In a follow-up video, Avery explained how she was taking Accutane (a drug used to treat acne) and contracted COVID-19 – in addition to multiple other infections – that caused painful sores on her lips.
This woman’s lips went from bad to worse after contracting COVID-19 while taking Accutane
Recently, 19-year-old Avery Anderson went mega viral on TikTok for sharing this video of herself on her way to the emergency room:
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♬ original sound – Ohhkayypee
After using the impetigo medication, Avery’s lips went from bad to worse overnight. “I woke up with extremely swollen, gray and white lips. It was very painful to eat or drink and I was having trouble swallowing. I was concerned about the lack of fluids I was getting and worried that my COVID symptoms would continue to worsen, so I decided to go to the ER.”
The ER doctor tested Avery for other illnesses, and he was further diagnosed with a sinus infection, an ear infection and strep throat.
“I was prescribed antibiotics for my lips and was told to come back if my lips got worse… It wasn’t even two days later that I decided I had to come back.”
This time Avery was diagnosed with oral mucositis, a condition that left her with bleeding ulcers, swollen lips and sore, bleeding gums.
“It was a painful mix with the fever, cold shakes, muscle pain and throat inflammation from also having had COVID. The infectious disease department came to the conclusion that the cause was a perfect mix of Accutane, dry skin, my weak immune system and COVID, and all the other diseases my body was trying to fight off.”
Although Avery said she has suffered from severe eczema since birth, this has been the most painful experience she has had. “When I would go to sleep, my lips would get stuck together, and when I woke up I would have to open them up by sliding a Q-tip down the middle. Because my gums hurt so much, eating and chewing was very painful, to the point where it hurt to eat oatmeal! Talking was also a difficult task during all stages of healing, as it required my lips to touch.”
Luckily, Avery received new medications and antibiotics that helped her recover and heal her lips within a few weeks.