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6 Tips to Protect Your Lips from the Cold

Winter can be a brutal time of the year for your lips.

The cold air, the chilling wind and dry, heated air inside all conspire to make your smoocher dry and tight.

In addition, when we go out in the cold, the mouth is usually among the last things we cover up, says dermatologist Melissa Piliang, MD.

“The cold weather has a very significant effect on our lips,” Dr. Piliang says. “When we go out in the cold, we take steps to cover the rest of our body, but our lips usually are exposed.”

Lips are a special type of skin that is thin and delicate – and so requires a little extra TLC, Dr. Piliang says.

“Our lips dry out ten times faster than the rest of the skin on your face so it’s really important to use extra protection,” Dr. Piliang says.

Here are six tips to keep your lips smooth and lovely all winter long:

  1. Don’t lick your lips. When your lips are dry, it’s natural to want to lick them to make them moist. But licking your lips actually has the opposite effect. “Once you put saliva on the lips, it dries out and makes our lips even more dry,” Dr. Piliang says. “Plus the enzymes that are in saliva that are meant to digest food are irritating to the lips.”
  2. Use a lip balm that is ointment-based. This will lock in the moisture and help to heal cracks and splits in the skin. Look for a healing ointment that contains petrolatum, essential oils or glycerin. Another important ingredient is sunscreen —  there still is sun in the winter.
  3. Avoid lip balms containing camphor, eucalyptus and menthol. These substances actually dry out your lips and make the problem worse. In response, you apply more of this kind of lip balm, and the cycle continues.
  4. Avoid brushing or rubbing your lips when they are flaky or peeling. “It’s better not to scrub your lips or pick the peeling skin off with your teeth or your fingers. That just creates cracks and sores on your lips and can make things worse,” Dr. Piliang says. “Instead, apply a very heavy ointment-based balm that will be soothing and help to heal your lips.”
  5. Treat cracks right away. If you let them go, they can become worse and possibly get infected or lead to a cold sore.
  6. At night, apply lip balm before you go to bed. Many people sleep with their mouths open. Eight hours of breathing in and out through your mouth can dry your lips, Dr. Piliang says. Also consider using a humidifier at night if the air in your house is dry because of being heated.

SOURCE: http://health.clevelandclinic.org/2015/03/6-tips-to-protect-your-lips-from-the-cold/


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Dear Patients:

Our patients, employees and family are our top priority at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

We ask you to not visit any of our locations if you have symptoms such as fever, sneezing, coughing and possible shortness of breath.

Please cancel your appointment and re-schedule once you are feeling better and are no longer suffering with symptoms.

Only non-symptomatic patients will be seen. No exceptions.

Accompanying family members – including children – are asked to remain in the waiting area and will not be allowed to enter the exam rooms.

During this time of high concern regarding the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) we are taking extra precautions to maintain the highest possible standards of safety and cleanliness. Please be advised that we are carefully following recommendations from both the CDC and WHO and are here to help guide you through this time if needed.

Some steps we are taking to keeping safe:

  1. We know how important cleanliness is and always maintain the highest standards of cleanliness. To further offer you peace of mind, we have increased the frequency of the cleaning of our office.
  2. Rest assured that hand washing is strictly followed. Hand sanitizer is available to all staff and patients.
  3. Additionally, if you have recently traveled to a country with high rates of the coronavirus or have been on a cruise, please reschedule your visit for at least 14 days from your return date. We will gladly accommodate your needs to reschedule. At that time, a telehealth interface can be arranged if necessary.

Find up-to-date and accurate information on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website and feel free to reach out with questions.

- Your team at Long Island Spine Specialists, P.C.

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