Angular Cheilitis is widely accepted as a disorder that is due to the lack of certain vitamins and minerals in the person’s body. This deficiency often leads to a weak immune system which allows microorganisms to take hold and cause an infection.
There are several symptoms that one can look out for to see if they have this disorder.
1. The most common symptom is the lesions at the corner of the lips or corners of the mouth. The corners will be sore and dry and can easily break during the ordinary action of opening the mouth to speak or to eat. There are times when the corners of the mouth may seem crusted or “weeping” with a clear fluid.
2. Another common symptom is having dry lips, which can also crack and bleed for no apparent reason. A person who is suffering from Angular Cheilitis will also notice that the lips are peeling. Trying to moisturize the lips by licking it will only serve to make matters worse, and lip moisturizers can relieve some of the symptoms but will not get rid of the Angular Cheilitis.
3. Soreness around the said areas is also pretty common, with or without the presence of lesions. This may be the earliest symptom that is detectable, but it is rather vague as a diagnostic tool. That is because soreness can come from a multitude of other reasons.
4. There are also times that blisters or a rash may appear in the areas commonly associated with Angular Cheilitis, which is again a vague tool to diagnose the disorder. Blisters or rashes may come from allergic reactions or other causes. On the other hand, they could also lead to the development of Cheilitis.
Angular Cheilitis is bothersome, especially if one considers the fact that many of a person’s activities depends on the functions associated with the lips and the mouth, such as talking or eating. It is also a cause of embarrassment for many people because there is very little one can do to hide the rashes and the lesions. Finally, Angular Cheilitis can also mean that there is something that is seriously wrong with the person’s overall health.
If any of these symptoms are persistently present, it is time to seek professional medical advice. Along with any treatments that a doctor may prescribe, it is also best if the person with Angular Stomatitis makes efforts to correct the underlying cause of the Angular Cheilitis as soon as possible.
Often times, a good diet and healthier lifestyle will rid a person of these symptoms faster than just medicating it alone.