The Best Natural Remedies for Treating Angular Cheilitis
Healthy and Natural World | January, 2018
Angular cheilitis is a lip infection which causes inflammation and blisters of one or both corners of the mouth. When the lips, or even the skin of the face that border the lips become infected they crack, turn red, and become itchy and swollen. In the worst cases, angular cheilitis can cause a discharge of pus and some people experience bleeding from the cracked skin.
The condition is also called angular stomatitis. Some also refer to angular cheilitis as perlèche if the cause is licking your lips too often. Because angular cheilitis causes pain and discomfort, it can affect how wide a person can open his mouth and interfere with his or her eating habits.
Many people experience mild versions of angular cheilitis without even knowing what it is called. They just sit it out and wait until it passes. But there are several things you can do to alleviate inflammation and soreness in the corners of your mouth naturally.
Before detailing some effective home remedies that are useful in treating angular cheilitis, it is helpful to understand the reasons why chapping and blistering occurs at the corner of your mouth. This can help you to find out the best home remedy to treat angular cheilitis.
Here are some of the causes of angular cheilitis:
Drooling (which often happens during the night) – Saliva contains digestive enzymes, which may have a degree of digestive action on tissues and this can damage your lips and makes it easier for the bacteria/fungus to spread and reproduce.
Injured lips makes it easier for the bacteria/fungus to spread and reproduce and cause painful sores.
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Excessive mouth washing and aggressive use of dental floss can also contribute to the development of angular cheilitis.
Poorly fitted dentures, and large braces can all cause angular cheilitis because they can foster infections in your mouth. Poorly fitting dentures allow yeast, fungi, and bacteria, and other microorganisms to get under them, along with food particles to feed them. When these infections thrive, they can spread outside your mouth as well, causing unattractive and uncomfortable sores to the corner of your mouth.