I believe I have angular cheilitis. It started about a week ago when one of the corners of my mouth ripped open. It quickly spread to the other side (which is now worse than the original). This is all coming after a three week 'battle' with another lip problem where I woke up one morning with incredibly swollen and painful lips which didn't go down for about a week. Finally I went to a Dr who prescribed me antihistamines and said the problem was hives on the lips. This prescription took care of the problem in a few days but left my lips incredibly chapped. I used Aquaphor religiously to try and cure that. My lips finally felt almost normal except for the tightness, and eventual rip, of the left corner of my mouth. After a week of dealing with one corner being painful and tight, I woke up to feel the other ripped as well.
It was at this point that I googled 'ripped corners of mouth' and found a lot of information about Angular Cheilitis, a lot of which was from forums and completely contradictory. I decided to immediately start taking vitamins (I am a 20 yr old college student with an incredibly poor diet and high stress levels) which included a super B-complex, multivitamin, and iron supplement. I have been taking these for about five days. I also started washing my mouth with anti-bacterial soap and using vaseline, but this didn't make a difference. So, the next day I bought a Kroger generic of Monistat which I used for one full day. This made the edges of my mouth extremely tight and itchy, so I ditched it (possibly prematurely). Yesterday I started cleaning the wounds with hydrogen-peroxide and using baking powder. I woke up this morning and my wounds are as bad or worse than ever plus I have a rash (or possible continuation of the sore) around my mouth. I have very, very sensitive skin and worry that I exasperated the issue.
Please help! This is very painful and looks awful. I am not sure which treatment to continue or if there is something new that I could do. Thanks!