Not sure what I had exactly. Not too much sugar in my diet (almost none), not a lack of iron, not overly dry or moist lips. Just a rashy looking redness in the corners of my mouth that extended into my inner lip area on both sides of my mouth. Neosporin provided relief but it wouldn't go away. Polysporin seemed to nip it in the bud initially but it came back inspite of multiple applications all day long. I was desperate for relief and after reading through pages of reviews/remedies here, I decided to try Campho-Phenique. I'm happy to report the redness/rash is gone and I am symptom free now going on two weeks. I settled on applying it after meals (leaves an unpleasant taste to food otherwise) and making sure I coated any area with a hint of redness. I keep a tube with me everywhere I go and am not shy about applying it in my car or at work. The medicine like scent is a small price to pay for clearing up whatever I had and making it a thing of the past.
I read every single remedy for AC on this site. I had very sever split on the corner of my mouth. I have had this before. I usually get it in the summer...not sure why. This time it was only on one side. Usually when I see it coming I can put it at bay by quickly rubbing some anti fungus cream on it. This time it got away from me. It just seemed to be getting worse and split deeper. In the morning I would have caked yellow scabs on it. YUCK. So, I tried all of these things in this order:
First I started with the usual antifungal cream....Did this for a few days...no change.
Next I tried the alcohol and apple cider vinegar. Then I'd coat it heavily with A&D cream. Did this for a few days....No change
Then I started taking a GNC women's iron supplement. They were expired from 2009....but took them anyway. One a day. It also has the B's and the folic acid....Started to see SOME change...
Next I did the dish washing soap. I would RUB in the soup and it would sting like a $#&, but I knew no guts no glory...I would then load it up with the anti fungal cream called Lotramin and then load on the carmex. Started to improve by the end of the day. I repeated this process after eating or when I felt like it was feeling tight. Changing for the better.
That same night I did the whole process above and then covered the split with a bandaid before I went to sleep. (My kids and my husband think I'm crazy).
The first morning it was A LOT better but still split. It was less red and the crusty bits were not there anymore. It was starting to close up and heal.
Repeated the whole thing the next day. Again slept with the bandaid. Woke up and it was even better. The split was much smaller and it wasn't splitting when I opened my mouth. ALMOST all better!!
I think one more night of this all and it will be gone.
So in closing, I say maybe all of it helped but really it was the dish washing soap that really did the trick...That and the bandaid at night. Plus, the vitamins.
Thank you everyone for posting your remedies.
I researched angular cheilitis pretty thoroughly and found a number of posible causes. I figured that it was a lack of B vitamins because i don't have yeast problems anywhere else. To be on the safe side, i bought some Clotrimazole (drug store brand of vaginal yeast treatment) when i got a good B complex. i started taking the B's (only every other day or so because they smell so bad) but also took the Clotrimazole, putting a very small dab on the corner of my mouth that was affected. Lo and behold, the Clotrimazole cleared it up in about 4 days, completely healing the red cracked area that had persisted for about 2-3 weeks.
Never would have thought this was due to yeast! However, i am a well controlled Type 2 diabetic, so i suppose i must be more susceptible to yeast than i realized.
I have had Angular Cheilitis for about 20 months now. My lip corners were fully cracked and sometimes weird ooze and blood would come out and it had become nearly impossible to eat anything. I spent 100s of dollars on doctors and ointments trying to find something that would make this all go away.
I read these submissions 5 days ago and as a drowning man who would try to hold on to the smallest piece of grass blade floating on water, I bought a bottle of 50% v/w Rubbing alcohol, Apple Cider Vinegar and a bottle of Vit B supplements which had a 1000% dosage of all the Vit Bs except Folic Acid (B9) which was a 100%. I spent a total of $10 to buy all these things from a local grocery shop.
For the last 4 days I have been cleaning up my cuts with alcohol every 4-6 hours and then rubbing vinegar on it with a Q tip. I would apply Carmex on my lips every time I did this. I crap you not, tears would fall every time I did that because of the fierce stinging but I did not quit. With that I have been taking 1 Vit B tablet everyday with lunch.
I am happy to say that in only 96 hours these 3 things solved my problem which no doctor could. I am really thankful to the people who took out their time to share this remedy with the world and I hope I would also be able to help someone by sharing my personal experience.
Thank you once again everybody. You guys are the best
Lactobacillus acidophilus is one of the best methods for curing angular cheilitis. It balances out your system and kills the fungus. My son had fought the cracks at the corners of his mouth for months - every time the doctor puts him on antibiotics it happens. I know now that aciidophilus will take care of it or keep it from happening in the first place.
I had chelitis for months, but I discovered a cure that resolved the problem in a week. It turns out that I had a vaginal yeast infection. When I treated that with a Vagisil-type product, the chelitis disappeared.
So I've concluded that the chelitis is truly a symptom of a yeast problem, and is easily cured with the right medication. Vagisil has a 3-day program; during those days I applied a bit of the supplied cream to the corners of my mouth to encourage healing.
A problem that plagued me for months has not come back. I am completely cured.
Clean the area incl removing the crusty scabby bits first with some antiseptic solution (my doc recommended Dettol diluted 50/50), air dry (fan you face to speed this up) then slather on Manuka honey, preferably a strong active one like 10+ or higher.
Do this a few times a day esp before bed and it will heal in a few days. You will leave some honey on your pillow so it might help to cover with a towel or the like, but at least you won't burn your lips off like with Apple Cider Vinegar (I tried that remedy from this site and it stripped my skin!)
I have AC for the first time in my life, age 55, and have had it for 3-4 weeks. Not as painful as some of you have, but an irritation to my brain! I don't have chapped lips, just the corner cracks. I went to webmd and posed the question to the group, and a DDS (dentist) replied.
Part of what I wrote to the community:
'My first question is this: can this be from oral sex? More specifically, my partner giving me oral sex and then kissing me and/or sharing with me my vaginal fluids after an orgasm? And if I have this issue and this IS the cause, is it likely that he has the same condition? This activity was about 1 week before I noticed the cracking on the corners of my mouth.'
'My second question: can this be spread this to him or another partner - kissing, oral sex, any way at all?'
The dentist was very helpful, I will quote some of her words.
'Angular Cheilitis is NOT a sexually transmitted disease. (I will get back to this later in my response).
Before I respond to your question you should be aware that candida is a normal part of your oral flora and is supposed to be in your mouth. It helps keep the bacteria and microorganisms that also live in your mouth in check. Therefore testing to see if you can grow candida on an agar plate is a waste of time and money, of course a culture will show growth of candida, as it is supposed to live in your mouth.
(then she talked about trush, which I'm sure I do not have)
What I can tell you is that regardless of why you have angular cheilitis, the clinical presentation of angular cheilitis is always due to a yeast infection.
Can you get it or give it to a partner during sex. Yes but the much more likely explanation is that you have an over growth of the fungal organisms that are supposed to live in your mouth.
My recommendation is to figure out first if you have an intra oral yeast infection. If you do, treat it with an OTC or prescription anti fungal preparation and most likely the corners of your mouth will improve.
The WORST possible thing to do is apply petroleum jelly to the affected area. Petroleum jelly is hydrophilic it will suck the moisture out of the thin skin of the lips and make the problem much worse and last longer. Vaseline is great for elbows but not the delicate skin of the lips.
So angular cheilitis is a chronic yeast infection. It will go away however dry mouth, dentures, medication, air conditioning, may all affect how quickly you will feel better.'
Credit to Gwen Cohen Brown, DDS, FAAOMP.
Sooooo, back to looking how to find out if I have an intra oral yeast infection. Haven't figured that out yet but I'm saying I do. I read up on it and 1) eat unsweetened yogurt, to balance the good bacteria that belongs in your mouth.
Also, i recently started a mouthwash that has alcohol in it (yuck yuck) and of course alcohol can be drying AND cause an imbalance of that good bacteria. no more of that! Also, I wear a bite guard at night, so like a mom does with a baby who has thrush, I'm now rinsing it with 1/2 vinegar and 1/2 water. I AM going to get monistat today. It seems odd to me that anyone would put something that dries out your lips - since I feel as if the dryness is the what makes this NOT heal, (Vaseline for me for sure!, or alcohol, or even vinegar) on your lips/mouth, but if it works for you, then yay! I'm not a lip licker and I am trying to stop using lipgloss, even on the center of my lips, as i know it spreads.
Anyway, there is my few cents. Monistat may not be a home remedy but I'm going for it - it makes the most sense to be based on a yeast/fungal infection.
I suffered from bolemia. Angular chelietus is a symptom from my disorder which didn't occur at first. But from the build up of bacteria on my lips from my constant vomiting it eventually did.
At first I thought it was just a cold sore so I put abreva. The first time this worked but after about 2 weeks of constantly applying. The second time it came back I started to research because I had never had cold sores and I didn't want to suffer for weeks again. That's when I came upon this site and reliezed it was more than just a cold sore. At first I got scared reading how people suffered for years. But I'm optimistic and I have aspirations of being a model and was not going to let this get the best of me.
My remedy was pieces of a few remedies and in less than 5 days I'm basically cured and all for under $10.
1- wash area with antibacteria soap, inside and outside mouth after of course brushing your teeth (change your toothbrush just to be safe)
2- dry the area with Qtips, don't use the same side for each side if u have it on both because this is a fungus infection you don't want to spread the germs
3- use rubbing alcohol (I used one with 50% alcohol) to clean the AC then I fanned my lips and again dryed them with the Qtips because bacteria breeds in wet surfaces
4- I for the first 2 days because I had off from work applied pure petroleum jelly individually on each sides of my lips with AC and on my actual lips and then topped the AC with baking soda, this helped dry out the AC and kill most of the fungus, it reduced the cracks by 50% and dried out the fungus. I no longer had ugly scabs.
5- I repeated that 3 times a day for 2 days and then switched the baking soda to vagisil and the petroleum jelly to aquaphor, used to treat cracked dry lips EXCEPT I applied the vagisil first then used aquaphor to keep my lips from being dry.
By day 4 I'm almost completely CURED! When I wash with the soap I scrub off the dead skin that used to be scabbed and is now soft. You would never think just 4 days ago I had unsightly scabs and flaking by my lips. I'm excited and happy to have my face back. I was a constant lip licker and definitely will NOT be anymore. I now plan on using aquaphor as a chap stick to prevent the AC from returning. GIRLS I know it's hard but try not to cover with makeup because it just makes it worse and dispose of anything that made contact with the AC because it is not infected.
I hope this helps everyone because I was so worried that I would be screwed and this was my cure and I think it will work for others!! Good luck!
I got a crack on the side of my mouth and it didn’t heal for a month, normally cuts on my mouth heal in a few days, so I went to a drug store to ask for something that would work better to heal it than just chapstick. The man there recognized it immediately as angular chelitis and said he could almost guarantee it was from an iron deficiency. I got an IUD put in about 7 months ago, which is causing me to have incredibly heavy periods. I’ve noticed I’ve been getting dizzy easily, and can’t sleep, turns out chelitis is another symptom of anemia.
I had been irregularly taking a daily vitamin with 18mg iron, 6mcg B-12 (a deficiency in this can also cause chelitis), and 1.1mg of riboflavin. Apparently when you are iron deficient your body can’t absorb the full amount in a vitamin, so he told me to take my regular vitamin every day, and also take another one, he said the best was “Blood Builder” by megafood in the afternoon, but to take 2x a day for no more than 3 days. Too much iron is terrible for you, so you need to be fairly certain you’re anemic before you try this.
But it worked! Over a month of an open wound on the side of my mouth, of having people look at it and not my eyes when they talk to me, and then in 4 days it healed! HA! I win.