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Many factors, both internal and environmental, can cause chapped, dry lips. Most of the time, dry lips are a nuisance but not a sign of a significant health problem. Occasionally, they can be symptomatic of illness. Treating dry lips depends on the cause, though in most cases, simple lifestyle changes or additions can solve the issue.

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1. Dehydration

One cause of dry lips is dehydration. The widely accepted idea that everyone should drink eight glasses of water a day is inaccurate. Instead, individuals should consume one half to one ounce of water for every pound of weight (for example: 160 lbs = 40 to 80 oz of water.) Athletes and pregnant women may require more. Dehydration can also occur from external factors such as a dry room or regular exposure to windy outdoor conditions.

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