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Health.com: What Your Looks Say About Your Health

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Cracked Lips

Your lips can say a lot about your health. Severely cracked, dry lips may be a reaction to medication, an occupational hazard (if you're a brass musician), or a symptom of allergy, infection, or other conditions.

Cracking at the corners of the mouth may be a symptom of Sjögren's (pronounced
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SHOW-grens) syndrome, an immune system disorder. Sjögren's causes dry eyes and dry mouth, as well as joint pain and dry skin. As many as 4 million Americans—mostly women—have this condition.

(Photo Credit: Getty Images/Text: Karen Pallarito)




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