Angular Cheilitis

Angular cheilitis, also known as perleche or angular stomatitis, is a medical condition where the corners of your mouth become red, swollen and sore. This infection can affect one or both sides of your mouth at one time.

It often starts out as a case of red or chapped lips. You may start to notice that your lips feel dry, flaky and sore long before the corners of your mouth start to crack.

Unfortunately, diagnosing this infection of the mouth is often difficult until you are experiencing severe angular cheilitis as many people first mistake their symptoms for a case of dry lips.

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This infection causes discomfort mainly at the corners of your mouth, but can also cause your entire lip to feel itchy, inflamed and irritated. Without proper treatment, the discomfort you feel will continue to increase until you are experiencing extremely sensitive and inflamed lips.

Not only is this so uncomfortable and often painful, it is also embarrassing. Your lips are red, swollen, chapped and have bloody looking cracks in the corners.

You likely feel embarrassed to leave your house for a fear of what people may think or say. It is visually appalling and can mimic the look of other oral diseases, such as STDs, that can be embarrassing to be associated with.

Is Angular Cheilitis Contagious?

No, angular cheilitis is not contagious, although its appearance mimics the appearance of other oral conditions that are contagious such as fever blisters and cold sores.

Most cases are caused by a fungal infection. Your lips are a moist area of the body can be very conducive to the growth of fungus.

Contrary to popular belief, if you have angular cheilitis, coming into contact with another individual who doesn’t will not spread it to them. However, due to its appearance and the discomfort it causes, you will likely not be in the mood to get too close to another person anyway.

Although it cannot be spread from person to person, it can be spread from one side of your mouth to the other. If you had only one side of your mouth affected by it, there is a good chance the other side of your mouth will also develop it as well due to its proximity.

If you are lucky enough to have it on only one side of your mouth, you can try to avoid spreading it to the other side by avoiding touching your mouth and not allowing your chapstick, lip balm or creams to touch both sides of your mouth.

Angular Cheilitis Symptoms

The main symptoms that you will notice is sore, dry lips-especially in the corners of your mouth. Your lips may be any and all of the following:

  • Cracked
  • Bleeding
  • Red
  • Swollen
  • Scaly
  • Itchy
  • Painful
  • Crusty
  • Blistered
  • White patches
  • Tightness
  • Difficulty opening your mouth to speak or eat
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If you are experiencing any of these symptoms on your lips, you are also likely feeling embarrassed and uncomfortable in your own skin. Angular cheilitis is an oral condition that affects one of your most important features, your face. There is no hiding it or your lips.

You may be experiencing the pain and embarrassment associated with it. This is common and what you need it an effective angular cheilitis treatment that works!

Who is Most Vulnerable?

While anyone can develop this infection, there are certain individuals who are more susceptible to it than others. People whose mouths tend to be moist all the time are more vulnerable to developing it. You may be at a higher risk if you have any of the following:

  • Braces
  • Dentures
  • Excess Saliva
  • You lick your lips a lot
  • Crooked or unaligned teeth
  • Sagging skin around mouth or lips
  • You suck your thumb or other object obsessively (pen, pacifier, etc.)
  • You are a smoker
  • You are pregnant or nursing
  • Suffer from vitamin deficiency, namely vitamin B and Iron
  • You are anemic
  • You have cancer or an immune disorder such as HIV

There are many factors that can put you at risk, however, you could have none of the above mentioned risk factors and still find yourself plagued with this embarrassing oral condition.

If you have angular cheilitis, you have likely already began trying all of the creams, lotions and lip balms on the market to try to clear it up to no avail. Find out what I discovered to be the best treatment, and cure it today!