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swollen lips

I recently went on vacation and was fine until I went snorkelling. Once I went into the salt water my bottom inside  lip began to tingle and has been sore sine. I went back into the sea a couple of days later to swim with the sea turtles and now my bottom lip is really swollen and is white inside, has anyone had this before?
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351246 tn?1379685732
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Hi
Thanks for writing to the forum!
You are either suffering from contact dermatitis or from allergy to some food or sea material. You must get an allergy test done, either a skin test or RAST, to know what you are allergic to.

• Weak acid solutions [lemon juice, vinegar] can be used to counteract the effects of dermatitis contracted by exposure to basic irritants [phenol etc.].
• If blistering develops, cold moist compresses applied for 30 minutes 3 times a day can offer relief.
• Calamine lotion and cool colloidal oatmeal baths may relieve itching.
• Oral antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl, Ben-Allergin) can also relieve itching.
• For mild cases that cover a relatively small area, hydrocortisone cream in nonprescription strength may be sufficient.
• Avoid scratching, as this can cause secondary infections.
Refer: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contact_dermatitis#Treatment
It is difficult to comment beyond this at this stage, without examining the lip. Do consult a skin specialist. Please let me know if there is any thing else and do keep me posted. Take care!

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