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Doctor explains why angular сheilitis occurs

Doctor explains why angular сheilitis occurs Angular сheilitis symptoms (
Author: Daryna Vialko

Angular stomatitis or cheilitis is a common name for inflammation of the corners of the mouth. Ukrainian pediatrician Daryna Vlasenko reveals the causes of this medical condition.

Causes of the angular stomatitis

The lesions can present on both sides of the mouth or on one side.

  • Saliva causes eczematous cheilitis, a form of contact dermatitis due to irritation. This can occur, for example, during teething
  • Dryness and cracking of the lips, e.g. due to cold weather or atopic dermatitis
  • Bacteria
  • Fungi
  • Herpes
  • Mechanical trauma (e.g. braces)
  • Aggressive face creams, e.g. for acne treatment
  • Internal causes
  • Medication, e.g. hormones or antibiotics
  • Anatomical peculiarity of the lips
  • Problems with the immune system
  • Reflexively licking the lips, worsening the condition

Symptoms of angular stomatitis

  • Painful cracks in the corners of the mouth
  • Pustules, ulcers or crusts
  • Redness
  • Bleeding
  • Burning sensation
  • Dryness of the lips
  • Unpleasant taste in the mouth
  • Pain when eating

Methods of treatment

  • Use lip balm or a thick emollient very often
  • Avoid hot, spicy and acidic foods
  • Use hormonal topical agents
  • If the cause of frequent occurrence is in the anatomical feature of the lips, then filler injections and shape correction may help
  • Treatment of the underlying disease, for example, correction of iron deficiency

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