The Definition, Causes and Treatments.
The condition Angular Cheilitis is also known as Cheilosis or Angular Stomatitis. The condition commonly affects the mouth area and skin around the lips which leads to painful cracks in the corners of your mouth. If left untreated, these cracks become inflamed, bleed often and infections develop inside these corner of the mouth cracks. We know this can make any normal movement of the lips and jaws very painful for those who suffer from this condition. You have difficulty yawning, and even a simple smile deems to be a nightmare!
There are many factors that lead to this condition. The most common and important factor is the moisture inside the folds of the mouth. This moisture enables the accumulation of bacteria which is the main cause of irritation and infection and in severe cases shallow ulcerations appear which forms a crust if not wiped out from the surface.
Angular Cheilitis treatments can take place in the comfort of your home!
Beside the moisture being the biggest contributor to this condition, malnutrition is also a huge factor which triggers this condition. If your diet is low in, or contains none of the important vitamins like iron, zinc and riboflavin or you have a low immune system; Angular Cheilitis will recur over and over again. If your immune system is strong and you follow a balanced diet, your body will be able to fight this type of aggression.
If you suffer from chapped lips and continuously lick your lips, then your chances of acquiring this condition is very high, especially if your environment in which you live is humid or cold. During cold winter months it is recommended that people with cracked lips do not lick them constantly, as this will not bring any relief to the chapped lips but make the condition worse. You see, saliva does not moisturise the skin, it rather increases the risk of an infection because the saliva contains so much bacteria which is harmful to the skin which is already damaged.
The condition of Angular Cheilitis or corner mouth sores, affect young children and most seniors more because they are more sensitive to extreme temperatures and their immune system cannot fully cope with the outside treats.
Cheilitis Angular can be treated by a medical doctor who will prescribe antibiotics together with an ointment for temporary relief. Yes, the treatment will last for a few weeks or even months, but in some instances the condition re-appears after a while and another treatment will then be necessary with another visit to the doctor.