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An eight-year-old girl presented with relatively asymptomatic hyperpigmented lesion over the perioral area of two months’ duration. She had history of similar lesions previously during the same season. There was no history of any topical application. She acknowledged the habit of regular lip licking, as her lips feel dry. On examination, she had well defined hyperpigmented scaly plaque on the perioral area, involving the vermilion border of upper lip, but sparing a 4–5mm zone below the vermilion border of lower lip. Lips were dry and erythematous with mild scaling of upper lip (Figure 1).

This is a case of lip-lick cheilitis seen predominantly in seven- to 15-year old age group due to habitual licking of perioral area and lips. This condition is an irritant contact dermatitis due to saliva.1 Atopy, exposure to dry, cold wind causing chapping of lips and in some cases, underlying stress are predisposing factors.2 Treatment primarily includes avoidance of lip licking and frequent application of emollients.3

Figure 1: Showing lip-lick cheilitis with hyperpigmented scaly plaque on the perioral area and lips.

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Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

PN Mini, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Sree Gokulam Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India; TM Anoop, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Dr TM Anoop, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Regional Cancer centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, South India.

Correspondence Email

dranooptm@yahoo.co.in

Competing Interests

Nil.

  1. Zoli V, Silvani S, Vincenzi C, Tosti A. Allergic contact cheilitis. Contact Dermatitis 2006; 54:296.
  2. Lim SW, Goh CL. Epidemiology of eczematous cheilitis at a tertiary dermatological referral centre in Singapore. Contact Dermatitis 2000; 43:322.
  3. Zug KA, Kornik R, Belsito DV, et al. Patch-testing North American lip dermatitis patients: data from the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, 2001 to 2004. Dermatitis 2008; 19:202.

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An eight-year-old girl presented with relatively asymptomatic hyperpigmented lesion over the perioral area of two months’ duration. She had history of similar lesions previously during the same season. There was no history of any topical application. She acknowledged the habit of regular lip licking, as her lips feel dry. On examination, she had well defined hyperpigmented scaly plaque on the perioral area, involving the vermilion border of upper lip, but sparing a 4–5mm zone below the vermilion border of lower lip. Lips were dry and erythematous with mild scaling of upper lip (Figure 1).

This is a case of lip-lick cheilitis seen predominantly in seven- to 15-year old age group due to habitual licking of perioral area and lips. This condition is an irritant contact dermatitis due to saliva.1 Atopy, exposure to dry, cold wind causing chapping of lips and in some cases, underlying stress are predisposing factors.2 Treatment primarily includes avoidance of lip licking and frequent application of emollients.3

Figure 1: Showing lip-lick cheilitis with hyperpigmented scaly plaque on the perioral area and lips.

c

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

PN Mini, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Sree Gokulam Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India; TM Anoop, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Dr TM Anoop, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Regional Cancer centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, South India.

Correspondence Email

dranooptm@yahoo.co.in

Competing Interests

Nil.

  1. Zoli V, Silvani S, Vincenzi C, Tosti A. Allergic contact cheilitis. Contact Dermatitis 2006; 54:296.
  2. Lim SW, Goh CL. Epidemiology of eczematous cheilitis at a tertiary dermatological referral centre in Singapore. Contact Dermatitis 2000; 43:322.
  3. Zug KA, Kornik R, Belsito DV, et al. Patch-testing North American lip dermatitis patients: data from the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, 2001 to 2004. Dermatitis 2008; 19:202.

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contact nzmj@nzma.org.nz

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An eight-year-old girl presented with relatively asymptomatic hyperpigmented lesion over the perioral area of two months’ duration. She had history of similar lesions previously during the same season. There was no history of any topical application. She acknowledged the habit of regular lip licking, as her lips feel dry. On examination, she had well defined hyperpigmented scaly plaque on the perioral area, involving the vermilion border of upper lip, but sparing a 4–5mm zone below the vermilion border of lower lip. Lips were dry and erythematous with mild scaling of upper lip (Figure 1).

This is a case of lip-lick cheilitis seen predominantly in seven- to 15-year old age group due to habitual licking of perioral area and lips. This condition is an irritant contact dermatitis due to saliva.1 Atopy, exposure to dry, cold wind causing chapping of lips and in some cases, underlying stress are predisposing factors.2 Treatment primarily includes avoidance of lip licking and frequent application of emollients.3

Figure 1: Showing lip-lick cheilitis with hyperpigmented scaly plaque on the perioral area and lips.

c

Summary

Abstract

Aim

Method

Results

Conclusion

Author Information

PN Mini, Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Sree Gokulam Medical College, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India; TM Anoop, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Regional Cancer Centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, India.

Acknowledgements

Correspondence

Dr TM Anoop, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Oncology, Regional Cancer centre, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, South India.

Correspondence Email

dranooptm@yahoo.co.in

Competing Interests

Nil.

  1. Zoli V, Silvani S, Vincenzi C, Tosti A. Allergic contact cheilitis. Contact Dermatitis 2006; 54:296.
  2. Lim SW, Goh CL. Epidemiology of eczematous cheilitis at a tertiary dermatological referral centre in Singapore. Contact Dermatitis 2000; 43:322.
  3. Zug KA, Kornik R, Belsito DV, et al. Patch-testing North American lip dermatitis patients: data from the North American Contact Dermatitis Group, 2001 to 2004. Dermatitis 2008; 19:202.

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