Contact Cheilitis – definition, cause , c/f, D/D, Rx
Definition Contact cheilitis is an acute inflammatory disorder of the lips.
Etiology Topical contact with various chemical agents.
Clinical features It is characterized by mild edema and erythema, followed by irritation and thick scaling (Fig. ). It is usually confined to the vermilion border of both lips. The diagnosis is based on clinical criteria and a skin patch test.
Differential diagnosis Exfoliative cheilitis, plasma-cell cheilitis.
Treatment Discontinuation of contact with chemicals; topical steroids.