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What is Angular Chelitis?
One of the most sensitive organs of the body, the mouth is particularly susceptible to a number of health conditions. When affected, the mouth is also a major site of pain and discomfort. One such condition that causes individuals of varying health backgrounds this type of oral pain is Angular Chelitis. Referred to by a number of different names including corner of mouth sores, Perleche, Angular Stomatitis, and others, Chelitis is in essence the a condition in which the lips become inflamed and irritated. In regards to Angular Chelitis, the “angular” refers to the corners or angle of the mouth.
Typically beginning as a minor discomfort similar to that of chapped lips, Chelitis then progresses in intensity causing the mouth to become extremely dry and chapped. The condition can also lead to large lesions or cracking and splitting in the corners of the mouth in severe cases. While the exact cause of the condition is largely unknown, some common habits and health concerns may be at least partially to blame including touching the lips with soiled hands or fingers, drooling, chewing on foreign objects, dental work, stress, illness, vomiting, a weakened immune system, and several others.
Natural Treatments for Angular Chelitis
Whatever the cause, treatment of the condition is possible. One of the counter remedy that has been proven effective in many cases is topical Cortisone cream. Other more natural remedies are also available, though. Many individuals have found relief by applying pure coconut oil, tea tree oil, or yogurt to the affected area. Supporting the immune system with effective supplements is also helpful for warding off the bacteria that causes Chelitis. Vitamin B Complex and vitamin B12 are particularly effective for boosting immune health. No matter the cause of Angular Chelitis, finding an effective remedy takes little more than finding what is effective for your body.
|Over The Counter||6 YEAS|
[YEA] 07/31/2010: Catscradle123 from New York, NY: "Bee Propolis cured my Angular Cheilitis. I had a painful rip at the corner of my mouth that would not go away for a week. Last night, I added three drops of Bee Propolis tincture and slept on it. The next morning (today) the rip healed significantly. Will keep adding drops today!"Replies
09/13/2010: Jack from Boston, Ma replies: "The Answer - This took some digging as to the cause, but first I will tell you the cure:
Rinse & topical: For morning before work routine rinse with 1 cup water 3 tblsp white vinegar 1 tsp salt, then take cue tip wetted with hydrogen peroxide and dab infected area & then spread antibiotic ointment that is in a petroleum base over lips and affected area.
For night do same rinse, dab with peroxide and then pat infected area with baking soda and allow to dry - leaving it on over night. The baking soda more than anything I believe to help keep area dry. Don't go picking at the area or rubbing it with the cue tip or your fingers. Actually, just try to leave it alone.
By morning 2 you will be on road to recovery. Now along with this take a multi vitamin, a b-complex, folic acid, b-12, iron, vitamin C and acidophilus supplements. Take one acidophilus with each meal.
Now the cause: sucralose (artificial sweetener). A Duke U study whose results were disqualified (squashed) found that in tests with rats that Sucrlose taken in acceptable quantities proportional to their size decreased good intestinal bacteria by 50% by day 10. So, so much for the immune system; let the canker sores and angular chelitis begin! Let the Candida run wild! I was having 2 glasses of wine a day that kept the bad bacteria at bay but I stopped drinking and within two weeks things went out of control. For the 3 months prior to that I had been religiously eating Activia Lite which contains sucralose. The cracks in the corners of my mouth on a few occasion during that time tried to get a foothold but the wine stopped that from happening. I have now switched over to that Greek yogurt (plain). I take my vitamins. I still do not drink but I will soon now that the cankers & angular chelitis are behind me. Oh, and I should point out that the sucralose had other effects on me. I was having bad insomnia and couldn't figure what the heck was going on. I would say within 48 hours of stopping the Activia my sleep returned and the Chilitis started to improved. I guarantee also the sleep had a big effect on helping me get cured of the chelitis. I also had an odd rash on my torso. All this crazy stuff. I really thought it was from alcohol dependence though I really hadn't been drinking enough or for that long to have any problems.
In the end I think in an odd way the alcohol was keeping this thing at bay. It was crazy, I hadn't had a canker in a couple of years and I had never had angular chelitis before - and who knows what that rash on my torso was all about. I thought it was from my tried & true laundry detergent that suddenly decided to turn on me. I have vowed never to consume any artificial sweeteners again. I have almost cut sweets of any kind out of my diet. I have switched to whole grains, lightly steamed vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, and healthy protein sources. No more simple carbs. I was always kind of healthy but now I'm a little over-the-top but why not."
[NAY] 07/11/2011: Woundcarept from Tucson, Az replies: "I just tried Jack from Boston, MA's rinse with baking soda and found my lips burning, burning, burning. I am a medical practitioner who specializes in wound care and am pretty open to alternative methods of healing. I also have a pretty high tolerance for discomfort and am willing to try pretty much anything at this point to assist with my itching, cracked lips (unsure if it's angular chelitis or really tiny cold sores d/t what I believe is exposure to gluten--undiagnosed celiac disease is my suspicion at this time). When the burning continued, I decided to wipe everything off my lips, soothe them with an ice cube... And they feel so much better now.
Unfortunately, I didn't have a good experience with this remedy and wasn't able to give it much time to work. Perhaps I'll try it on a smaller patch... Or try the other suggestions. As most of us know, for successful results, it's best to treat the cause and not the symptoms."
11/02/2012: Dan from Aurora, Il, Usa replies: "I have dealt with angular cheilitis for years now so I will share what works the best and the fastest for me.
When I get the cuts in the corner of my mouth I wash the cuts with liquid dish soap. (Not the kind you put in the dish washer. ) This cleans and dries out the cuts. Keeping the cuts or sores dry and clean is the number one concern here. I then apply hydrocortisone cream maximum strength with water resistance to the cuts or sores. I do this three times a day.
At night I put on an antibacterial cream. The hydro cortisone and the antibacterial cream also seems to relieve some of the pain. That is it! This usually works in 24-72 hours if you catch it early. Treating this doesn't have to be complicated.
Don't touch the cuts or lick the sores. This will make the cuts irritated and prolong the healing. Keep the cuts dry besides applying the cream. Avoid acidic beverages and alcohol.
It's has been the fastest and most convenient remedy I have found. God luck and stay well. I hope this helps!
Castor Oil and Baking Soda
[YEA] 01/15/2010: Bryan Martin from Dayton, Ohio: "I have suffered with angular cheilitis for many years. I have tried many things including, antibacterial cream, cortisone cream, fungal cream, tea tree oil, oregano oil, hydrogen peroxide and more. I had some success with tea tree at keeping the sores from getting larger but nothing has helped to diminish them until now. My angular cheilitis was a pretty severe case with a raise "sore" at the corner of my lips that was at least the size of a dime, and then raised up somewhere between 5-7 millimeters. The condition has really hurt my self esteem. Thankfully I finally found a way to rid myself of angular cheilitis. I made a paste of castor oil and baking soda and applied it over night. After just one application my angular cheilitis was reduced by half, several more and it now almost completely gone! This remedy has been easy, cheap, and it's the only thing I have ever found to be effective. Just mix some castor oil and baking soda until it makes a thick heavy paste and leave on over night. It will burn some but it really really really helps!"Replies
01/20/2010: Soremouth from Vancouver, Bc replies: "Has anyone else tried this? I bought Oil of Oregano for my angular chelitis and it's now really bad. Before I had a sore, red rash in the corners of my mouth. Today, my skin is completely split and open on both sides of my mouth. I want to try the castor oil & baking soda but I don't want to make things even WORSE."
[NAY] 05/12/2010: Tamara from Des Plaines, Il replies: "Castor Oil and Baking Soda didn't help me heal my mouth cracks. I think it just made it worse. May be I wrong. I started taking multivitamin and the cracks started to heal."
10/30/2011: Lkslive from Vancouver, Bc /canada replies: "Try marigold cream - this helps with healing and with bacteria etc. You may also be in a vitamin b or e deficiency- take a good multi along with vit e and b complex-b12 and folic acid this regime daily will help."
[BETTER BUT NOT CURED] 11/16/2009: K.A. from Cape Town, Rsa: "First, thank you all a million --and especially to Ted from Thailand, as my terrible oral Thrush started going away as soon as I started his protocol. Very severe case, as I had no idea what it was and treated it with Corsodyl mouthwash for bacteria.
But, the angular chelitis on my lip corners has been very resistant. That is where the infection started, but until the Thrush went inside my mouth and turned white, I thought I had cut myself with dental floss, or burned my mouth on coffee and maybe it had gotten infected--therefore, I treated it incorrectly until the entire inside of my mouth, tongue, tonsil area and palate were covered with white plaques, and the corners of my lips cracked so that I could not talk for 4 days-- until I started the Apple Cider Vinegar, Hydrogen Peroxide anti yeast diet heavy acidoplilus.
Even when this was clearing up well, the lip corners did not respond. That is when I tried OTC antifungal (some result), tea tree oil (no result), lavender oil (very soothing but no rememdy)...the application of ACV did not help, nor did (name brand) lip ointment with alantoin (sp?) to reduce keratin formation.
But, this Dakins Solution has worked a treat...so I wanted to let you all know, in case you have a similar problem.
I found a recipe for Dakins Solution: 1/4tsp household bleach (sodium hypochlorite only) in 1/2 cup water. Pinch of Bicarbonate of Soda optional.
I rinsed with this and within a few hours the inflammation was noticably reduced, and the cracks were less "oozy". For the first time, I feel that my lips are actually healing, rather than just not getting worse.
I wanted to put a little lavender oil on them, but I am just holding off and letting them dry out a bit.
I will continue on the anti-yeast diet and ACV, H202 tonic--because I have had such a bad sinus for years that I think I might have had a long-term yeast problem and not known it. I catch every flu around, and my sinus infection is chronic and I don't treat with antibiotics anymore for fear of developing resistance.
Does anyone know how to get the Allantoin that reduces keratin formation in some other form other than that popular ointment? It is very expensive here in Africa, and it works so great on anything chapped or scar forming?
Thank you all again for all the great advice and I have sent this site to several friends, whom I know will love it!"
EC: More about Dakin's Solution: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakin's_Solution
11/16/2009: Janice from Coloma, Mi replies: "K.A. Your post really caught my attention. My dog has had cracks at the corner of her mouth and her lips are inflammed and they have been that way for over a year. I have had her to three different vets and they don't know what it is but they want to give her prednisone. I'm not happy with that. One vet did say it was a yeast or fungus but hasn't been able to help and I just go around and around trying everything I can think of. I think I am going to try the Dakin's Solution on her. I have nothing to lose. I'm wondering if a dog could have angular chelitis. Thanks for giving the instructions for making the solution. I do have a question though. Did it really hurt when you put it on open cracks. Her mouth is really pretty raw. Thanks again."
05/01/2011: Jmiller46656 from Troy, Al replies: "Jack from Boston, thank you so much for your post. I've suffered this condition for four years. I research angular chelitis daily, and have read almost every and any blog about it. Your comments are among the few I've found of people who are actually trying to help others altruisticly. From my personal experience one of the worst scammers on the net is Katherine Sage. She used to charge from 70-90 dollars for her "so called" cure, but now is charging around 30$. This cure I paid 70 dollars for about two years ago was to clean the affected area with anti-bacterial soap then apply vaseline. What a scam! I hope she burns in hell for taking advantge of people. Enough of my ranting. Your post was a breath of fresh air compared to the many out there. They all say the same thing. Apreciate it."
Flax Seed Oil
[YEA] 09/29/2009: Janet G. from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada: "after one bad year of chelitis i found something totally at random which was very effective. i noticed that once i introduced flax oil daily to my diet the problem quickly vanished. i took a total of 6 capsules daily at 3 intervals the capsules were 1000 mg. each. i have never had the condition again. so 2 capsules 3 times daily...inexpensive and it worked."Replies
04/04/2012: Bobby from Retford, Uk replies: "I have suffered with this on and off for several years. I tried everything - even candida diet etc etc. Nothing seemed to work.
The last month, however, has been very promising indeed. I now look 98% normal as opposed to 80%! I think this is due to me taking 4 flaxseed capsules a day (2 in the morning, 2 at night). But I have also been eating a lot of unsweetened ('greek') yoghurt, more milk than usual, more B vitamins, plus a drop of clove oil a day. Could be the combination but I reckon the flaxseed is the main contributor at work."
[YEA] 04/01/2012: Misha from Binghamton, New York: "I highly recommend supplementing with Folic Acid to eliminate this condition. Take a slightly larger dose than recommended. I can personally attest to its effectiveness."
09/26/2011: Rob from North Hollywood, California: "I thought I had perioral dermatitis. red bumps around lips, dry cracking lips, corner of mouth cracked and bleeding. I went to Dermatologist and he immediately diagnosed it as Cheilitis. He prescribed Nystatin and Triamcinolone Acetonide Cream. After two days my symptons were 80 percent gone. After 3 days, 95 percent gone. Truly ecstatic with the results!"
06/15/2011: Martin from Tipperary, 0: "I found a message board from Dr. Stoll when doing some searches on Angular Cheilitis Home Remedy. I found no other solutions online except Dr.Walts recomendation to take b 100 vitamins. A few weeks later and its totally cleared up and hasn't come back."
04/15/2009: KT from Irvine, California: "Hello everyone, my lips have bothered me since I was little. Only 4 years ago I finally realized my toothpastes are doing it to me (having changed many over the years). For some time Crest whitening Scope worked just fine, now - I am getting a reaction to that too. My lips dry out and peel all the time even with herbal toothpastes like Tom's, Peelu, Vicco (some being Ayurvedic)!!! Please help with a TOOTHPASTE SUGGESTION that does not harm lips. Currently I am brushing my teeth with Baking Soda, Orange Grind & Indian Mustard Oil. This isn't helping much either!!! I've also started with Zinc & B2 supplement. Let's see what happens. Also bought Lysine cold sore treatment today. Will report later how it goes."
EC: Here's a post on EC that may help: http://www.earthclinic.com/CURES/dental-health.html#BSKSP
07/22/2010: James from La Quinta, California replies: "I use liquid soap for my teeth. It is a mixture of distilled water, olive oil, coconut oil and other essential oils if you wish. Those oils will not dry your lips. I buy it online, stuff isn't cheap though.. One could make it themselves at home. I believe soap is the way to go for brushing teeth."
12/20/2008: Suzanne Dunning from Oakland, CA: "I am curious if you have any remedies for Angular Cheilitis- About a week ago, I started having this little crack at the corner of my mouth- it gets flaky, and is painful, and won't go away- I've been putting lavender and tea tree oil on it. Any ideas? Thanks"
EC: New page created, thank you for the suggestion!
12/22/2008: Terry from Westport, Connecticut replies: "I have had this many times in my life. I believe it to be an allergic reaction to some preservative in foods, but I haven't yet pinpointed which preservative it is. Some brands of hot sauce cause this to happen. I also just bought a new brand of toothpaste last week at the grocery store from Arm & Hammer and within an hour the right corner of my mouth started to peel. The toothpaste had touched my lips when I was brushing. It's happened before with toothpaste so I need to use natural brands - I just forgot until it happened yet again! The fluoride isn't causing it because the natural brands I use like Tom's of Maine have fluoride in them (ha, not so natural!). I am guessing you are also having an allergic reaction to either food or toothpaste and it's something you keep using! One more trigger for me is certain brands of lipstick. I don't know what they put in them but it causes the cracking and dryness at the corners. Let us know what you discover!"
12/23/2008: Amanda from Trenton, Ontario replies: "Dear Terry: please read up on fluoride. It is a toxic Chemical left over from the smelting of aluminum. It is used as a poison. It has the ability to attach to the DNA in the place of hydrogen atoms (simular atomic structor but more reactive). If your aim is to kill oral bacteria you would do better to rinse your mouth with clove tea!"
Heavy Metal Detox
10/20/2009: 007rg from Sherman Oaks, Ca: "Heavy metal detox: i've been battling angular cheilitis for years... think it started when i was pretty young and got a mouthful of silver/mercury amalgams. from all of my research which has been extensive bc need to finally get rid of angular cheilitis forever. turns out that heavy metal poisoning causes the body to farm candida to bind with the metals which in turn can cause angular cheilitis. basically get rid of the metals in your system then start to eliminate candida. they seem to go hand in hand with me. also caused health issues like hyperthyroidism, loss of hair, brain fog, muscle & joint aches... i've recently removed 80% of my amalgams and waiting for financial stability to get rid of the rest. wish the process wasn't so expensive but so far it's helping. hope this info saves some of you a lot of time and despair."Replies
12/09/2011: Bcutts from Portland, Or replies: "You do realize that once an amalgam filling is placed in your mouth, it only releases MINISCULE amounts of mercury? You would get more mercury from eating a tuna fish sandwich than you ever would from all your amalgams over a lifetime. When the amalgam is placed, and when it is removed are the biggest times of risk for ingesting amalgam. Bits can escape the assistants suction (I know, I am one) and as vigilant as we are, we can't catch it all. In fact, when an amalgam is being removed, it's ground into a fine dust all over your mouth, which of course is impossible to completely remove. Don't swallow, haha! Basically, don't bother getting your amalgams removed. They last years longer than composites (unless you're replacing with gold inlays, which could last forever) and you'll be exposing yourself to MUCH more mercury than you would by leaving them there."
12/10/2011: Jen from Bozeman, Mt, Us replies: "As an ex-dental assistant I used to fall for that line too. Until I started having so many problems that I realized there was only one other option left, it had to be the fillings. Don't listen to your dentist who says you get more mercury from a tuna sandwich then you do from a filling over your lifetime. They are just as misinformed as you. Amalgams break down and over the life of the filling (usually 10 to 15 years) little tiny toxic pieces break away. At that point they aren't getting sucked into the suction from the dental assistant they are going into your body and usually parking somewhere deep in your cells to cause havic with your health. If you take charge and have the ability to remove your amalgam fillings I say do so. You will be toxic for a shorter time than if you leave them and let them slowly deteriorate. Not to mention if fillings last for 10 to 15 years guess what happens when its time for a new one. The dentist drills the old one out causing toxic fumes to cause problems for the dentist, assistant, and definatly for you the patient. So go for it now and get rid of the poison while your still healthy enough to detox the mercury from your system.
I used to sit there and listen to my boss who was a dentist give the same bs line to every patient who asked. I feel terrible having been a part of that now that I know differently. I fell for it too. Dentist's do not perform any studies on mercury and how much goes into your system through your life time. Nor does anyone else for that matter. They are using data from short term studies. There is no way to get that information on a human without constantly testing the persons blood, hair, saliva, urine, etc... over thier entire lifetime.
If you are ill and you don't know why and you have amalgams I would suspect them if I were you. Composites are much stronger now days than they used to be. You can even get composite build ups for crowns that last almost as long as amalgams. There are also inlays and onlays as well as glass ionomer fillings. Any dentist who tells you that your health is not in danger by getting the amalgam fillings is just as much a fool as the rest of us. Many dentists are becoming aware of this. You can google Biological Dentistry to find a dentist who removes amalgams in a safe manner. They have all been trained on the dangers to them, you, and thier employees so they practice safe removal. Here is a site to check out.
Milk of Magnesia
[YEA] 07/25/2012: Ms.priss from Houston, Tx: "I hope this helps someone who is suffering with angular chelitis/thrush.
Around 3 months ago I noticed little horizontal cracks at the corners of my mouth. Soon very dry lips appeared, and I never have dry lips. I started putting vasaline on my lips which seemed to help but it never completly went away. I found this website and others which advised using an anti-fungal cream, which I did. It worked and I thought I had it beat, but a month later it was back and worse.
Not only did I now have the cracks and the dry lips, the inside of my mouth became very sore and it was unbearable to eat or open my mouth very wide. I used more vasaline and since I suspected it was yeast related I started rinsing my mouth with 1 part organic apple cider vinager and one part water. It was pretty painful at first, but after a week it seemed to go away, or so I thought.
Two weeks later, I noticed my lips feeling different and the inside of my bottom lip becoming very sensitive and sure enough the next day the cracks were back!
I came back to this sight and read about people using Milk of Magnesia to combat yeast and if its in the mouth, its called thrush. I thought only babies could get that and I'm a mother of three breastfed babies who never got it, so why me and why now at 40 yrs old am I having to deal with thrush!
Well, last Friday I tried it and it worked like nothing else has. 2 days after my first use, my mouth looked completely normal. I'm on day 5 and its like nothing ever hapend. No cracks, no sores, no dry lips!!!!
Here is what I did:
Step 1- Buy plain, unflavored milk of magnesia. Generic works, peppermint flavored and cherry do not.
Step 2- I shook it up well and, swished it around in my mouth, for about a minute. No, it does not taste good and do not swallow, spit it out but do not rinse. When you spit it out you will notice white stuff immediately coming out of your mouth. I do believe that it is dead yeast.
Step 3- Apply a nice layer on, around your lips, and inside lips. It is runny, so it will be a thin layer. Let it dry like a mask with your mouth slightly open. Use cotton balls to soak up extra saliva if you dont want to swallow.
Step 4 - Let it dry completely. Yes, you will look like a clown but the results are worth it.
Step 5 - Rinse off with plain water. And you can rinse your mouth out to.
Step 6 - After 15-20 min, brush your teeth with baking soda and rinse with 1part Apple Cider Vinegar and 1 part water. Be sure and brush your tongue and gently brush the inside of your mouth to help exfoliate the dead skin.
Step 7 - Apply vasaline to keep lips and surrounding area as moist as possible.
You will notice the skin on your lips and around your mouth, that has been infected with the yeast, will dry to a thin scab. Please do not pick at it. It will come off, but you can irritate and tear your healthy, delicate lip skin if you try to pull it off too soon. Not fun, I know. The skin will start to come off on the second or third day.
I did this 4 times on the 1st day (morning, mid-morning, afternoon and before bed). 3 times a day for two days. 2 times a day for 2 days and now just once a day.
[YEA] 06/18/2012: Chris from Los Angeles, Ca: "For years I would get Angular Chelitis, on one or both sides of my mouth, about every 6-8 weeks, which would last for about 2 weeks. In other words, I had it 1/3 to 1/4 of the time--it was a nightmare. About 6 months ago, I started taking MSM, and have not had it since. It is nice and cheap (I paid about $20 for 2.2 pounds), and completely cured my Angular Cheilitis. Personally, I take 2-3 teaspoons per day."Replies
07/18/2012: Katie from Houston, Texas replies: "What exactly is MSM? Ive been doing the B Vitamins And Iron, with only mid success."
08/28/2012: John from Manchester, Uk replies: "I agree totally. After several years of trying everything I think this might be the cure."
01/26/2013: Suan from Portsmouth, NH replies: "msm is sulphur, a safe mineral supplement."
Over The Counter
[YEA] 08/10/2013: Ldsrenee from Honolulu, Hi: "I read forums over several days when my lips became severely chapped and the corners began to split. I had used Carmex which did nothing and symptoms worsened. I tried pure coconut oil--nothing. I tried Ketoconizole--still nothing. Zero improvement and much more pain. I couldn't eat without pain or wear my favorite lipglosses and it started to look bad too. What I did after a week of these trial remedies was I kind of combined several options together. I went to the local drugstore and straight to the First Aid isle. I purchased a tube of Polysporin (which has antiseptic properties and contains zinc) and a tube of A+D ointment (which has lanolin to increase cellular production and white petroletum for creating a protective barrier to seal those medications in. And that's exactly what happened. I used the Polysporin first (very liberally with a clean Q-tip) and then sealed it with the A+D (also liberally)--careful not to mix them or smear the Polysporin away. By morning, my lips and the painful stinging cracks were 60% healed. I could open my mouth enough to eat without it hurting and the swelling/redness went away. The whole next day and night, I did the same thing. By morning of the 3rd day my lips were 99% healed. One more day and night and my lips feel conditioned and healthy, with no sign they were ever sore.
I hope this helps someone out there!!"Replies
08/12/2013: Dolly from Cherry Hill, Nj replies: "Folic Acid supplements works for Angular Chelitis."
[YEA] 07/25/2012: Marti58 from Mundelein, Il: "I developed angular chelitis last November. It went away then it came back. My doctor didn't know what to recommend. I tried different oitments with zero results.
Finally, I used Maximum strenth Hydrocortisone which started to heal these lesions the same day. In 3 days both cracks healed, and the area remained pink. Since it's an obvious imflammatory condition - try Cortisone. Thanks"
[YEA] 04/10/2012: Leah from Wichita Falls, Texas: "I applied camphophenique on my angular cheilitis and immediately started feeling relief from the small tears that I've been battling with for almost 3 weeks."