Have you ever had painful cracks, also referred to as fissures, in the corners of your mouth? Have you ever wondered what causes them? These sores are called angular Stomatitis. Other names in respect of the same condition are perleche (pronounced pearl-chay), cheilosis (pronounced chee-il-osis), and angular cheilitis (pronounced chee-il-itis). Angular cheilitis is normally fairly easy to treat. Sometimes all it takes, it’s a little over-the-counter antibiotic cream and a healthy diet.
If you have dry and chapped lips as an outgrowth of Angular Cheilitis, you are required to immediately cure it so you wouldn’t have to bear with the pain much longer. When you have Angular Cheilitis, lip sores are present and these obviously hurt. Your lips would be dried and the corners of the mouth would crack, causing even more pain.
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You will feel pain when you open your mouth to eat, when you talk, when you laugh, or when you attempt to kiss a loved one. Not only you’ll be dealing with all these pains but the longer you try to endure these lacerations in your mouth and lips, the higher the chance of getting more serious infections.
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Angular Stomatitis is can be linked to nutritional deficiencies. If you have an iron deficiency, or you’re deficient in Vitamins B2, B3, B6, and/or B12, you could develop these lesions.
The skin at the corners of the mouth breaks down and can become infected. This form of stomatitis is most painful when you move your lips to speak, or you open your mouth to eat, cough or yawn.
Other factors that could cause angular stomatitis are fungal (yeast) and bacterial infections of the mouth. These organisms can settle into the cracks of the lips and cause the skin there to break down.
Ill fitting dentures could also be at the origin of this disorder; dentures that do not fit correctly can cause the mouth to close in an unnatural way. This can create a fold around the corner of the lips. This fold can collect saliva and microorganisms which eventually cause those painful fissures.
The accumulation of spit in the corners of the mouth also contributes to the expansion of fungi or bacteria in the area. When this happens, you also become more prone to suffering from angular stomatitis. People who use poorly fitting dentures are among those who’ve high chances of suffering from this skin problem. Dentures that don’t fit properly can cause over closure of the mouth. This can cause folds to form along the walls of the lips. This area is quite ideal for saliva to accumulate and the moisturized environment favors bacterial or fungal infection pretty well.
Frequent licking of the corners of the corners of the mouth is another factor that contributes to angular stomatitis.
Some people have adverse reactions to certain types of medications. These can cause sores inside the mouth and at the corners of the lips.
Consult with your doctor before making a vitamin or iron supplements. A simple phone call to your physician could save you a doctor’s visit. You know whether you’re eating a well balanced diet or not. If you are not getting 5 servings of fruits and vegetables, you may be deficient in nutrients. It’s always good to eat different colored vegetables, since they have the nutrients that the entity needs.
If your doctor offers you the okay, you could take supplements containing Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6 and B12. Moisturizing your lips with cocoa butter or olive oil may also contribute to heal the wounds from angular stomatitis. Keeping your lips conditioned with a lip balm is helpful for temporary relief.
Hydration is important. Drinking 6 to 8 glasses of water per day will help to keep your lips hydrated. If you eat a healthy diet, drink enough water, and take supplements, if advised by your health care practitioner, you’ll make it easier for your immune system to kill the infection so your lips can heal.
If you’ve done everything you can and your lips do not heal, you may be required to go to your doctor. Your doctor may want to play a culture and sensitivity test on the organisms growing in the lesions on your mouth. Then, your doctor will either give you antibiotics or prescribe an antifungal medication to treat your lesions.