If you have ever experienced painful cracks in the corner of your mouth, you have likely experienced Angular Stomatitis. A fairly common condition, Angular Stomatitis is often called by other names including Perleche and Cheilosis. By any name, though, the condition involves the inflammation and cracking in the corners of the lips and mouth. Stomatitis is known as the inflammatory process that affects the mucous membranes of the oral cavity while the angular description refers to the corners of the mouth specifically.
No individual cause can be defined for the onset of Angular Stomatitis in individuals; however, several factors have been found as direct links to what may cause the condition. Commonly associated conditions include poor oral hygiene, nutritional protein deficiency, reactions to certain foods and drinks, consumption of toxic plants or materials, or poorly fitted dental apparatuses. In addition, some conditions that affect the overall physical health of an individual may also be linked to Angular Stomatitis. Such conditions include allergic reactions, medications, radiation or cancer therapy, and infections. While any individual can develop the condition, certain groups are more predisposed to it. Children, pregnant women, and the elderly are most susceptible to Angular Stomatitis.
Natural Treatments for Angular Stomatitis
When it comes to curing Angular Stomatitis, natural remedies have been proven most effective. While immune deficiency is not necessarily the cause of the condition, boosting the immune system helps support the body’s defenses and prevent further onset of the condition. Supplementing the diet with vitamin B2 or Riboflavin, iron, and zinc can help treat Angular Stomatitis. Using topical applications of coconut oil or tea tree oil may also help ease the symptoms and prevent further cracking. In any case, drinking plenty of water and taking the appropriate supplements should relieve the pain and begin the healing process.
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About the Author: Deirdre Layne
Founder and CEO of Earth Clinic, has an extensive background in health and healing. She created EarthClinic.com in 1999 as a way to teach people about natural remedies and alternative healing therapies. Since then, thousands of people around the world and their pets have been healed by the remedies found on Earth Clinic. Deirdre holds a BA from Mount Holyoke College in Philosophy and is the author of the book Apple Cider Vinegar: A Modern Folk Remedy.