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Rash on lips
MKFMKV posted:
I just noticed a bunch of tiny white bumps on my top lip. They are white, not clear, about the size of a pin point, and don't seem like they will erupt.

They are lined along the lip, right at the border of inside and outside, with more on the inner, wetter part, but some on the outer lip as well.

There are none on the lower lip.

There's no itching, maybe a slight burning, as if I have chapped lips.

Normally I probably wouldn't be very concerned, but my son has had recurring bouts of impetigo. It always seems to start with chapped lips, then the corners of his mouth, then beyond. He exacerbates it by dragging / wiping his sleeve across his mouth and cheek(s). He's had oral and topical prescriptions. He's at school, but when he gets home I'll check / ask if his "chapped" lips look(ed) like bumps.

Does this sound like the onset of impetigo, or, alternately, an underlying condition that could spread and become infected with impetigo-causing bacteria?

Thank you
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resogambino responded:
It's very unfortunate that in three months not one person responded to this. I actually made a topic very similar to this only today and I was looking around to see if anyone else has something similar. I think you do but, as no one has replied I'm still not sure what it is...
Amelia_WebMD_Staff responded:

resogambino is right, I am so sorry that your post was not replied to as well. Everyone in the community, from the members to the moderator and experts try very hard for this not to happen. Every post definitely can't be answered the day of each time, but I do apologize that your important post had no response.

I hope that you and your son have resolved this problem and possibly seen a medical profession. Please keep us posted if you have some time.
Best Wishes! Amelia
wwhtiebeardd replied to Amelia_WebMD_Staff's response:
the initial symptoms appear similar to mine...small white bumps appearing on my tongue.

what is was the prognosis?
Gwen Cohen Brown, DDS, FAAOMP responded:
Hi MKFMKV, What you are describing sounds like Fordyce granules, a totally benign variation of normal. Fordyce granules are sebaceous tissue. Oil producing glands. They do not need to be treated but if they bother you take a warm wash cloth and gently exfoliate the lips. Don't use petroleum jelly (vaseline) as it is hydrophillic and will remove moisture from your lips and actually will dry out the lips.

Check out this web site to see pictures of Fordyce granules

Please let me know if you have further questions. Dr. Gwen Cohen Brown
IMJAMES30 responded:

I'm experiencing the exact symptoms you described. What was the outcome? Did it just go away or were you diagnosed with anything?

Please advise.

IMJAMES30 replied to wwhtiebeardd's response:

Did you ever get an answer to your question?
Caprice_WebMD_Staff replied to IMJAMES30's response:

Please see Dr. Cohen Brown's response just above your posts.

And it's unlikely others will respond because this discussion is over a year old and they may no longer be looking in here.
We never touch people so lightly that we do not leave a trace. ~Peggy Tabor Millin
steffanymohan responded:
Lip rash is one of the most irritating and distressing type of dermatitis . It can leave lips cracked, dry, and sometimes even with a thick, yellow crust. Avoid touching your mouth and lips.

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