Coldsores, Chapped Lips, Dry Lips / Mouth and Lips
Maintaining the health of your mouth and lips is essential. When healthy cells along the mouth’s lining become impaired, this can result in numerous oral health issues including dryness, soreness and infection. Lips sustain abuse on a daily basis, but lack the natural protection of the skin, so you must pay special attention to them.
There are specific medicines and treatment which increase the likelihood of the mouth becoming quite sore, and miniature ulcers might also form. This pain and ulceration within the mouth’s lining is called mucositis. Once it develops the pain will be considerable.
Those who have soreness and ulcers in their mouths have a greater susceptibility to infection, and their white blood cells which are used to fight it might be compromised. Perhaps the most frequent oral infection is thrush or candidiasis, which is a type of fungus. It appears in the form of white colored patches or coatings on the tongue or mouth’s lining. It must be treated using an anti-fungal prescription, which a physician can provide.
Another common oral problem is bleeding gums, which might be caused by certain medical treatments or conditions such as gingivitis. If gingivitis is not properly treated it can lead to periodontitis, a severe dental ailment that can cause tooth and gum loss.
The lips, unlike skin, do not contain sweat glands or oil. This means they are continually exposed to environmental irritants as well as the tongue tip, food and beverages and weather. All this combined with bad habits can cause lip soreness, irritation and dryness. For example, many people lick their lips, and over time this will damage them because saliva rapidly evaporates which leaves them drier than they were previously.
Additionally, the enzymes which aid saliva in cleaning the mouth while digesting food should not be placed on the lips because it can be too harsh for them. Another bad habit that many people engage in is breathing with the mouth open. With this, extra air is being sucked into the mouth and blown along the lips which drains them of moisture. Therefore, it is better to breathe through the nose instead.
McDaid Pharmacy has the best mouth and lips products that you’ll find anywhere in Ireland. This includes Bioxtra Dry Mouth Gel, Midijel Mouth Ulcer Gel, Vaseline Lip Therapy Aloe Vera, and O’Keeffe’s Lip Repair Balm.
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