I have diabetes and I took some vit.B 50 for a few days then some iron also. Then i came to this site and read the entries. I found some Tinactin powder for athelete's foot,added some water to form a paste and applied to the corners of my mouth. This is healing up now and the pain is almost gone, I can open my mouth now and eating is so much easier.
I was struggling with this problem for a while. I tried a bunch of different ways to get it to heal with cortisone, different anti-fungals etc. From what I've learned about this problem is that it is caused by fungus, and can also be accompanied by a bacterial infection. I believe I developed this problem because I was drooling in the corners of my mouth occasionally during sleep. I've read that other people have developed the same problem from drooling. I believe I have the absolute best way to heal this problem. It involves dietary therapy and a really good topical that works great. The best way to heal the problem is through your diet. Yeast lives best on sugars, and I've found that by reducing them healing is greatly increased. In my case the dietary change was absolutely essential, without it there was no success. Here are some guidelines to help starve the yeast.
1. Avoid all sweeteners like sucrose, fructose, cane sugar, brown rice syrup, beet sugar, glucose.
2. Greatly reduce intake of grains during healing. Especially refined grains like white rice, or white flour.
3. Avoid fruit juice as they are high in sugar. Eat the whole fruit as the fiber will help reduce a spike in blood sugar.
4. Avoid alcohol especially beer and wine because they contain yeast.
5. Avoid other fermented foods, yogurt is ok.
6. eat mostly fresh fruits and vegetables, good protein like fish, chicken, turkey, avoid red meat.
Next I found a great topical ointment that works for both bacterial and fungal infections so will take care of both problems if both exist. It is very similar to a moisturizer so it can be put on several times a day but can't be noticed. The stuff is a little expensive but lasts a long time. It works really well for helping heal acne too. It is called Emugency first aid spray their website is
If you do what I said above it will work. Let me know about your success.
1. To prevent or treat mild cases: stop using any kind of 'oral rinse' before going to bed at night -- no Listerine (dries out your mouth) and no weird calcium stuff (gives bacteria stuff to feed on). Coat the corners of your mouth liberally with Carmex (the kind in the little pot with the yellow lid.
2. To treat more serious cases...use a cotton swap to apply .05% hydrocortisone to the affected area 2x per day. Use the Carmex as well.
3. If the hydrocortisone on its own doesn't work, try a VERY SMALL DAB of Lamisil (yes, the athlete's foot cream) on each corner of your mouth. You aren't supposed to put it on your face, but sometimes it's the only thing that works!! You may need a tiny bit of moisturizer over it, too, as it can dry out skin.
Blistex Medicated Ointment. (Not the balm!)Take the ointment and gently rub it into the cuts, as well as on your lips. It may burn a little if your cuts are deep or are really inflamed. Apply this at least 3 times daily or when you feel that your lips are dry.
When I first noticed that I was getting Angular Cheilitis (a cut in the corner of my mouth), I assumed it was no big deal and that it'd heal on it's own. Boy, was I wrong. The cut just kept getting worse and after 3 weeks, I was getting so frustrated that I'd planned to go to the doctor.
Well, before I set up an appointment, my mom suggested I try Blistex. So, I figured it was at least worth a try. Within hours I noticed a difference! After 3 days of using the Blistex, my cut was no longer painful and was starting to heal. It also stopped hurting when I had to open my mouth to yawn or eat, which was amazing. Within about 5 days, it was completely healed.
My cut wasn't very deep or inflamed, but it was extremely painful. When dealing with more serious Angular Cheilitis, it's more than likely going to take longer to heal.