Inflammation on lips is known as cheilitis. The skin around the mouth(perioral skin), the vermilion border, or the labial mucosa are included in cheilitis. It may be acute or chronic. Mostly the skin and the vermilion border occur and mucosa are less affected by allergies. Glandular cheilitis is also a type of cheilitis. Actinic cheilitis is a type of cheilitis which is caused due to the long exposure to sunlight.

Mostly due to fungal infection caused by the yeast named CANDIDA, Saliva gets trapped and builds in the corners of your mouth, Common bacterial infections like Staph and Steph, Multiple infections with bacteria and fungi, Dry chapped lips, An overhang of upper lip resulting in deep furrows.

Angular cheilitis treatment includes

Applying Lip palm

Proper nutritional supplements

Applying topical antifungal cream

Intaking filler injections

Having oral fungal medications like ketoconazole, nystatin, Monistat derm

Antibacterial medications like fusidic acid, mupirocin

Usually, it takes about 2 to 3 weeks to cure, also according to the medications it may take a longer duration to cure. cheilitis will also be painful just like other sores.

Cheilitis won’t spread from one person to another it spread only from one side of the mouth to others. Since cheilitis is either a fungal or bacterial infection it won’t spread to any other part of the body.

Some studies have reported that nutritional deficiency is also the causes of angular cheilitis. Nutritional like vitamin B2 and iron deficiency are responsible which results in malnutrition and malabsorption.

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