There is no running from the reality that having chapped lips can really get irritating if left to fester. Truth be told, chapped lips can even drive some people crazy with the pain. So, it is all the more troubling to know that a worse form of chapped lips exists, and it is called angular cheilitis. Angular cheilitis, also called angular stomatitis, can be much more painful than chapped lips, and there are two forms of it: fungal and bacterial.
Our discussion for now will cover different aspects of angular stomatitis, such as its identification and treatment. The best, and probably the easiest, way to determine whether you have or will likely have angular cheilitis is to check your mouth area for symptoms such as fissures and cracks in the corners of your mouth. There might also be instances when some redness and/or swelling will take place on the infected area, while some instances could bring about a level of tenderness and soreness in the same area.
However, this is not the worst of it, as some sores could worsen and lead to bleeding and could develop ulcers. Therefore, any time you feel these symptoms, the best thing to do would be to have it looked at immediately.
Still, it is possible that angular cheilitis might find a way to get to you, in which case you will have to be extra careful when eating, talking or performing any activity that involves your mouth. This has to be done in order to not re-open sores and prevent bacteria from getting inside through your wounds. Failure to be careful might lead your mouth area to crust over and scab, which is definitely a big problem.
With that in mind, it should definitely be a priority to get some treatment if you are starting to feel the symptoms. So, what are ways to treat angular cheilitis? First, it is best to determine whether your infection is fungal or bacterial and go from there. In order to do that, you could have your doctor get a sample of the infected area’s culture to see if bacteria is present or not. Your doctor might also perform blood tests to see how big an impact your infection could play in your body’s immune system. By taking these tests, you are only making it easier for your doctor to give the proper recommendation and treatment that will help you get rid of your problems fast.
Therefore, whenever you start to feel the symptoms usually associated with angular cheilitis, do not wait until it gets worse. Be active and immediately seek the help of your doctor.