You need to know that there is a larger chance to contract Angular Cheilitis if you experience dry and fractured lips. If you experience such lesions on and around your lips it might be you have an Angular Cheilitis problem. It would be advised to consult a doctor or physician for a proper diagnosis.
We use the term Angular Stomatitis when we talk about a wide variety of skin diseases which appear near or around the mouth. Symptoms can consist of a variety of lesions and sores. We talk about Angular Cheilitis when there are lesions, fissures and inflammation which affect the corners of the mouth. There are many reasons why common pharmaceutical medications are often unsuccessful or do more harm than good. Sufferers will often revert to natural and alternative Angular Cheilitis remedies and cures.
The lesions and cracks can often appear to be very prominent, showing themselves as a red rash on the corners of the mouth, sometimes those cracks and lesions can be bleeding and quite painful, especially while eating.
Angular Cheilitis, also referred to as Perleche is usually seen as “mildly painful”, but patients’ opinion may vary since the conditions can often be quite painful.
Causes of Angular Cheilitis
There are those who say that one root cause of Cheilitis is a poor diet (lack of certain vitamins), others think that dental problems contribute to the appearance of Cheilitis.
No matter what, we know that the real reason and cause are fungal and/or bacterial infections. The problem is that doctors are often still not certain whether fungus or bacteria develop first, or whether it is actually the lesions and cracks in the first place which in turn cause those fungal or bacterial infections.
Who is at risk?
It is known that older people wearing dentures have a higher chance of contracting Angular Cheilitis, but children and and people of any age are not exempt.
Teenagers are also quite often affected by it. The problem now is that many patients are going to attempt moistening mouth and lips, and they use common ointments and lip balms, not knowing those make the condition only worse. Since the bacteria grow and survive in a moist environment it is wrong to use moisturizing ointments, treating the painful cracks and lesions but at the same time give the bacteria room to survive by moisturizing the area around the mouth.
We also know that many anti-fungal or steroids/antibiotics can cause various side effects and simply often wont help if we want permanent relief.