If you have ever suffered from painful cold sores caused by cracks at the corners of your mouth then you have very likely suffered from Angular Cheilitis even if you had not heard that term before now!
Angular Cheilitis is accepted as being related to a number of equivalent complaints and is known by a variety of other names such as Angular Chelitis, Chelosis, Angular Stomatitis and Perleche. If you have a bout of cold sores and/or anuglar chelitis you may find even simple things like eating or talking cause some irritation and distress as this can cause the sores to crack open. The very act of opening your mouth can cause the scabbing cold sores to reopen which can cause extreme pain.
The jury is out on what causes angular chelitis but the most common belief is that it is a bacterial or fungal infection. You will have less chance of contracting angular chelitis if you are someone who keeps their mouth and lips clean and dry. To make sure you minimize your chances of suffering form angular chelitis and cold sores you should be sure to maintain an excellent standard of oral hygiene. Many mistakenly believe that licking the lips to keep them moist helps but it certainly does not. In fact, the saliva carries bacteria which can cause the cold sores to worsen and cracks to reopen. So, tempting as it might be, you should try to avoid licking your lips.
Applying a good quality lip balm in times of extreme heat or cold is also recommended if you want to avoid dry cracked lips. Your lips can become dry or chapped when over exposed to the sun and this could turn into a case of angular cheilitis. In extreme cases your doctor might prescribe you with an anti fungal cream to help eliminate the cracking at the corner of your lips. Further damage can occur when we sleep so you should always remember to apply a balm to your lips before retiring for the night.
A balanced diet with good quantities of foods enriched in vitamin B in particular are thought to be fundamental if you do not want to get angular cheilitis. A healthy and balanced diet should also include foodstuffs rich in vitamins A and C.
If your diet does not include healthy daily servings of cereals and grains, fruit and vegetables you will be at risk of angular chelitis, not to mention other infections.
So long as you have a balanced and healthy diet, there should be very little chance of you falling prey to angular chelitis. The exact cause of angular chelitis is not entirely clear however, what is known is that all sufferers endure pain and often public ridicule.
For those who have searched and failed to find a lasting cure for their cold sores and angular chelitis there is great news in the form of a new cure. No more topical creams and expensive prescription drugs for you! There is a new method thought to be a permanent cure which involves the use of two everyday products which abound in most kitchens or bathrooms and which is hoped will end suffering from with Angular Cheilitis once and for all.
The time is now to wrest control of your life away from this horrible complaint and say goodbye to cracked and dry lips and sores forever.