Eczema on lips, also called lip dermatitis or eczematous cheilitis, causes the characteristic redness, dryness, and flaking of the lips.
Eczema belongs to a group of skin conditions that can cause itchy, cracked skin and painful blisters. People with eczema usually experience periods of flare-ups and remissions throughout their lives.
People can develop lip eczema due to genetic or environmental factors, such as irritants in lip products or lip licking habits.
In this article, we will know the details of eczema on lips and its causes, and symptoms with homeopathic treatment options.
What causes eczema on lips?
The true cause of eczema on lips is often unknown. This is usually due to an irritant, an allergy, or a family history of eczema.
Eczema on lips can also be caused by other factors such as:
- eat certain foods
- sensitivity to heat or cold
- have an upper respiratory tract infection
- come into contact with animal hair
Eczema on lips is an allergic reaction and is not contagious. You should make an appointment with your doctor if you think the rash is the result of an allergic reaction.
Your doctor may use a patch test, a common way to determine the cause of your allergy. During a patch test, several chemicals will be applied to your skin, usually on your back. These chemicals are part of the sticky patch. They usually stay on your skin for about 48 hours to see if you feel any reaction.
If the patch test does not show a reaction, a prick test can be used. This test is done on the inside of the forearm. The allergist will apply a drop of the chemical to your arm and then prick it, allowing the chemical to be absorbed through your skin. The results are checked within 20-30 minutes. Don’t be nervous about an allergy test. The number of allergens used in the test is small and any reaction you experience should be limited to the test site.
Eczema on lips symptoms:
Eczema on lips can occur on one or both lips, and can also affect the skin in and around the mouth.
Symptoms of eczema on lips are below:
- red rash on or around the lips
- dryness or flaking
- cracked or flaky skin
Homeopathic Remedies for Eczema:
Main Homeopathic remedies for Eczema on lips are below:
People who need this remedy are usually anxious, restless, obsessively clean, and tidy. The skin is dry, itchy, and burns badly. Scratching can aggravate itching, and applying heat will provide relief. With Arsenicum, there is often an upset stomach, with burning pains and a general feeling of chilliness.
This remedy is suitable for people who are cold with sweaty hands and feet and are prone to developing eczema and chapped skin that gets worse in winter. They tire easily during physical exertion and feel anxious and overwhelmed if they are sick or overtired. Cravings for sweets and eggs, a slow metabolism, and a tendency to weight problems are other signs of Calcarea Carbonica.
People who may react to this medicine have hard or leathery skin with cracks and pain, and often have a history of long-term skin conditions (impetigo, herpes, etc.). Areas behind the ears, around the mouth, or on the arms are often fissured, with golden oozing discharges hardening into crusts. The itching is worse when warm in bed, and the person often scratches the irritated areas until they bleed.
This remedy may be useful for very sensitive and chilly people whose eczema is extremely painful and easily infected. The skin, especially on the hands and feet, looks weathered and deeply chapped and heals very slowly. The person usually feels vulnerable and irritable, with a low resistance to disease and infection.
A person in need of this remedy often has great restlessness, physically felt in the stomach. Intensely itchy rashes begin as blisters, then become wet and form thick crusts, and scratching can lead to thickening of the skin. Cold applications often relieve itching (although the person is usually chilly). Thirst for fat and a tendency to feel better in the open air are additional indications for Mezereum.
This medicine can help a person whose eczema is blistering like a rash that looks red and swollen, itches a lot and is soothed by warm applications. The person is agitated with discomfort and is often very irritable and anxious. Muscle stiffness is also possible, ameliorated by heat and motion. A person in need of Rhus tox often wants cold milk.
Strong burning, itching, inflamed eruptions, worse from heat and bathing, indicate the need for this remedy. The affected areas may be red, with peeling or crusting on the skin. The rash may be dry or wet. This remedy is sometimes useful for people who have repeatedly used medications and ointments for eczema without success.
Other Homeopathic Remedies for Eczema on lips
People who can be helped by this remedy suffer from eczema with thick, cracked skin and are also prone to indigestion. They tend to be sensitive and sentimental, love to eat (they love pickles, vinegar, and other acidic foods), and maybe overweight. Children may be shy and irritable, insisting not to be touched or looked at. Itching is aggravated by exposure to heat and sun. Antimonium crudum is often indicated in impetigo, plantar warts, and calluses, and also in eczema.
This remedy may be useful when allergic rashes are concentrated on the lower part of the face, especially around the mouth. The chin may be chapped, hot, and irritated. The lips are chapped (and the person who picks them usually believes this), and the nostrils may hurt. People in need of this remedy are often prone to throat irritation and hoarseness.
This remedy (in dynamized homeopathic form) can be useful if irritated skin is prone to infection. Topical application of un potentized herb in the form of a lotion, gel, or tincture soothes irritated skin and can often relieve inflammation and prevent infection without artificially suppressing it.
This remedy is indicated for people whose skin is very dry and prone to cracking, especially on their fingertips and palms. Eczema on lips worsens in winter, with deep, painful cracks that often bleed. The person feels a sensation of cold after scratching. The itching is worse at night and when getting warm in bed. The skin becomes easily infected and can become tough and leathery due to chronic irritation.