I used the Curad Silver gel at night prior to going to bed but after rubbing it in well I covered it in two coats of liquid bandage thus preventing it from becoming moist during the night.
I get this from time to time. Now at the outset of the tiniest crack in the corner of my mouth, I do the following:
1) Immediately up my intake of B Complex.
2) Apply Hydrogen Peroxide on Q-tip at corner of mouth. (I saw a lot of people say rubbing alcohol, but it's already dried out and why sting if you don't have to!)
3) Manuka Honey applied with q-tip after the peroxide dries. This honey from New Zealand has antibacterial properties and is used in many british hospitals to treat all sorts of skin disorders and burns. I get mine online and keep it handy. I once had a tummy ache while on an island vacation and a spoonful of this handled it right away.
Got off topic a bit there... but when doing steps 1-3, morning and night, by the next day it already shows signs of healing so I just keep up the vitamin B. Hope this helps!
Like other people have said, I tried everything -and I mean EVERYTHING -so there's no use telling you what didn't help.
I had two that DID work, only one was 10X faster.
Healed in one week: Applying rubbing alcohol with q-tips, then loading a mixture of clotrimazole 1% (for yeast infection, about 10 dollars) and antibiotic ointment as often as I could -even making a mixture in a tiny bag and putting it my purse. That healed in 4-5 days.
Healed overnight: After reading so many people had success with the Curad Silver Solution, as well as Lypsyl 'Extreme Cold Sore Relief' it was gone overnight. Spent maybe about 10 dollars and got relief!
Plus putting a humidifier in your room at night helps keep it under control :) Good luck!!!
I used a full-on barrage of things on my AC, as my career is as a classical clarinetist and it was making it painful to play.
Here are the substances I used: rubbing alcohol, OTC Lotrimin cream, OTC Curad Silver Solution (which others have posted about often on here), Aquaphor Lip Repair (their version of lip balm), and Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment. Plus mouthwash, Qtips and Cotton balls as necessary.
After brushing my teeth in the morning, I would rinse out my mouth with mouthwash. I just used whatever I had on hand (happened to be Crest). While doing this, I would soak both ends of Qtip in the rubbing alcohol and hold one end of the Qtip to each side of my mouth where the AC was. Be careful to use the same end of the Qtip on the same side of the mouth as to NOT cross-contaminate! The alcohol will burn like nobody's business, but it helped to dry out the corners of my mouth. ALSO - on my toothbrush, I wiped down the plastic part right below the bristles with the rubbing alcohol on a cotton ball, to avoid the infection growing on my toothbrush.
After letting the alcohol dry and spitting out the mouthwash, I would apply (either with Qtips or just-washed fingertips) the Curad Silver Solution to the corners of my mouth and let dry. I made sure to go far past where the red AC was noticeable. Once this is dry, I applied the Blistex Medicated Lip Ointment like I would normal lip balm, except I squeezed it onto a fingertip to apply (to avoid the infection growing on the tube's applicator surface).
I would do this same process at night right before going to bed.
Right after lunch, I would do the same thing (minus the mouthwash as I don't take it to work with me).
In between the morning/lunch/bedtime routine, I would do the following anytime my lips felt like they were drying out:
Wash my hands. Do the rubbing alcohol routine (if I could take the rubbing alcohol and Qtips to work, otherwise in a pinch I used hand sanitizer).
These times I would apply the over-the-counter Lotrimin cream to the AC spots, and use the Aquaphor Lip Repair balm on my lips.
I really only varied my routine because the Curad Silver says only to apply every 1 to 3 days, and the Lotrimin says to only use it twice a day. I didn't want to 'over do' it on either one of those, in case there were negative side effects just waiting to pop up.
I am not sure which one is having the best effect (Lotrimin vs. Curad) so I can't speculate on what would work for everyone, but this just happened to be what I did and so far it is working extremely well.
I've been dealing with AC for about 1 month before I realized that it wasn't just extremely chapped lips or a weird cold sore. I live in Missouri where it is quite humid (even in the winter) and that sure doesn't help. I went to California for 10 days for a vacation, and without applying anything it started to go away on its own so I know that for me the drier weather helped.
Over the course of the 1 month, I have only started to do the routine above for 2 days (this is Day 3) and in the last 3 days I have had immense improvement! On Day 1, I had horrible deep cracks and extensive scabbing, and even flaking all around the rest of my lips just because they were so dry from trying to compensate for the AC.
On Day 2, my cracks were still there but noticeably more shallow, and my scabs were starting to get worse (as in healing more).
Today, Day 3, my scabs have started falling off and there is flesh tone colored skin below! No more redness developing under the older wounds! My cracks are completely closed, and I can open my mouth normally! I expect tomorrow to be even better. The corners of my mouth are still pinkish, but it blends in better with my normal lip color. And you can kind of see a very faint outline of where the cracks used to be.
I expect to go for another 4 full days of the same routine, just to definitely get rid of the infection.
The best thing for me has been to be proactive about preventing re-infection by cleaning my toothbrush with alcohol and not applying the lip balms directly to my lips and using a finger to apply instead.
Thank you everyone who has posted before me! I definitely took everyone's tips and combined them for what I thought would work for me.
Good luck to everyone else battling this nuisance!
After suffering for years, I decided to experiment with diet and found that eliminating NUTS keeps the symptoms away! I don't have any other nut allergy, but sure enough when I eat something containing high amounts of nut or nut butter, the redness and cracks at the corners of my mouth reappear the next day!
My cracked mouth corners went on for a year, and finally the condition is getting better recently due to the right treatment. My previous doctor mis-diagnosed it for ' dry skin due to dry weather'. After google 'cracked mouth corners', I found it on Wikipedia. And I believe that my condition is caused by fungal infection. So I went to another doctor who precibed me these two medicines: Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream USPS, 0.1% (a type of topic steroids) and Nystatin Cream USP (an anti-fungal cream). I applied them both on my mouth for twice a day. I stopped using the steroid cream after three days when the cracks on my mouth corners healed. I continue to use the anti fungal cream. It has been two weeks now. My condition is getting better and better. I will need to use the anti-fungal cream for a month even after the symptoms disappear. At the meantime, I am super strict with the hygiene of the infected area because fungus is very resistant and you have to be super clean at all time. I only use paper towels to dry my face after each wash, I change my pillowcase every night, I put a clean sheet under my blanket (the area where your face and mouth touch) every night. It is too much work to change a big sheet every day so I used a clean pillow case or sometimes a small towel instead. The goal is to beat the fungus completely. At the mean time, I am increasing my immune system by eating healthy, exercise, relax, no alcolhols, no smoking, etc.. Fighting fungal infections can be a long battle, but you have to win, otherwise it will make you miserable for the rest of life. You can do it!
Hemp hearts/seeds. My son has suffered from AC for years and nothing worked. He would get it every couple of months. Read somewhere that it might be an omega issue so tried hemp hearts, one tablespoon a day and then after a month, one tablespoon every few days. It cleared up and has not returned. Been ac clear for over one year now. He continues to take it as a preventative measure. Worth a try as it's easily found at grocery or health food stores and can be added to salads, cereal, smoothies, etc. Such a relief to have finally conquered ac.
I have been struggling with angular cheletis for a year now. I have tried literally everything. What worked for me was buying something called breath Rx, a mouthwash. I rinsed my mouth 3x daily and dabbed it on the corners of my mouth 2x daily and it cleared up on 2 days. I hope this helps anyone else struggling. Good luck!
Worked fast! Antifungal cream for athlete's foot, clotrimazole 1% (Lotrimin) store brand cost 2.00 with results in two days. I applied 4-5 times daily coupled with an antibiotic oitment (Neopsporin) store brand cost 2.00. I feel it was the antifungal that did most the work. In five days my cracking and redness was nearly gone. Now, 2 weeks later I am totally clear. I had tried going natural with Tea Tree Oil, Grapefruit Seed Extract and Peroxide 3% all applied topcialy with NO improvement. I began taking a good B vitamin complex 2 times a day early on in the natural treatment and will stay on it from here on out. It was the simple 'drugs' that did the trick.
This is what worked for me. I dip a Q-tip in organic cider vinegar and swab the corners of my lips. (Yes, it stings.) Put antibiotic ointment on the corners and then slather your lips with Aquaphor. Do this day and night. It may take a week or two but it does work, better than the Nystatin ointment prescribed by my dermatologist.