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Lip swelling Assessment Questionnaire

Questions Your Doctor May Ask - and Why!

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

    Why: to determine if acute or chronic.

  2. Is the swelling localized or generalized?

    Why: If generalized may suggest allergic urticaria or angioneurotic edema.

  3. Have you got swelling anywhere else on the body?
  4. History of trauma/ injury to the lips?

    Why: may suggest traumatic swelling, mucocele cyst or pyogenic granuloma.

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

    Why: may indicate a cold sore as the cause of the lip swelling.

  6. History of insect bite or sting?

    Why: insect bite or sting may cause localized lip swelling or angioedema if allergic to bite.

  7. Past History of significant sun exposure?

    Why: may indicate increased risk of lip cancer.

  8. Have you used any new cosmetic products recently?

    Why: e.g. perfumes, hair sprays, lipsticks etc may cause allergic contact dermatitis.

  9. Past medical history?

    Why: e.g. hypothyroidism.

  10. Medications?

    Why: some medications are more likely to cause urticaria and angioedema including aspirin, non-steroidal anti-inflammatories, penicillin, radiographic contrast agents, ACE inhibitors, calcium channel blockers, morphine.

  11. Known allergies?

    Why: e.g. foods such as nuts and shellfish, food dyes, food preservatives, medications.

  12. Sexual history

    Why: may indicate the risk of syphilis as cause of lip swelling.

  13. Family history?

    Why: e.g. hereditary angioedema.

  14. Lip pain?

    Why: Painful swelling of the lip is more likely to be herpes zoster (shingles), herpes simplex labialis (cold sore), pyoderma granulosa, insect bites, alveolar abscess and trauma. Painless swelling is more likely to be syphilis, allergic urticaria, angioneurotic edema, contact dermatitis, lip cancer, myxedema and cretinism.

  15. Rash?

    Why: would suggest herpes zoster (shingles) especially if the rash was unilateral or urticaria if the rash was hive- like.

  16. Tooth pain?

    Why: may suggest tooth socket (alveolar) abscess.

  17. Symptoms of herpes simplex labialis (cold sores)?

    Why: e.g. prodrome of tingling, itching or burning sensation on the lips which usually precede any visible skin changes by 24 hrs. Prodrome is followed by development of fluid filled vesicles which erode to become ulcers on the lips.

  18. Symptoms of mucocele cysts?

    Why: e.g. painless translucent blister-like swelling on the lips or in the oral cavity that is easily ruptured and then drains a clear fluid and then refills.

  19. Symptoms of pyoderma granuloma?

    Why: e.g. red- purple colored nodule less than 1.5cm diameter with smooth surface arising at sites of minor trauma. Often bleeds spontaneously. May develop on fingers, lips, mouth, trunk or toes. Usually occurs in children or adults less than 30 years of age.

  20. Symptoms of angioedema?

    Why: e.g. periodically recurring episodes of swelling of the skin, lips, mouth, eyes and sometimes internal organs and brain. Sudden onset and lasts for hours to days. Sometimes associated with joint pain, fever and bruising. Can be life threatening if swelling involves the airways. Seems to be associated with food allergies, urticaria (hives) and possibly stress and emotional factors.

  21. Symptoms of allergic contact dermatitis?

    Why: e.g. may range from faint redness to severe swelling, symptoms are often worse in area around the eyes, genitals and on hairy skin, symptoms are least on hairless skin such as palms and soles. Allergic contact dermatitis is usually confined to the site of exposure to the allergen.

  22. Symptoms of myxedema (due to hypothyroidism)?

    Why: e.g. fatigue, lethargy, cold intolerance, constipation, stiffness and cramping of muscles, heavy menstrual periods, slowed motor activity, reduced appetite, increased weight, dry skin, hair loss, deepening of voice, puffy eyelids, thickening of lips.

Conditions listing medical symptoms: Lip swelling:

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