We all know the painful rashes and cuts which come with Angular cheilitis. Those cracks and lesions then can become infected with fungus (yeast) or bacteria, causing the condition we know as Angular Cheilitis.
What are some root causes of this, and most importantly, how can you treat and prevent it from occurring?
You need to know that proper nutrition and vitamin levels can also play a big role.
It has been shown that a lack of certain B vitamins plays a role in the development of Angular Cheilitis.Vitamins B2, B12 and Iron are often used to treat the condition, so its not a bad idea to get supplements with B2, B12 and Iron. Those vitamins can help and speed up the healing process.
Milk is occasionally mentioned as beneficial also, due to enzymes in milk which are said to be good in fighting bacteria. Vitamin E is another vitamin which helps with the healing, it is easy obtainable, for example in the form of vitamin E capsules. Lip balm which contains vitamin E and which can be directly applied to the affected parts around the mouth can help too.
If you are affected by those painful lesions you might want to avoid spicy foods and drinks because they will only aggravate and irritate more. You should even avoid orange juice, it is very high in acid and would irritate the condition, causing more pain and slowing down the healing process.
Needless to say that a good oral hygiene will help with cheilitis too. This especially applies if you wear dentures. You want to make sure that the dentures itself are not becoming a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep them clean if you can. You can soak them in one part bleach and ten parts water over night to get rid of fungus or bacteria.
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