sometimes due to anaemia, which occurs when there is a shortage of iron in the body.
Cracks can also be a sign of diabetes, because the high level of blood glucose which accompanies the disease encourages the growth of candida, a yeast-like infection which typically attacks the thin dermis at the corners of the mouth.
This can be a sign of depression. There is a huge amount of sensory equipment in the brain, which can become overly sensitive when there is a psychological imbalance.
Dry and chapped
You’re probably dehydrated, so instead of swiping on another layer of lip balm, pour yourself a tall glass of water instead and tackle problem from the inside out.
The hidden problems range from the harmless (you ate a colorful lollipop) to the severe (liver disease). See your doctor if the discoloration isn’t going away or if it’s accompanied by other symptoms. One more cause: smoking.
This is another allergy symptom, increasingly caused by the high consumption of carbonated drinks. Doctors report seeing more people who have developed an allergy to the benzoic acid content of fizzy drinks and toothpaste, probably because they are consuming them in greater quantities.
Cold sores are the result of the herpes virus, but don’t worry — gone are the days when people with herpes were subject to the whims of sore breakouts. Usually people feel a tingling before the cold sore surfaces. She also recommends avoiding triggers like excessive sunlight.
The skin on the lips contains fewer sebaceous glands than the rest of the skin and so is prone to drying out faster than other areas.
When children or adults lick their lips excessively they dry out the few oils there are, leaving the tissue and area around the mouth dry and vulnerable to infections.
Heart conditions and lung problems both affect the amount of oxygen being carried in the blood, and when this level drops significantly the lips take on a bluish tone, instead of a healthy deep pink. Pale pink lips are a common side-effect of anaemia.