Dry, Cracked Corners of the Mouth: Angular Cheilitis

Have cracked corners of your mouth that are not healing? Is chapstick not doing the trick? A common problem that goes under diagnosed is a skin lesion called Angular Cheilitis. Angular cheilitis is a bacterial, fungal, or bacterial and fungal infection on one or both sides of your mouth. This bacteria and fungus is naturally present on healthy people, but is usually kept under control by our body’s immune system. However, if our immune system is weakened or if we have any type of mouth trauma it can make it easier for the bacteria and/or fungus that causes angular cheilitis to spread.

Angular Cheilitis Definition – Cheilitis is defined as a condition in which your lip becomes inflamed and irritated. Angular is defined as a corner or angle. So angular cheilitis’ literal definition is inflammation and irritation within your mouth corners. This is not contagious howerver it can spread from one corner of your mouth to another.

Treatment-Angular Chelitis can be easily treated by a dentist with a prescription topical antifungal or antibacterial ointments.

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