Are the corners of your lips always dry?

Written by Dr. Apurva Chavan

November 9, 2020

Do you have red, irritated lesions on the corner of your lips? Do you keep licking the dry, rough skin of your lips? Are the corners of your mouth always dry and itchy? Then you may have angular chelitis.

The main signs of angular chelitis are soreness and irritation in the corners of your lips. The other symptoms are blistered, crusty, cracked, painful, red, scaly, swollen and even bleeding lips and corners of the mouth. Sometimes a bad taste in your mouth is also present.

What causes Angular Chelitis?

Saliva coupled with fugal growth is the most common cause of angular chelitis.  Saliva accumulates in the corners of the mouth and its warm, moist soft conditions attract various fungi, bacteria and even viruses to come an attack. Deficiency of vitamin B12 and iron are the other causes of angular chelitis.

The following factors put you at a higher risk of getting angular chelitis.

  • sensitive skin
  • excessive saliva production
  • have overhanging upper lip, causing deeper angles at the corners of the mouth
  • wear braces or removable retainers
  • wear dentures or other oral prosthesis
  • thumb sucking
  • smoking
  • frequent use of corticosteroids or antibiotics or oral retinoids
  • have regular infections like oral thrush
  • have diabetes, cancer, anemia or Crohn’s disease or Downs syndrome, Sjögren’s syndrome or HIV

Treatment options

The main goal of the treatment is to keep the corners of your mouth clean and dry. Stop licking your lips frequently. Use ghee or cocoa, Shea or Kokum butter to soothe chapped lips. Petroleum jelly or coconut oil can be used for extremely dry lips.

Get Dental News Straight in Your Inbox!


Author Bio: Dr. Apurva Chavan is a dentist by the day and a voracious reader and writer by the night. She loves to fix smiles and tries to keep all her procedures as pain free as possible. Equipped with over 5 years of experience she loves to not just treat her patients but also educate them about dental hygiene and appropriate maintanence routines. After a long day of preserving smiles she loves to curl up with a good book or pen down some of life’s musings. She strongly belives that learning never stops and likes to keep her self updates with all the latest dental news and research.

You May Also Like…

What Causes White Spots Teeth?

What Causes White Spots Teeth?

You look down at your teeth and see a whitish spot. You can’t brush it away, and it seems to appear out of nowhere....

12 Comments

  1. Sumedh Londhe

    got a quick remedy after reading the blog

    Reply
  2. Mohan

    I really like reading an article that will make anyone think.

    Reply
  3. Sonia

    There is definately a great deal to find out about this subject. I love all of the points you have made.

    Reply
  4. Varun Moni

    You have a bloody attractive website. I like the occupied information that you provender with every article.

    Reply
  5. Zuber

    I simply wanted to thank you one more time for that amazing web page you have made here.

    Reply
  6. Rohit Gujjar

    Currently it appears like dental dost is the top dental blog out there right now.

    Reply
  7. Imran M

    Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you penning this write-up plus the rest of the website is extremely good.

    Reply
  8. Suraj

    some fantastic selective information.

    Reply
  9. Ramrajan

    The 2nd paragraph is truly a nice one it assists readers.

    Reply
  10. Kisan Kale

    Thanks for sharing, this is a fantastic blog post. Awesome.

    Reply
  11. Pankaj lalwani

    Say, you got a nice dental blog post. Thanks Again. Awesome.

    Reply
  12. Inzmam

    I just like the valuable information you provide for your articles.

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Get Free & Instant Dental Checkup!!