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Kelsey Lou

I suffered with angular cheilitis for almost four years. In that time I tried a lot of different things to treat it – anti-fungal creams sold for vaginal yeast infections (Monistat) and athlete's foot (Tinactin), hydrocortisone cream, triple-antibiotic ointment, zinc oxide (diaper rash ointment), petroleum jelly, and a specially made concoction compounded by my hometown pharmacist. All of these were all able to reduce soreness and close the cuts, but they never fully cured me.

I read on a forum (possibly this one) that baking soda worked well to heal the wounds by sucking up the moisture like a salt and essentially starving the infection (it has long been used for burns and insect bites for this reason) so I began using it on the corners of my mouth. After washing the inside and outside of my lips with antibacterial soap and patting the area dry with a paper towel, I would use my finger or a Q-tip to apply the baking soda on top of a layer of ointment so it would stick to the wound (preferably petroleum jelly or diaper rash ointment, both of which seal off the area from moisture and can relieve symptoms successfully by themselves), but it works just as well pressed into the open wounds by itself (this way is much less noticeable and can be used even when you’re out in public).

It took a couple flare-ups and subsequent treatment over the course of a month or so for it to take, but I literally haven’t had any cuts or soreness for over a year now. It burns like all hell (I’d describe it as a “good” burn, though it can be overwhelming at times) and it has an unpleasant salty taste when it gets in your mouth, but it is totally worth it. I would strongly suggest this method for anyone with a more relentless infection that hasn’t been cured using anti-fungal creams or ointments.

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