Know When to See a Doctor
If minor lip woes get worse or dont go away on their own, its probably time to get medical help. Some lip problems, such as those caused by infection or poor nutrition, require a doctors intervention. If youre also suffering from problems like fatigue or frequent headaches, your cracked lips might be just one indicator of a bigger problem, like a vitamin or mineral deficiency. It takes supreme willpower to overcome the urge to soothe a cracked or dry lip, but its necessary. Constant licking, biting or picking can cause or complicate cheilitis, an inflamed, crusty patch that can form at the corners of your mouth. If you manage to avoid aggravating cheilitis but it doesnt go away, a doctor can help determine if its a bacterial, fungal or viral infection and prescribe a topical ointment. The good news is that weve got more information on the next page to help get your lips in top shape.