October 7, 2008 8:47 AM Subscribe
Sorry this is kind of mundane, but I have a split lip, and it won't seem to heal. Advice?
posted by Soulbee to Health & Fitness (9 answers total)
OK, YANAD and YANMD. I've actually been to the doc about this but it's yet to resolve and it seems to stupid and mundane that maybe someone else has some glistening wisdom that my doc missed? So my mouth gets really really dry at night when I sleep. Because of this, my upper lip has split at the lefthand "point" of my upper lip. The split is partially outside my mouth but mostly inside, where the skin is typically moist and glossy. You can't see the split when i have my mouth closed. I would say that it's 80 percent inside and 20 percent outside. The edges of the split seem to have calloused almost from constantly reopening. My doctor said that the part inside would heal on its own and i should keep vaseline on the outside part. But he didn't seem to understand how incredibly dry my mouth gets at night -- it's NOT healing, it's closing up and then reopening every few days and as time goes on it's getting more firmly...entrenched....and it's quite painful especially in the middle of the night. I really want to avoid a humidifier if possible because I seem to get sick whenever I use those. I kind of want to start putting like neosporin on it, but I know that's not supposed to be for internal use.
Can anyone give me advice on how to deal with this issue? Dry mouth didn't bother me until this lip-splitting thing started. FYI it's been like this more on than off for the last month or more.