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I am a 61 year old female who is overweight, but with no

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I am a 61 year old female who is overweight, but with no other medical problems, no medications. Over the last 3 or four years I have experienced on 3 or 4 occasions a swelling and chapping of my lips, especially the upper lip. Over the course of 2 to 3 days it will worsen, and then take up to a week to slowly go away.
JA: OK. Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: The first time that this happened, I had been drinking a lot of hot apple cider type drink that are made in a Kuerig, but the other times, there were no obvious changes in my diet.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

Hi, this is Dr Phil, here to assist you. I am Board Certified with over 10 years of experience. I will respond with my answer shortly. Thank you.

Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

do you have a pic?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no, i don't have a picture, but it looks a little red, slightly chapped, and like I had a bee sting or an injection, which I haven't.
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I prefer live chat, not the phone
Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Hello?
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

Yes, I'm here.

can you email me a pic?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I don't have a picture.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

can you take one?

do you have a camera phone?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no, I don't.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

It is really impossible for me to know for sure but I would like you to look up pics of cheilitis

it is a fungal infection of the lips

is that what it looks like?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
let me check
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

ok let me know

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
No. Its not the corners, like a cold sore, but rather the entire lip
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

Yes, but the corners looks like it?

cheilitis can involve the whole lip.

not just the corners

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
It looks and feels like someone gave you a fat lip, not like cold sores on the edges, there is typically not much swelling or chapping on the edges as at the center.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

do you take any medicine?

specifically blood pressure medicine?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
no, I don't take any medications, except Excedrin occasinally. I had three Excedrin, ( aspirin/tylenol) yesterday
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

could it be an allergy to something?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I haven't had anything out of the norm. As I said, the first time it happened, I assumed it might be a reaction to the fake apple cider drinks from the Kuerig, But since then, no new dietary changes stand out.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

I really can't be sure without a picture. I'm sorry

you need to figure out a way to do that

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
Thank you for your time. Goodbye.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 10 months ago.

bye