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A 34-year-old member asked:

I have cracks at corner of mouth. what can i do?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Alianswered
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Cracks: Dermatologist might help if causing discomfort.
Dr. Daniel Quon
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery 43 years experience
Need to be seen: Cracks at the corner of the mouth can be caused by several things. Over stretching of the lips, some nutritional deficiencies, and an improper bite relationship are some possible causes. Your dentist would be a logical place to start to try to identify the cause and provide recommendations for you.
Dr. Allena Willis
19 years experience
Angular chelitis: Angular chelitis(cuts at the corners of the mouth) can have an etiology from bacteria, fungus, a loss in vertical dimension, or iron deficiencies. See your dentist for proper care as soon as possible. Proper diagnosis is key for proper treatment.

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A 43-year-old member asked:

Cracks at corner of mouth after oral?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Stephan Quenztel
Psychiatry 28 years experience
Friction, drying: I assume you mean after oral sex you find cracks in the corners of your mouth. It's not serious, in all likelihood. There is a small chance that you have a sexually transmitted disease on your lips, and that requires treatment. But more likely is that the friction and motion of the sex act, plus perhaps the drying quality of genital secretions on your lips, combine to cause the cracking. Lubricate.
A 48-year-old member asked:

The cracks in the corner of mouth won't heal. What do you recommend?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Goodpaster
Dentistry 30 years experience
Angular Chelitis: You probably have angular chelitis though generally there is some itching or burning associated with it but not always. One thing that can cause this is eating a lot of acid containing foods like tomatoes or oranges. You might try using Hydrocortisone cream over the counter 4-5 times a day but will most likely need prescritption strength to clear it up. Your dentist is the best person to see.
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