The lips are often associated with beauty but they can also be a window to your health. In fact, the skin of our lips is thinner than any other part of our body. It has just a third of the cellular layers of our normal skin. Moreover, lips do not have any moisturizing sweat glands, and this means that dry and cracked lips are an inevitability. So we need to keep our lips hydrated and protected, but sometimes your lips can experience some problems even if they are hydrated and when this happens it means that there may be something wrong with your health. To know what your lips are trying to say about your health, here are the problems to watch out for:
1. Dry Lips: This symptom is usually caused by basic dehydration or extreme and drying weather. If chugging the H2O doesn’t make the problem go away, the discomfort may be caused by an allergy. Allergies cause swelling of the skin which irritates the affected area. This could happen because of the food you eat or the makeup you wear, so it is better to get an allergy test. And if you have consistently dry lips, try not to lick them as saliva may cause them to crack and peel more.
2. Swollen Lips: Swollen lips are sometimes caused by Crohn’s disease, which normally causes swelling in the bowel but can inflame the lymph ducts at any point in the body. Swollen lips can also indicate a food sensitivity.
3. Burning Lips: Burning in the lips, throat, and tongue has been linked to B-12 deficiency, as well as depression and menopause. There is a huge amount of sensory equipment in the brain, which can become overly sensitive when there is a psychological imbalance.
4. Chapped Lips: Persistently sore, chapped lips can indicate an allergy. This can swell the lips slightly, which causes the skin to crack and peel. The irritant could be anything from dentist’s gloves to lipstick or peanuts. Pay attention to your cosmetics and consider an allergy test.
5. Pale Lips: If your lips have gone from a rosy red to a pale pink, you may be suffering from anemia. Paleness of the skin can also result from low blood sugar or lack of sun. However, if the lips take on a blueish hue, that is more serious and could be the result of the blood not getting enough oxygen due to a heart or lung problem. Lips are red because the thin skin allows for more visible blood vessels. Anything affecting the blood will eventually show through the transparent skin of the lips.