I have been searching these forums and help sites for a long time now looking for some practical help. I'd tried pretty much everything suggested to little or temporary relief. Recently I decided to try mixing Cannesten (thrush cream) with my prescription antibiotic ointment (Fucidin) and whilst it has taken about 2 weeks to show, my mouth has all but healed. I'd suggest it for anyone really struggling. I also switched to a fluoride-free, non-flavoured, sodium lauryl sulphate-free tooth paste (lavera make a pretty good one) and I avoid overly-salted or spicy/chilli foods and food/drink contsining citric acid when my mouth is split. Hope this helps.
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.