angular cheilitis

Treat Angular Cheilitis Naturally

Angular cheilits is a chronic condition with which the corners of the mouth become inflamed, often leading to blisters and cracks. It is most often caused by a candida or staph infection. It can affect people of all ages, but especially those who may drool at night as the frequent pooling of saliva can encourage fungal and bacterial growth. Those who are immuno-compromised or with weak immune systems are the most at risk. You may also be at increased risk if you have had head or neck radiation, or have diabetes, are iron or B12 deficient, and have drooping corners of the mouth. Individuals who wear dentures are also greatly at risk, especially if they do not make sure they clean their dentures regularly. Those with a predisposition towards angular cheilitis should take extra care in cleaning their dentures by soaking them in a mixture of 10 parts water to one part household bleach. This will kill off any lingering bacteria.

Household treatments for angular cheilitis can help to keep it under control. Most of them can be found right in your own kitchen or panty. If you have frequent mouth irritation, severe cracking or fissuring, or are in extreme pain you should see medical attention. There are antibiotic creams that can be prescribed to help control it and may be done in conjunction with natural remedies to help defeat angular cheilitis.

What are the symptoms of Angular Cheilitis?

  • Blistering skin at the corners of the mouth
  • Stiffness in the corners of the mouth
  • Pain when opening the mouth wide
  • Crumbling skin on the corners of the mouth
  • Redness or puffiness at the corners of the mouth
  • Discomfort when eating or talking
  • Painful blisters
  • Splitting of the skin at the edge of the mouth

How do I prevent Angular Cheilitis?

  • Avoid licking your lips, this dries skin out
  • Boost your immune system.
  • Make sure you’re getting plenty of iron, zinc and Vitamin B
  • Practice good hygiene, including dental hygiene
  • Make sure your dentures fit properly
  • Drink plenty of water

How do I treat Angular Cheilitis?

  • Apply honey to the corners of the mouth. It’s anti-microbial. Let it rest for fifteen minutes, then just wipe away.
  • Rub some aloe vera gel on the corners of the mouth. If you refrigerate it first it will be soothing and healing. Leave on for 15-20 minutes before gently washing away.
  • Use coconut oil to moisturize and fight off any infections.
  • Stay hydrated! This is critical for keeping the skin moisturized and pliable.
  • Cocoa butter is a great moisturizer and will help protect the skin from drying out further.
  • Mix tea tree oil, vitamin E oil and petroleum jelly and apply it to the lips as often as you can. It will fight off infection, clean the blisters and cracks, then moisturize and protect.
  • Cucumber can alleviate the soreness. Chill it first and it will also help reduce inflammation.
  • Neem leaves work like tea tree oil. They help to kill off any lingering infections.
  • Try changing your toothpaste to one without sodium lauryl sulphate.
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