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Doctor insights on: Angular Cheilosis

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Can angular cheilitis spread herpes?

Can angular cheilitis spread herpes?

Yes: The transmission of herpes is not 100% with contact but increases with any breaks in skin or contact with mucosal membranes. One could potentially "auto-inoculate" or spread the herpes virus to different parts of their body this way. ...Read more

Dr. Lois Freisleben-Cook
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Painful Cracks At The Corners Of Mouth (Definition)

(angular cheilitis) uncomfortable broken skin at the ...Read more


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What can cause angular cheilitis?

What can cause angular cheilitis?

Chelitis: Many conditions and factors can precipitate transient or chronic cheilitis, including overexposure to the sun, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, medications, dehydration, diet and certain systemic diseases. Transient cheilitis typically requires no medical intervention. Treatment for chronic cheilitis depends on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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Cure for angular cheilitis?

Cure for angular cheilitis?

No quick treatments: Angular cheilitis is the cracking at the corners of the mouth, with some inflammation and probably some candidal yeast overgrowth. A little clotrimazole antifungal cream and a little hydrocortisone cream for week can make it better, but is not for long-term use. A doctor can check for signs of vitamin deficiency, lip eczema, or oral herpes. ...Read more

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Angular cheilitis cracking, advice on meds?

Angular cheilitis cracking, advice on meds?

Chelitis: Many conditions and factors can precipitate transient or chronic cheilitis, including overexposure to the sun, nutritional deficiencies, allergies, medications, dehydration, diet and certain systemic diseases. Transient cheilitis typically requires no medical intervention. Treatment for chronic cheilitis depends on the underlying cause. ...Read more

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How to treat angular cheilitis?

How to treat angular cheilitis?

Antifungals: The cause is secondary to overgrowth of microorganisms at the corners of the mouth (usually the yeast candida albicans). The treatment is to treat the yeast with medicine such as Nystatin and/or by addressing some of the causes which lead to the overgrowth in the first place (excessive saliva pooling at the corners of the mouth). See your dermatologist and/or dentist for evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause angular cheilitis besides anemia or vitamin deficiency?

What can cause angular cheilitis besides anemia or vitamin deficiency?

Many things: Classically vitamin B12 or iron deficiency is the text book answer, but in the us today, this type of inflammation is more often caused by topical trauma, such as wind, cosmetics, or mouth pieces used in some sports. Some medicines cause the mouth and lips to become dry, and occasional allergic reactions to meds or foods have been reported. ...Read more

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Cracked corners of mouth, is it herpes?

Cracked corners of mouth, is it herpes?

Unlikely: Based on your description of 'cracked' lips, it's unlikely to be herpes. Furthermore, herpes is also unlikely to affect both corners of your mouth at the same time. You either have chronic dry lips, in which case the simple use of a lip balm daily would help. However, sometimes a fungal infection can also cause this. See you dentist. He or she can give a special medicine which help. ...Read more

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What causes angular cheilitis and how can itbe treated?

What causes angular cheilitis and how can itbe  treated?

Yeast: This problem is also called perleche and is caused by moisture trapping in the corners of the mouth. First, try applying some otc ketoconazole 1% cream once daily at bedtime. This should clear quickly (3-5 days). This is usually a chronic condition so the using the cream on a regular basis may be needed. If this doesn't fix the problem, see you doctor for help. ...Read more

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Is jock itch cream (clotrimazole) helpful in treating angular cheilitis?

If fungus yes: If cheilitis is due to a fungus, then yes. Often though angular chelitis is due to a bacteria & erythromycin might be enough. ...Read more

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Can you use kenacomb ointment for angular cheilitis?

Hurt On The Corners: Yes,but just a plain steroid cream would probably work just as well, unless the inflammation is so bad that you develop an infection and look like The Joker.After it calms down it's important to try and keep the corners of your mouth dry.Like,use the napkin frequently,be careful chewing gum and use extra care when eating citrus, carry some tissue with you,no lip licking,As for wet kisses,well... ...Read more

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What causes horizontal ridges in fingernails? Mineral deficiency?

What causes horizontal ridges in fingernails? Mineral deficiency?

Protein deficiency: Malnutrition with low protein intake or chronic illnesses that cause consumption of body reserves lead to poor nail quality with horizontal ridges marking when it occurred chronologically. ...Read more

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Lichen simplex chronicus is it pimples?

Lichen simplex chronicus is it pimples?

LSC: Lsc is a condition caused by chronic rubbing/scratching of the skin. A form of eczema, it may be treated with topical corticosteroids, moisturizers, and oral corticosteroids or oral antihistamines in some cases. See dermatologist for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Help can biopsy of lips rule out cheilitis glandularis & cheilities granulomatosa?

Help can biopsy of lips rule out cheilitis glandularis & cheilities granulomatosa?

Yes,: biopsy is strongly recommended to rule out specific granulomatous diseases. See an oral pathologist or orofacial pain specialist near you. ...Read more

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Could zilactin b irritate canker sores?

Could zilactin b irritate canker sores?

It's possible: Although zilactin is intended to manage the symptoms of canker sores and other oral soft tissue irritation, some patients will occasionally develop a sensitivity reaction to one of its components. In these cases, use of this product would be counter-productive, and it should be discontinued if irritation occurs. ...Read more

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What causes angular cheilitis and how can one treat it?

What causes angular cheilitis and how can one treat it?

Angular Cheilitis: Some causes are iron deficiency anemia, vitamin b2 deficiency, zinc deficiency, old age with missing teeth, chapped lips from cold weather, fungal infection, or medications that dry the skin. Treatment is treating the cause, such as topical antibiotics or vitamin supplement. ...Read more

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What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

What causes horizontal nail ridges (beau's nails)?

Beau's lines: Some are infection in nail bed, injury, skin disease, low calcium, chemotherapy drugs. ...Read more

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What causes vertical ridges on thumb/finger nails?

What causes vertical ridges on thumb/finger nails?

Beaus lines: The vertical ridges are called beauslines and usually for during an illness or traumatic event, where nails stop growing for a period and then start again once a person is well. ...Read more