Case report of treating exfoliative cheilitis with interleukin-4 (IL-4) receptor alpha antagonist

Recently there is a case report published utilizing antagonist of interleukin-4 receptor alpha for a patient who is treatment-resistant to other typical treatment options for exfoliative cheilitis, namely topical corticosteroids, topical tacrolimus, petroleum jelly, and doxycycline. Dupilumab, a human monoclonal antibody, functions as an antagonist for the interleukin-4 (IL-4) receptor alpha. By doing so, it… Continue reading Case report of treating exfoliative cheilitis with interleukin-4 (IL-4) receptor alpha antagonist

Manage your stress levels in the New Year

Happy New Year! It’s the time we all write down our New Year’s resolution. You may want to work on your stress levels in the year 2023. Stress is a normal reaction to the demands of daily life. It can be caused by work, relationships, and other factors. If you are facing exfoliative cheilitis, you… Continue reading Manage your stress levels in the New Year

Easier to get exfoliative cheilitis for hypersensitive patients?

There is a recent article published in Journal of Dental Sciences. This research aimed to investigate the prevalence of hypersensitivity in exfoliative cheilitis patients. 30 EC patients were recruited. The researchers then did a series of allergy/ hypersensitivity tests including: serum total IgE, allergen-specific IgE, and food-specific IgG. These are markers in our blood that… Continue reading Easier to get exfoliative cheilitis for hypersensitive patients?

How to get comfortable in social interactions for people with EC

I know it may be weird when you are at a social event and you feel that everyone is staring at your peeling lips. Trust me. I have been there. You may describe that as odd, embarrassing, or even intimidating. As humans, we long for social interactions. We are happy when we are somehow validated… Continue reading How to get comfortable in social interactions for people with EC

Is Tacrolimus or Steroid the final answer?

As I have mentioned, the treatment of exfoliative cheilitis is not easy. There is still no clear research on its aetiology. Regarding to usual biopsy results of exfoliative cheilitis sufferers, they will find non-specific inflammation. Some medical practitioners have advocated the use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as topical glucocorticoids (steroids) to treat EC. Another relatively… Continue reading Is Tacrolimus or Steroid the final answer?

Lip balm that I use every day

As a sufferer of exfoliative cheilitis, utilizing a lip balm regularly is crucial to keep your lips moisturized and reduce peeling. I have mentioned numerous kinds of lip balms/moisturizers you can choose from. I would say pick the one you feel most comfortable with and keep on using it daily. I have tried more than… Continue reading Lip balm that I use every day

Can you swim with exfoliative cheilitis?

This is a question I have been asking for some time. For sufferers of exfoliative cheilitis, they will know that constant in contact with water will make those thicker skin on your lips get a bit looser and finally come off easily. You will then end up with rawer but usual underlying lips texture. I… Continue reading Can you swim with exfoliative cheilitis?