If you see signs of skin that is cracked and dry near the mouth’s corners, then you might have symptoms of angular cheilitis. In such a case, you will probably notice cracks or splits on the mouth’s sides, which can get either infected or they can start to bleed.
If you don’t take care of it when the symptoms are weak, you can get an infection with the Candida albicans fungus (thrush). According to some studies done on this disease, it was showed that it might be affected by the nutrition or vitamin deficiencies, especially vitamin B2 (riboflavin), plus an anemia caused by iron and Zinc deficiency. There are cases known of old people which got angular cheilitis because they had dentures that didn’t fit right, or because they have missing teeth. They get this disease because they have problems closing their mouth properly, shutting it more on one of its sides.
In most cases, angular cheilitis will show up during the winter season, when it’s colder. In some cases, a simple case of chapped lips which is severe can be misdiagnosed as cheilitis during this season. This happens with children in plenty of cases, as they lick the lips so they are moistened, but end up causing more problems. Bacteria or fungal infections are just two of the causes.
The remedies or treatment for this problem is the use of a cream that is antiseptic. You can apply this cream on the areas that are sore for a couple of days. With an infection, you need to use a cream that is antifungal, and provided over the counter. If you still can’t get rid of the problem, talk with a doctor. The symptoms for angular cheilitis will usually disappear after only a couple of days, as long as you keep the area clean and you use the lotion.
Sometimes, when you see the mouth area with cracked or severely dry skin near it, it might actually be the malabsorbtion syndrome, which has the same symptoms as angular cheilitis. In such a case, you can treat it with shots of B12 vitamins, or you can take B complex shots. The symptoms and how severe they are, will tell which disease it is. Plus, each disease will react in a different way to the use of antifungal or antiseptic cream.
Another possible cause for symptoms of angular cheilitis can be a B vitamin deficiency. The vitamins that might be missing are B6 (pyridoxine), B3 (niacin), B12 (cyanocobalamin) and B2 (riboflavin).