If you have been trying to find a cure for angular cheilitis, you may have been frustrated with the over the counter options or those available from your doctor.
Angular cheilitis causes cracks at the corner of the mouth which are painful, itchy and often bleed. Just doing all the normal, everyday things like eating, drinking, laughing, talking and cleaning your teeth can be pure agony.
There can be various causes for angular cheilitis. Bacterial and fungal infections can play a part as can deficiencies in certain nutrients-particularly those of the B Vitamin group. In addition, iron deficiency anemia can be responsible in certain cases. Improper mouth closure can also be a cause, and this is often caused by improperly fitting dentures. The reason for this is that the mouth often remains slightly open, with saliva build up in the corners of the lips which provides the ideal breeding ground for bacteria. Conversely, over-closure of the mouth can have the same effect.
Many people believe that angular cheilitis is caused by the cold virus. Whilst this isn’t strictly true, there is no doubt that lower temperatures can increase the likelihood.
Angular cheilitis is most common amongst the elderly, but it can effect people of all age groups. Certain conditions, such as allergies, dermatitis, a weakened immune system and a poor diet can all increase susceptibility to this condition.
If the condition is very mild, there are certain natural treatments which can be used as a cure for angular cheilitis, these include using a paraffin based ointment or thick lip balm which can protect the lips. In addition, there is no doubt that a healthy diet and good general hygiene will also help. In addition, there are some simple anti-fungal over the counter remedies which can give some relief.