Dr Oz: What Lip Color Says About Your Health

By on October 25, 2010

Dr Oz did a segment to teach us about what your lip color is telling you about your overall health.  Doctor Oz said that your lips change as you age, and we all get dry and cracked lips during the winter sometimes, but dry or cracked lips could be a sign of something seriously wrong.  When you are young, your lips are thick and have a nice epidermis, but as you age, your lip color can become more dull, your lips can get thin and it can become harder to keep your lips moist. Dr Oz Lip Color

Anemia Causes Pale Lips

Dr Oz said that if your lips get pale, it could be because not a lot of oxygen carrying red blood cells are going to your lips.  Thus, it is often the case that Pale Lips indicates Anemia in a person.

Heart & Lung Disease Cause Blue Lips

Dr Oz said that blue lips can mean Heart Disease or Lung Disease, because when your red blood cells give up their oxygen, then the blood gives off a blue color since its de-oxygenated.

Liver Disease Causes Yellow Lips

Dr Oz said that as bile builds up from Liver Disease, your skin can become jaundiced and you can get yellow lips.

If you have yellow lips, blue lips or pale lips, Dr Oz said you should see a doctor to have it checked out.

Lip Cancer Signs

Dr Oz showed what it looks like if you get growths on your lip that could be Lip cancer.  Often the sun can hit your lower lip more than your upper lip, so people tend to get Lip Cancer on their lower lip.  You can prevent Lip Cancer by using a lip balm with a SPF built in.  Signs of Lip cancer include a dry white patch, a sore that won’t heal, a lump or thickening, or a pain / numbness.  It is sometimes tricky to distinguish between chapped lips and Lip Cancer, but if you are in doubt, go see your doctor.

Dr Oz: Coconut Oil Lip Moisturizer

Dr Oz said that people often use the wrong type of lip balm.  If you are inside, you should use a moisturizer lip balm that does not have a SPF but does moisturize.  If you are outside, you should use a SPF lip balm to protect your lips.  Another great tip that Dr Oz gave was to use Vitamin E or Coconut Oil for moisturizing lips.  You just apply the coconut oil directly onto your lip or crack open a Vitamin E pill and apply the oil to your lips.

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Comments to Dr Oz: What Lip Color Says About Your Health

  1. Oh my gosh, my lips are yellow… I better make a doctor’s appointment pronto! Thank you so much.

  2. My daughter 9 DS, ADHD,heart patient, av canal was playing and her lips changed from a rosey red to white ash color. She takes synthroid for thyroid, resperidone and methylphidate for ADHD . Should I be concerned about the color change in her lips. She was not being very active when this happened. The white only lasted for about 5 to ten minutes now they are a pale pink. Thank you and love your show. Any suggestions to help with the ADHD would be greatly appreciated. She goes non stop and none of the meds have helped her attention or focus or motor driven for six years. We have tried them all. Could her symptoms be a sign of something else? Plez help

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