By Lucy Wyndham
Angular Cheilitis causes the corners of the mouth to become cracked and dry. This in turn can cause bleeding and blisters and the skin may feel scaly and itchy. You may also find that you have an unpleasant taste in your mouth. This guide will help you understand the causes of this condition and the best ways to cope with it.
Improving your diet will help
Angular Cheilitis can sometimes be caused by a deficiency in minerals, in particular zinc, iron and Vitamin B2. Improve your iron by eating vegetables such as spinach, soy beans, leafy green vegetables and lentils. Lamb and beef are also rich in iron. Green beans, asparagus and Brussel sprouts are rich in zinc. Foods rich in Vitamin B2 include cheese, beef and lamb and oily fish such as tuna or mackerel. If you have difficulty including these foods into your diet, you may wish to take a supplement.
Angular Cheilitis caused by infection
When saliva builds up in the corners of your mouth it can cause the skin to crack. If you lick your lips to soothe the cracked and sore skin, this can exacerbate the situation causing infection. There are numerous home remedies to fight angular cheilitis that are simple and easy to use. Honey is excellent to sooth cracked skin and has anti-bacterial properties which will help fight infection. Simply rub a little into the corners of your mouth. Cucumber is also good for alleviating the symptoms. Drink plenty of water as dehydration can be one of the causes of angular cheilitis. A little cocoa butter or petroleum jelly rubbed on the lips can help the skin to heal naturally.
Practise good oral hygiene
Poor oral hygiene can lead to tooth decay and other issues such as Angular Cheilitis which can commonly be caused by the Candida yeast fungal infection as well as several other strains of bacteria. Sometimes Angular Cheilitis can be caused by poorly fitting dentures or wearing a brace. Your dentist will be able to help you with any soreness or irritation around the mouth caused by this.
Other causes of Angular Cheilitis
You are more likely to suffer if you smoke, so this is another good reason to give up. You are also more likely to suffer if you have diabetes. This means that you have too much glucose in the blood, and an excess of glucose can create a breeding ground for bacteria and fungal infection. If you are insulin dependent, make sure that you are taking your insulin regularly. Try and make sure that you exercise regularly and eat well to keep healthy. Preventative measures are best if you are more susceptible to Angular Cheilitis.