Angular Cheilitis – Natural Cures for Dry Skin
Angular cheilitis is a very common skin infection. It is found mainly around the lips and corners of the mouth. It is what causes that red, dry and cracked skin. And for most sufferers it is something that can be very difficult to get rid of. It can make every day tasks such as eating and talking seem almost impossible. But thankfully there are many easy things you can start doing that will help. All you are going to have to do is continue reading.
Now there are many ways you can start treating this dry skin condition yourself. There is no need to go out and get some expensive prescription cream. The very first thing you can do is begin eating better. Watching what you eat is very important. You are going to want to eat more foods that are high in vitamins. Now you need to eat more dairy products, whole grains, meats and green vegetables. By consuming more foods like these it will help prevent against angular cheilitis. And you will not have to worry about that dry skin coming back.
You are also going to want to try your best to avoid using moisturizers. Just because you are suffering from dry skin does not mean you should start applying creams. Most of the time applying heavy creams on affected skin can only end up leading to further skin problems. In the instance of angular cheilitis applying moisturizers around the mouth will only cause the skin to turn red and get create even more irritation. So what you can apply instead is either honey or cucumber juice. Both of them contain certain ingredients that are vital to the natural health of the skin. And by placing a small amount directly around the problem skin will greatly help in the curing of that problem skin.
One other thing you will want to keep in mind is dentures, retainers and braces. Sometimes these can lead to problems around the mouth. For instance poor fitting dentures can cause excessive irritation around the corners of the mouth. And with constant irritation it can lead to dry cracked skin fast. So it is a good idea that you consider this if you are experiencing that dry skin. All it takes is a little adjustment and it will help cure any skin problems around the mouth fast.
Angular cheilitis does not have to be something you should continue suffering from. There are many easy things you can begin doing that will help prevent it fast. And those tips are just the thing that will help you get those results.
Frequently Asked Questions
Sores at corners of mouth…Angular cheilitis help?
I have painful sores at both corners of mouth…the medical term ” Angular cheilitis ” or “perleche”.
I have the correct diagnosis….it’s not herpes or cold sores. I searched on the web for a remedy,but couldn’t find any help. Do you know of a natural treatment,or medicines to cure this?
I have been using lip balm and an expensive ointment called Abrevea…it has not helped at all.
Then I heard your supposed to keep it dry as possible…I don’t know what to do!!
I too have experienced this, especially when it starts to get colder outside. I’ve used the Abreva & every other lip balm/chapstick out there! The only product that has ever worked for me to heal the severely sore corners of my mouth was “CARMEX”. Its sold at most pharmacies and pretty cheap too. This stuff has been around for ages. Recently, I suffered from those sore corners of the mouth for about 3 weeks, seemed like every time I smiled the skin in the corner of my lips ripped open and got worse! I was using regular old chapstick, so I went and got some Burts Bees lip balm and still nothing was helping. My mom told me about the Carmex, so I made another trip to the drug store and picked some up (it comes in a tube or a small, round cannister-I got the tube). About three days after using it (which was 4x a day or more) the corners of my mouth felt so much better and were pretty much back to normal, so if you havent tried the Carmex yet, def get some. I swear by it. Some other good things to remember if you dont already know, do not lick your lips, especially the corners of them and try putting the Carmex on right before you go to bed, that way it stays on your lips through the night, thats what I did and I would wake up with soft, non-chapped lips every morning..I loved it! So I hope this helps:) & Good luck!
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.
Angular Cheilitis EMERGENCY! I’m desperate!?
ok, so for the past week and a half I have what can only be angular cheilitis. It started as just annoying chapped corners of my mouth and for the past week it has gotten so bad I won’t even go out in public and it hurts like hell
These are the steps I’ve taken so far, if anyone knows anything that will help or that i’m missing PLEASE help! I can’t take it anymore =* (
I have been taking vitamin B12 (for the riboflavin) & Echniacea (to boost my immune system)
I wash the affected areas with anti-bacterial soap and pat dry with a kleenex (1 for each side)
I have kept the area dry aside from a few light applications of 1% hydrocortisone cream each day & minimal petroleum jelly when the dryness becomes irritating.
i wash my hands and sanitize my hands EVERY time they touch the area. It’s gotten to the point of where my knuckles are do dry they’re cracking from washing my hands so much.
what am i doing wrong? it just won’t go away and it looks horrible, i’m ready to break down & cry.
thanks for your help.
You need to take folate and increase your iron and vitamin C intake (as well as the B12 your taking.)
Drink plenty of water & make sure your eating healthy
Change your toothbrush and make sure you soak it in boiling water after each use.
Change to a natural toothpaste
Apply Aloe vera, note it stings!
Here’s a few ideas to treat your chapped hands but my suggestion it to wear gloves (the kind you get in first aid kits) when dealing with your Angular Cheilitis
Herpes or Angular cheilitis?
I occasionally get a small sore on the corner of the corner of my mouth. It has been only on 1 side each time but has occurred periodically for around a year. I do generally have somewhat chapped lips and using generic antibiotic ointment cream and vaseline has kept them in control. Seems to be much worse when my skin is very dry. I don’t get any other sores in any other areas around my mouth. I have been worried that it was oral herpes and stumbled upon a few articles about Angular Cheilitis. I’ve never found any pictures of herpes that matched what I am seeing and the pictures I see of Angular Cheilitis look much closer to it. It has been worrying me and I am considering getting it looked it. Does this sound like herpes or Angular Cheilitis?
You certainly have that nasty Angular Cheilitis, but there are things you need to know about angular cheilitis to stop your worrying. The very first of your Angular Cheilitis Symptoms is itching with a rash at the corners on the mouth. At this point it really is mildly disturbing however, not a severe issue.
The itching may possibly trigger the person to repeatedly lick their lips in particular in cold temperatures to get some relief. This need to be ignored as it’ll only worsen it.
On the other hand, if Angular Cheilitis is suspected, it needs to be treated right away. It’ll develop at unique rates for diverse individuals.
For those who are malnourished, iron or vitamin B deficient or are afflicted with hepatitis or diabetes, it’ll develop into infected quicker.
Hope this helps you Anonymous, don’t worry if you didn’t do anything that would cause Herpes then that would definitely not to happen.
Get Well Soon,
i have a cut on the side of my mouth, its keeps drying up and splitting open!?
how do i heal it and what is it? i read up about Angular Cheilitis…. anyone else experience this? i thought it was just chapped lips… but its only the side of my mouth and i used lipbalm and vaseline and hydrogen peroxide…. its not doing anything.
I have this once and a while I was told it’s a vitamin deficiencey and I’ve also heard it was an infection. I just use antibiotic cream and it goes away.