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Angular Cheilitis in Murrieta

covering_mouthAngular Cheilitis is referred to in multiple ways:

  • Angular Stomatitis
  • Perleche
  • Corner of Mouth Sores
  • Cracked Lip Corners
  • Mouth Corner Sores

What is Angular Cheilitis?

It is defined as a condition in which the corners of the mouth become irritated and inflamed. They appear as sensitive and sometimes painful sores at one or both corners of the mouth. They usually begin as a minor discomfort, but often as the discomfort increases, the corners become dry, chapped, and eventually turn into lesions. It is either a bacterial infection, fungal infection, or an infection combined with both. It is sometimes naturally present on healthy people but is often kept under control by the body’s immune system. If the immune system is weakened, however, it is easier for the infection to spread. While other mouth illnesses like cold sores and fever blisters are contagious, angular cheilitis is not. It can spread to the other side of the mouth easily, however, it will not spread to other parts of the body. The symptoms are best understood in four major stages: minor, mild, severe, and chronic.

Minor Angular Cheilitis

  • Small flaky skin in corners of the mouth
  • Tightness in corners of the mouth
  • Slight discomfort when opening the mouth wide

Mild Angular Cheilitis

  • Noticeable tightness and discomfort in corners of the mouth
  • Cluster of flaky skin in corners of the mouth
  • Redness or swelling in corners of the mouth

Severe Angular Cheilitis

  • Painful discomfort when eating, talking, and opening mouth
  • Noticeable lesion wounds at corners of the mouth
  • Inability to heal with chapstick, Neosporin, or other ointments for mouth ailments

Chronic Angular Cheilitis

  • Symptoms will heal over a few months and come back again
  • Dryness and cracks will cause severe pain and discomfort

Treatments for Angular Cheilitis vary and depend mostly on healing time, but while some can be effective, most do not retain long-term results.

Treatment for Angular Cheilitis

  • Letting it the body heal itself over time
  • Improving maintenance of oral hygiene
  • Home remedies that can be found on the internet
  • Visiting the dentist (Tibbitts and Associates) for oral cleaning and prescriptions like Mycolog-II or Hydrocortisone Valerate

Treatments that Don’t Cure Long-term

  • Baking soda
  • Chapstick
  • Neosporin
  • Carmex
  • Abreva
  • Anti-fungal cream
  • Antibiotics
  • Vitamin B supplements
  • Rubbing alcohol

If you suffer from symptoms similar to these and think you might be a candidate for treatment of Angular Cheilitis, contact Dr.Tibbitts and Associates and make an appointment today at 951-677-5113!