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what is the best way to treat painful cracks at the corner of the mouth?

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Dr. Tinuola Adeyanju
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 39 years experience
Treating the cause.: Painful cracks at corner of the mouth may be due to different things like teeth devices like braces or dentures. It may be due to vitamin deficiency. You could put ointment on it to reduce the crack and associated pain like you may find in lip balm and you may want to check your nutrition and add vitamins to allow fast healing. Healing depends on rectifying the cause.
Dr. Angelica Balingit
Internal Medicine 29 years experience
Lip cracks: Some over the counter remedies for lip cracks include Vaseline, aloe gel, Burt's Bees lip balm. These have to be applied frequently as they rub off quickly.

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