I am currently in a bout of this issue that comes and goes from time to time. I read on one site last night that it is a yeast infection. No idea if this is correct or not but thought if that is the case maybe yogurt would be helpful. Since I have yogurt on hand, it was a no brainer to give it a try. I coated both sides with yogurt before I went to bed. This morning it was improved. I have coated it again a couple of times today thus far and it is definitely better than it was before I started this 'treatment' last night. It could be that it was at the point it was going to start improving anyway or it may be that the yogurt is actually helping. It is worth a try, especially if you already have yogurt on hand. If this resolves the current bout, it will definitely be the first thing I try next time and then have a better idea if the yogurt is actually helping. Meanwhile I thought I would throw this into the pot of things to try if you are fighting this issue.
I found drinking a tablespoon of cider vinegar in water with honey twice a day gets rid of it.
After reading through these posts, I found the best remedy was Lotrimin. It's a jock itch, anti-fungal cream and it worked wonders.
I always wash my lips with antibacterial soup (surprisingly, your everday dish soap works well) then use a Q-tip and apply the Lotrimin to the corners. Don't use the same tip on both corners. After you apply the Lotrimin, put a coat of Vaseline over that. After 48 hours, my mouth is about 90% healed. I do this about 2-3 times a day. Hope this helps!
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!
What may help is putting a little calamine lotion on the sides where it is cracked. This is what you use to dry out poison ivy so it helps to dry out the cuts and also forms a kind of protective layer over top to keep the saliva from getting in the cracks.
this may be hard to hear, but there is no magical cure-all for angular chelitis. I suffer from this disease, and have found that copious amounts of carmex, and good nutrition is effective for me. this in mind, i also have a relatively mild case, and know how to catch recurrences quickly. I tried a lo of stuff before settling on my cure, and did a lot of research, and had some people swear carmex only agrravated their spots, while others claimed it worked wonders. The dish soap cure is supposed to work wonders, but i found a guy who also swore it only aggravated his condition. I did find almost universally though that picking or toouching it just serves to worsen it. there is something that works for everyone, be it vinegar, vitamin supplements, petroleum products (carmex), vagisil, or some obscure cream. try until you find somehting that works, and yes there is something that will work for you. I reccommend trying petroleum jelly products if you havent already, and if you have a really severe, inconvenient case, using the dishsoap method.good luck!
Well, I'll just tell you what has been working for me and what has not.
I went through dengue fever and flu pretty much one after the other. I was on vacation when all this was happening and conditions were very warm and humid. Needless to say, my immune-system got a bit of a jolt and I developed AC for the first time in my life. I am normally never sick so this was a real setback!
Never had this before and it has been real pain in the A! It lasted for 3 months! I have tried the dish-washing soap, vaseline, hydrocortizon, differnt fungal creams(some even worsened the conditions). Nothing was helping.
Then I realized what the problem was. Once you get AC it is VERY HARD to get rid of it. Especially if your lips fold over a little bit at the corners as mine do. This enables your saliva, even tiny amounts, to squeeze through here and make the conditions for AC perfect! And it goes 'round and around.
Don't get me wrong, the dish-washing soap and vaseline did help to an extent. I got rid of the worst part which was big white layers that would crack. In the morning it would look like it was almost completely gone, but never completely.
Solution that helped me:
Whenever I felt that saliva was wetting the area, even close to AC in the corners, I'd take a clean napkin and dry it completely off! EVERY TIME! Then I'd put a very thin layer of zinc-cream to dry even faster. The AC dries and dies, because the conditions are no longer humid and wet but completely dry. Though you have to be disciplined. You can't miss drying those corners!! This thing will continue to grow as soon as it gets the chance!
Hope this helps. I feel for everyone that has this condition.
I just got this for the first time - super painful! One of my best friends had been suffering it off and on for a year. It would finally go away and then come back in a week or two.
What finally worked for her is somewhat odd, but she went to a dentist who had some sort of laser treatment that regenerates skin cells, very fast and simple (and I don't think it's too expensive). That cured it, and it's never been back.
I haven't tried it yet, but I'm certainly going to as soon as possible!
Hydrogen Peroxide and Vaseline :
I've had angular cheilitis for two weeks now and I have been taking anti fungal cream from the pharmacy to treat it but it has made no difference! The area just kept scabbing over, healing and then scabbing again! I have also been taking vitamins and iron as I read that it can be caused from nutritional deficiencies and I'm a vegetarian, however I do not believe they made a difference. Last night I tried hydrogen peroxide (6%) using a cotton bud to dab it on and it stung only a little bit. Then I popped some aloe Vera Vaseline on top (I'm sure normal Vaseline would do the same thing) and when I woke up this morning it's almost gone! very pleased! Also do not try to touch it at all and keep reapplying Vaseline to create a moisture barrier. Hope it works for you all.
I just had the same problem and just saw it expanding and expanding, I only had it for a week though, I have had mild cases of angular cheilitis in the past which always subsided on their own, But this was different, it would not go away, I tried EVERYTHING I found online.. Because I wanted to solve the problem before it got the chance to become chronic. I had the typical 'clown mouth' red and dry, I could barely move my lips they were so tight and dry and painful! And of course it looked absolutely ridiculous..
I started out by putting ordinary chapstick on which didn't seem to be working, I did not know that it was angular cheilitis at that time. Later I found out that it was a little more than innocent chapped lips. But that it was actually a bacterial or fungal infection. So I started reading everywhere and tried the tea tree oil first, I had that in my home, but that just stung and didn't help at all for me. Then I tried the vinegar, same story.. I put loads of nivea cream on it, that soothed the pain a little but did nothing for the infection obviously. Then I even tried the dish soap and vaseline story, that just made my lips dry out terribly and did nothing for the infection. Then I read about hydrogen peroxide and started wiping my lips with that and let it dry and then I covered my lips with vaseline and left it on for as long as it would stay on, after every meal I wiped my lips with the hydrogen peroxide and put the vaseline on it. After 3 days all the redness of the 'clown mouth' is gone! And with each time I wiped my lips with hydrogen peroxide the dry skin came off, as if the HP was dissolving the bacteria/fungus. It did not hurt very much. Just a little sting but barely noticeable. After a few days (today) the redness is gone but my lips felt very tight this morning and dry but they looked very shiny, like new skin, the bacteria was 'washed off' by the HP but the new skin was very sensitive and tight. So this morning I started putting udder cream on my lips and every few hours I put new udder cream on them, I recommend this instead of chap stick when you are recovering from angular cheilitis because the chapstick will dry out your lips while udder cream just soaks into your skin and is amazing, I was afraid to use it while still treating the infection because I didn't want to 'over-moisturize' the infection. But afterwards I would recommend this. And to go to sleep I even put vaseline over the udder cream so it can sink into your skin and stay moisturized all night. So for me, all those highly recommended methods online (tea tree oil, vinegar, dish soap + vaseline) did not do it. just 3% hydrogen peroxide and something to keep it moisturized like a thick cream. Repeat the HP after every meal and before bed (4/a day). And afterwards for the tightness of the new lip-skin I'd try udder cream! I hope this helps you as much as it has helped me!
Before I forget.. I also started taking vitamin B-complex and Magnesium (a mineral that's good for about anything! we lose magnesium while under stress and angular cheilitis is often stress related or linked to low immune system!!)