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Angular Cheilitis Is the Gross Mouth Infection You Didn’t Know You’ve Had

  • It could be angular cheilitisAngular cheilitis is often mistaken for a cold sore or chapped lips, but it’s usually caused by a fungus Licking your licks excessively can contribute to angular cheilitis If you have dry, cracked lips, and rubbing on chapstick doesn’t do the trick, then the culprit might…
  • Advertisement – Continue Reading Below – – – “Angular cheilitis is a skin condition that causes painful inflammation in one or both corners of your mouth,” says Dr. Sonia Batra, a dermatologist and co-host of the television show The Doctors.
  • Angular cheilitis is often mistaken for a cold sore, but there’s a primary difference, Batra says: “Visually, angular cheilitis appears in the corner of the mouth as cracked, scaly skin, while cold sores can occur anywhere around the mouth.
  • Angular cheilitis is also more common in people with recurrent oral thrush (fluffy white spots on the tongue or inner cheeks) due to an imbalance in a fungus called Candida, which can be caused by an immunodeficiency or frequent use of corcitosteroids or antibiotics, says Batra.
  • Advertisement – Continue Reading Below – – – – Advertisement – Continue Reading Below – – – How to treat angular cheilitis“If you develop angular cheilitis, keep the inflamed area clean and dry to prevent the infection from worsening,” Batra says.

Angular cheilitis is often mistaken for chapped lips or a cold sore. But it’s actually caused by something totally different.

Do you have a red, painful sore at the corner of your mouth? It could be angular cheilitisAngular cheilitis is often mistaken for a cold sore or chapped lips, but it’s usually caused by a fungus Licking your licks excessively can contribute to angular cheilitis If you have dry, cracked lips, and rubbing on chapstick doesn’t do the trick, then the culprit might not be chapped lips. You could have a skin condition most people don’t actually know about: angular cheilitis.

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“Angular cheilitis is a skin condition that causes painful inflammation in one or both corners of your mouth,” says Dr. Sonia Batra, a dermatologist and co-host of the television show The Doctors. Batra estimates that angular cheilitis affects about 0.7% of the population, so while it’s not exactly super common, it’s not rare, either. What causes angular cheilitis? Basically, angular cheilitis is caused by saliva building up in the corners of your lips, which can cause them to become dry and cracked. “When saliva breaks down and inflames skin at the corners of the mouth, the inflamed patches can become colonized by bacteria or yeast that usually reside in the mouth,” Batra says. The inflammation and cracking at the corners of the mouth can lead to painful sores. “As a result, this can make it difficult to open your mouth wide and some may experience a burning feeling on their lips or mouth,”…

Angular Cheilitis Is the Gross Mouth Infection You Didn’t Know You’ve Had