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Lip pain Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

During a consultation, your doctor will use various techniques to assess the symptom: Lip pain. 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 lip pain?

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is it intermittent or constant?

    Why: if intermittent may suggest Raynaud's phenomenon.

  3. Is pain limited to the lips?

    Why: e.g. Raynaud's phenomenon may also cause characteristic color changes and associated pain to fingers and toes.

  4. History of trauma/ injury to the lips?

    Why: may cause traumatic ulceration or bruising.

  5. History of insect bite or sting?

    Why: may help determine cause of lip pain.

  6. Past history of cold sores (Herpes simples type 1 lesions) on the lips?
  7. Past medical history?

    Why: possible causes of Raynaud's phenomenon include rheumatoid arthritis, lupus erythematosus, systemic sclerosis, polyarteritis nodosa, Buerger's disease, polycythaemia, leukemia, polymyositis , dermatomyositis; aphthous mouth ulcers may be associated with Behcet's disease, Crohn's disease, celiac disease, HIV disease; angular cheilitis may occur due to candida infection in people with HIV disease.

  8. Medications?

    Why: beta-blocker blood pressure medications and ergotamine can cause Raynaud's phenomenon; some medications may cause aphthous ulceration such as gold and steroids.

  9. Dietary history?

    Why: may indicate risk of dietary deficiencies (such as Vitamin B6, B12, folate and iron) that may cause angular stomatitis.

  10. Cigarette smoking?

    Why: aggravates Raynaud's phenomenon.

  11. Sexual history

    Why: may indicate the risk of HIV which may be associated with angular cheilitis due to candida infection or aphthous mouth ulceration.

  12. Lip ulceration?

    Why: would suggest herpes simplex labialis, syphilis and carcinoma.

  13. Lip swelling?

    Why: would suggest trauma, carbuncle (boil), insect bites, angioneurotic edema.

  14. Rash?

    Why: would suggest herpes zoster (shingles) especially if the rash was unilateral.

  15. Symptoms of Raynaud's phenomenon?

    Why: e.g. sequential discoloration of the digits from pallor to blueness to redness upon exposure to cold. When fingers become red they are painful.

  16. Symptoms of angular stomatitis?

    Why: e.g. cracks at the corners of the mouth. Possible causes may include Vitamin B6, B12, folate and iron deficiency.

  17. Symptoms of aphthous mouth ulcers?

    Why: e.g. lesions occurring on the inside of the lips or mouth which begin as a small painful vesicle which later breaks down to form the painful shallow ulcer. The ulcers heal without scarring. Cause is unknown, but may occur in Crohn's disease, Celiac disease or AIDS.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Lip pain:

The following list of conditions have 'Lip pain' 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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