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Cracked lips Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Cracked lips. These will include a physical examination and possibly diagnostic tests. (Note: A physical exam is always done, diagnostic tests may or may not be performed depending on the suspected condition) Your doctor will ask several questions when assessing your condition. It is important to openly share any pertinent information to help your doctor make an accurate diagnosis.

It is also very important to bring an up-to-date list of all of your all medical conditions, medications including dosages, and names of numbers of any specialist you see.

Create your printable checklist by answering questions that your doctor may ask below:

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  1. How long have you had the cracked lips?

    Why: to establish if acute or chronic.

  2. Fluid intake?

    Why: dehydration can cause dry cracked lips.

  3. Dietary history?

    Why: nutritional deficiency states can cause burning mouth, sore tongue and cracked lips e.g. folate, Vitamin B2, B6 and B12 deficiency.

  4. Exposure to cold or windy weather?

    Why: common causes of dry cracked lips.

  5. Habit of licking lips too often?

    Why: common cause of dry cracked lips.

  6. Allergies?

    Why: e.g. lipstick allergy - can cause cracked lips.

  7. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. Kawasaki disease, Sjogren's syndrome can cause cracked lips; Sjogren's syndrome may be associated with Raynaud's phenomenon, systemic sclerosis, thyroid disease, primary biliary cirrhosis, chronic active hepatitis and renal tubular acidosis.

  8. Medications?

    Why: some medications can cause dry cracked lips e.g. isotretinoin for severe acne.

  9. Dry mouth?

    Why: can be associated with dry cracked lips. Salivary secretion tends to fall with age but may also be caused by certain medications, Sjogren's syndrome, dehydration, anemia, vitamin deficiency, diabetes mellitus, HIV infection and radiation therapy.

  10. Symptoms of diabetes

    Why: e.g. frequent urination, excessive thirst, weight loss, fatigue - can cause dry mouth and lips.

  11. Symptoms of Sjogren's syndrome?

    Why: e.g. dry eyes, skin, mouth and vagina.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Cracked lips:

The following list of conditions have 'Cracked lips' or similar listed as a symptom in our database. This computer-generated list may be inaccurate or incomplete. Always seek prompt professional medical advice about the cause of any symptom.

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