Dandelions Have Deep Roots (potatodragon) wrote in thequestionclub,
Dandelions Have Deep Roots

I've got two health questions:
1) For the past week the corners of my lips have been irritated. First it was the left side that was sore, hurt when I opened my mouth, then it was the right, and now it's back to the left, and this time it actually cracked and bled a little. Both sides are pinker than normal, look like I just drank a little Kool Aid. I am a Chapstick junkie and I've been extra attentive toward the corners since this started but it's really weird. It's not a big area of irritation; a stranger wouldn't look at me and be like, "oh my god, what's that on her lips?" you have to look closely... The rest of my lips seem drier than usual. I've never had anything like this before, no cold sores, my boyfriend of 3.5 years doesn't get cold sores.... Any idea what this could be?

2) It seems like a lot of the lymph nodes in my boyfriend's body are swollen. This is a permanent thing, not just when he's fighting a cold. He says that it's been like that for years. The lumps are not sore. He has them in his neck, near his armpits, in his "breast", thighs, and lower back. A doctor checked one in his neck about 6 years ago and said don't worry about it, but I don't think my boyfriend told him that he had them all over. I've tried searching online before for what this could be but have turned up nothing. I was most concerned about Hodgkin's disease but he doesn't have any other symptoms. As I said, these do not bother him other than aesthetically (two are noticeable). Anyone ever heard of something like this? He's healthy and rarely gets sick and he really doesn't want to go to the doctor.

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