I have terribly painful, red, blistered, swollen lips. It started three weeks ago. A week and a half ago I saw a dermatologist PA and she told me to use Aquaphor and Fluocinolone Acetonide for two weeks - followed by Protopic for the following two weeks. I am in misery! My lips feel like they are on fire and getting worse. There are little blisters all over both lips and extending below my bottom lip. The Aquaphor seems to be doing nothing (vaseline feels better). The Floucinolone Acetonide helps for about 10 minutes twice a day. I called the doctor back and they said there was nothing else I can do.
I had something similar (but not nearly as bad) about 3-4 years ago and it lasted a year.
Has anyone found any solution to something like this? I know I could not stand it for a full year - three weeks had been awful...
From the symptoms it can be contact dermatitis or cold sores. It is caused due to HSV1. Pain, burning, tingling, or itching occurs at the infection site before the sores appear. Then clusters of blisters erupt which break down. You need to get some investigations like sample from the sores to identify the virus, culture analysis, Tzanck smear, antigen and antibody studies and blood sampling for antibody studies done to confirm the diagnosis. My sincere advice would be to consult a dermatologist.
It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care and please do keep me posted on how you are doing.
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