How To Heal Cracked Corners Of Lips Naturally
If you have been looking at ways to heal cracked corners of lips, you need to know what causes this condition beforehand to enable you to make informed treatment choices.
Cracked corners of lips is usually caused by a condition called angular cheilitis. Sometimes, it can be nothing more than just a dryness caused by changing weather conditions and if this is the case, it will normally right itself within a day or so. However, if you are prone to sore, cracked lips, particularly in the corners this is highly likely to be caused by an overgrowth in the bacteria which naturally resides on our lips and under normal circumstances, is completely harmless.
The exact cause of angular cheilitis can vary from person to person, but can include causes such as a weakened immune system, which means that the body has a reduced ability to fight off bacterial infections. It could be because of ill-fitting dentures, which can mean that the mouth is not closing correctly and therefore small “pockets” of skin might form around the corners of the mouth which provide an ideal, moist environment for the naturally occurring bacteria to overgrow.
In some people, this condition can be caused by a tendency to constantly put objects in the mouth, such as pens, fingernails and thumbs!
In others, cracked corners of lips can be caused by excessive weight gain which can cause tiny folds of skin on the face which harbor bacteria which can then grow whilst trapped.
How To Heal Cracked Corners Of Lips
There are a number of self-help steps you can take which will help give some relief.
* If the problem is due to ill-fitting dentures, try soaking them overnight in a medicated mouthwash. In addition, you can try rinsing your mouth out with it both morning and night
* To prevent further cracking, liberally apply petroleum jelly or an unscented lip balm-this can give some temporary relief
* In the case of nail-biters, pen and thumb-suckers, you can buy a bitter tasting solution for painting on nails, to discourage biting and this can be used on the end of pens and painted on the thumb
* If you feel the problem is due to weight gain, it makes sense to try to get down to your ideal weight, not only for this condition but for overall good health.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I suffer from Angular Cheilitis. Any Recommended natural herbal remedies for Treatment of Angular Cheilitis?
I am suffering from angular cheilitis for some time. I have cracked lips corners and the skin near the lips looks weird. I do have pain too. Any natural herbal remedies for treatment of angular cheilitis condition? I have heard there are some home remedies to cure this condition. Plz anyone help..
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I had it 2 months back but i got fully cured in a week’s time. I used some natural herbal remedies for that. These natural treatments worked good for curing my condition..
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I’m a Angular Cheilitis Sufferer. What are Recommended Natural Treatment Methods for Angular Cheilitis?
I need to know about some natural herbal methods or alternative remedies for treatment of angular cheilits condition for men.
My cousin also has this. She has cracked lips corners. Are there any different natural treatment methods for women?
Let me know, how can i cure myself?
I had painful cracks on my lip corners about 2 months ago. Applied a cream but i was allergic to it. I tried a natural remedy for angular cheilitis. My condition improved a lot and i stopped using the creams. I was cured in about a week. The natural methods were cheap but worked great for me.
I need help with angular cheilitis treatment and prevention please!!?
I’m a 17 year old male. I used to have a problem with chapped lips way back in the day until I used a chap stick consistently. Over the past handful of months, I’ve started to be plagued by a new problem: angular cheilitis. At (seemingly) random intervals, my lips/skin around my lips have dried out and the corners of my mouth get cracked per symptoms of the cheilitis.
In the past, I’ve slowly increased my arsenal of treatment. I take a multivitamin every day, and it’s gotten to the point where I also take a B-complex vitamin to aid in skin repair. I drink plenty of water every day, and I use balms such as Blistex every here and there to keep my lips from drying out. It seems like whenever I finally get rid of this angular cheilitis, it takes a week (if that) and it comes right back!
it’s starting to make day-to-day life extremely unenjoyable and I get way too self-conscious, and it hurts moderately to severely from time to time…I need better ways to fight this, dry it out, and make it go away and stay away. Any tips or recommendations??
Although the exact cause of angular cheilitis isn’t yet known, ferrous sulfate, B-1 and B-12 are recommended as supplements. It is known that bacteria and fungus are involved but it hasn’t been determined whether the cracks occur first and then are inflicted by bacteria or fungi, or whether the cracks itself are caused by fungi or bacteria.
Topical corticosteroids, like Cortizone-10, can alleviate the symptoms but it can’t be used on a continuous basis indefinitely. Non-cortisone anti-inflammation creams like Elidel and Protopic can be used on a long-term basis.
There are websites that advertise products that “cure” the condition but from what I’ve looked at the products are costly and I can’t dig up any scientific proof that they actually work. And at the website for the Angular Cheilitis Foundation, you have to make a donation before you can access the site itself.
You can try an antibiotic ointment or antifungal ointment. If after 10days one hasn’t worked, try the other. Upgrade your oral care. Brush at least twice a day if not three times, floss regularly and use a non-alcohol oral rinse. For this I recommend Periogard or any other rinses that are chlorhexidine-based. Your dentist may carry such a product so you should call & find out. Otherwise, pick it up at your local market pharmacy & order it if you have to. If you wear braces or a retainer, make sure you clean them extremely well on a daily basis. Even the gum you chew can make a difference. Gum that contains chlorhexidine is hard to find in the U.S. but you can find gum with xylitol and this helps. Look for both online. And of course keep your lips & surrounding skin well moisturized at all times.
In the end, there’s no one single solution. It can be a matter of trial and error to find what works for you.
How do you get rid of the cracks in the corner of your mouth? (Angular Cheilitis)?
My lips are starting to get cracked at the corners.It hurts when I smile or when I open my mouth wide to eat something. It looks like small paper cuts. I’ve been doing a lot of research on this, because it’s pretty irritating.
I found out it is called Angular Cheilitis. I’ve seen the most common treatments for this include: B-Complex vitamins, a 1% hydro cortisone cream, Vitamin-E oil and Tea Tree oil, lanoline creams, a Z-Pac anti biotic, drinking more water, switching toothpastes, an anti-fungal cream, and not licking your lips.
Which of these works best? Which methods don’t work? Are there any other ways to treat the cracks at the corner of your mouth? I’m going to make a run to the store in the morning and want to know what to try.
I use a good lip salve when I get one. Sometimes helps right away and sometimes it takes time. Not sure anything is always a quick cure. Dont lick it or pick at it
What can I do for lip relief until I can visit the doctor?
I would like to begin by saying I am going to the doctor as soon as I return home from school. This is looking for 1) temporary relief as nothing provides it anymore and 2) for a name or something to ask my doctor about. I know it is not angular cheilitis as the doctor and I have already rules that out.
Very dry cracked skin on lips
Inflamed and swollen
Skin peels a lot
Red raw and sore
Edges of my mouth will be very sore
The skin around my mouth will become very red, splotchy, painful, inflamed
This problem has been persisting for about 3 years now and every time it occurs it gets worse.
The problem begins one of two ways. One day my lips will out of nowhere (and very quickly) become very dry and chapped then they will become sore and unable to stay moisturized. The second way it will happen is the corners of my mouth will crack (hence the angular cheilitis) then they will become chapped and the entire process will begin.
There is no link between the symptoms and the weather (and all other climate conditions such as it being dry), my stress level, my menstrual cycle, the season, what foods I eat/drink, or what lip products I use. I have stopped using all lip glosses and flavored chapsticks. I use either plain black label chapstick or petroleum jelly. I have also tried using blistex, medicated blistex, medicated lip treatments, carmex, and even several different types of a product like Neosporin, or nothing at all (as too much moisture was thought to be a problem once).
I have also tried changing my diet, taking more vitamins (multi and a hair, skin and nails), limiting sun exposure, changing skin moisturizers, changing tooth paste, not wearing makeup, everything.
Seeking medical help:
Previously the dermatologist told me to use only petroleum jelly and desitin in the corners of my mouth as it was believe to be angular cheilitis however the problem affects my whole mouth and not just the corners. This form of treatment did not work and the problem eventually went away on its own, only to reoccur a few months later.
Another doctor gave me a cream to use. While at first the cream did made the symptoms subside it quickly became ineffective against the problem.
All forms of treatment (including the ones doctors have prescribed) have resulted in only temporary relief and not solved the underlying problem, they have only treated the symptoms.
I have been doing research on my own. Many people seem to suffer from the same symptoms but
There is no clue as to what the underlying problem may be. The closest I have come is Helicobacter pylori
“Doctors now believe that some of these ulcerative diseases may be caused by H. pylori and other bacteria. A simple blood test will tell you if you have H. pylori bacterium, which is treated with oral antibiotics. If you get frequent mouth sores that do not heal well, especially if you also have other ulcerative or digestive problems, you should talk not only to your dentist about it, but your medical doctor, because it could be a symptom of a larger problem.”
In September I was diagnosed with stomach ulcers and put on omeprazole for ulcers. The problems have existed long before the diagnosis of stomach ulcers however the problem has gotten worse ever since.
Other things that I have found may be the cause:
Eczema of the lips
It HURTS a lot. To the point where opening my mouth hurts. It’s also ugly and nasty looking but that could bother me less. I want relief because it hurts.
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The doctor told me to use the petroleum jelly. I’m not allergic.
I’ve also increased my water intake and the “natural” Bert’s Bee’s irritates it. If something is inflamed don’t put peppermint on it duh.
I didn’t read past the petroleum jelly part but stop using that stuff. You are probably allergic to it. There are quite a few people who are. Your symptoms are extremely close to that of an allergic reaction. Start using only natural chap sticks without the jelly. Burts bees is one. Also increase you water intake.